First I want to personally thank you for your support of our Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children program. This program is critical to the safety of hundreds of battered American women and their children annually.
As a supporter, I also wanted to let you know that I have published my memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival, almost 15 years after escaping Dubai.
If you are interested, my memoir goes into detail of why I was compelled to start the organization. To read the first chapter for free please go to www.harvestingstonesbook.com
For the launch on October 7th, the kindle version will be available on amazon.com at a discounted price of only $2.99.
Folks that buy Harvesting Stones between October 7th and October 17th, and leave a review, will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. On October 18th we will pick the lucky winner!
I truly appreciate your belief in my vision and our mission. Warmest wishes, Paula
We usually see a slow down in September after the busy summer months when most battered American moms flee back home to the USA with their children. This year is different. We have had 18 new clients the first ten days of September and our case managers already have an on-going case load of 100 clients.
"I asked for help at the American Embassy and the consular officer there gave me your information. You have no idea the difference you made for me. Knowing you were there to support me gave me the strength I needed to flee back home to my parents house. I will never forget you!"
Without donors like you our work would not be possible. Thank you for believing in our mission.
Warmest wishes, Paula
As you know the cases of American women and their children being battered overseas are very complicated and can take a long time. After two years of working with one family, Tamra and her two sons, a judge allowed Tamra to stay in the USA with her sons and did not force them to return overseas. The judge put the safety of her and her sons first, not returning them to horrific abuse in the foreign country.
This is a case where we were able to provide wraparound services because of your generous donation. It took two years but now this family will be safe forever from abuse.
Here is a note from Tamra: Amazing! I will never, ever forget what you have done for us. You saved our lives. God bless you.
Because of your generosity, we were able to help 547 American women, plus their children, in 57 countries suffering with domestic violence. That is a record number. While we wish there was no need for our services, we are honored that you find our mission of value and donate to help American women and children in crisis overseas.
Here is a quote from someone you helped: "I can't believe how wonderful Christmas was! For the first time, the children were able to have a real Christmas and not be screamed at or hit by their father. We had a small tree and the church you connected us with donated new toys and clothes. They even went grocery shopping and got us a turkey! I have tears of happiness and thankfulness as I write this to you..."
Thank you so much for supporting our mission!
We are grateful to our expanding team of staff, volunteers and board members who use their talents every day, often under very stressful conditions, to impact the lives of thousands of American women, children and men abused in foreign countries. Our team works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on very complex issues and for that we are blessed.
While we won't have the exact statistics until January 2013, we have responded to a record number of pleas for help from Americans abused overseas in cases that seem to increase in intensity, complexity and possible lethality including pregnant women, forced marriage and honor killings. Without the contributions of donors like you it would be impossible to carry out our mission and for that we are thankful beyond words. In 2013 we envision peace in every home. A world where no child has to experience violence in the one place they should feel safe. Where they will learn to love and be loved with their self-esteem in tact. Warmest wishes to you and your family for 2013. Paula, Noelle, Debra, Rachel, Lucinda, Jenn, Stephanie, Hannah, Zoe, Aspen & Vicki
P.S. We have multiple micro-projects on Global Giving that you may be interested in supporting before the end of 2012, where a small donation makes a big impact.
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