Bamboo Shelter for Battered Women in Nicaragua

 
$4,140
$10,860
Raised
Remaining
Aug 7, 2012

Closeout from Global GIving Muelle de los Bueyes drive.

Dear Donor,

CO2 Bambu raised $4500 out of its objective of $12,000 for a Women's Shelter in Muelle de los Bueyes.  With these funds, CO2 Bambu was able to build a structure that will, hopefully, be part of a future, larger build to fully meet the needs of the women in Muelle de los Bueyes.  For now, this "phase 1" structure is being used by the community for meetings, but not yet as a fully functional shelter, pending successful raise of additional funds.

Thank you for your generous support of our project.  Your contribution will help us continue to support women in Nicaragua. 


Jul 24, 2012

CO2 BAMBU Project Update

The CO2 Bambu initiative to build a safehouse for battered women in Muelle de los Buyes has accelerated since reaching the $4,000 mark.  We have met with the Director and two women teachers from the local primary school, who are working informally as the volunteer caseworkers for women in their community.  To date, they have worked on 80 distinct cases and they confirmed the urgent need for a safe house of their own.  In the absence of a single private setting, they are forced to meet with women in public places, not ideal for matters that require privacy.   CO2 Bambu took the initiative to broaden the scope of our support, beyond the building of the structure, by connecting these women to the national organization "Casa de la Mujer", a network of 17 field offices, with a broad and deep experience in setting up and running women-centric programs in rural communities.  The land has been identified and donated with the Oficina del Gobierno, which means that construction can start once we reach the minimal threshold of $8000, which corresponds to phase 1 of the "progressive house" that will eventually have 3 bedrooms, in addition to the main consultation area and office space.  Our immediate focus is to facilitate the creation of a formal Casa de la Mujer, with the help of the national organization, so that these women are not only given a physical structure, but a programmatic infrastructure that will enable them to reach the full potential of the services they aim to provide in their community of Muelle de los Buyes.  Acceptance as part of the Casa de la Mujer national program will open up the door to identifying further funding sources to complement the Global Giving initiative.


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Apr 20, 2012

Bamboo Shelter New Focus

The building of the Casa de la Mujer shelter is, again, on hold.  Some 80 local women have organized formally as an association and as a result, have rethought their program priorities.  No longer looking for a shelter, but rather a communal space that can be multi-purpose to support not only a shelter, but also a training facility for local women and a meeting space to sell their products.  The project will now require completion of the initial estimate of $11K to meet the Casa de la Mujer objectives.  We invite all prior donors to "double up" and help us make this possible for the women of Muelle de los Buyes.

Jan 12, 2012

Update on CO2 Bambu

The Casa de la Mujer project in the community of Muelle de los Buyes has passed a critical milestone with the formal creation of a Casa del los Mujeres association in the community.  As a result of CO2 Bambu's involvement in this organization, we were able to orchestrate formal recognition and adoption by the national organization Casa de las Mujeres, of a newly constituted MdlB entity.  Now that this legal step has been taken and a formal board constituted, the next step is to present the organization's credentials to the Municipality, in order to get access to a specific property owned by the municipality, next to the local school.  There are many reasons for doing this, including the fact that all the principals of this association work at the school as Director and instructors.  In parallel, a process has started between the newly constituted Casa de las Mujeres and the national organization, to prioritize the program offering (i.e. counseling versus training, assembly versus emergency shelter etc), which in turn will impact the final construction.  The leadership of this Casa de la Mujer have asked CO2 Bambu to hold back on construction of the initially proposed home, in order to consider modifications to the design, to meet operational priorities.  Current estimate is that construction will start by end of February 2012

Oct 12, 2011

Land Identified for Battered Women's Shelter

The CO2 Bambu initiative to build a safehouse for battered women in Muelle de los Buyes has accellerated since reaching the $4,000 mark.  We have met with the Director and two women teachers from the local primary school, who are working informally as the volunteer case workers for women in their community.  To date, they have worked on 80 distinct cases and they confirmed the urgent need for a safe house of their own.  In the absence of a single private setting, they are forced to meet with women in public places, not ideal for matters that require privacy.   CO2 Bambu took the initiative to broaden the scope of our support, beyond the building of the structure, by connecting these women to the national organization "Casa de la Mujer", a network of 17 field offices, with a broad and deep experience in setting up and running women-centric programs in rural communities.  The land has been identified and donated with the Oficina del Gobierno, which means that construction can start once we reach the minimal threshold of $8000, which corresponds to phase 1 of the "progressive house" that will eventually have 3 bedrooms, in addition to the main consultation area and office space.  Our immediate focus is to facilitate the creation of a formal Casa de la Mujer, with the help of the national organization, so that these women are not only given a physical structure, but a programatic infrastructure that will enable them to reach the full potential of the services they aim to provide in their community of Muelle de los Buyes.  Acceptance as part of the Casa de la Mujer national program will open up the door to identifying further funding sources to complement the Global Giving initiative.

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Project Leader

Daniela Hammeken

Washington, District of Columbia United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Bamboo Shelter for Battered Women in Nicaragua