Mar 22, 2018

Men are crucial in our battle against sexual abuse

Boundaries are good
Boundaries are good

"I did not know how to put boundaries until today". These were words uttered by Samya who was one of the attendants of our training at the Cook Door factory. The Cook Door factory is a food factory with many sandwaich shops across Cairo.

This project is a partnership between Not Guilty and  Save the Children. There were 30 workers present. The training took place in February 2018.

 Since we decided to involve men in the safety in the workplace trainings, things have become so interesting. Teaching boundaries to men is actually an eye opener. Many men feel suffocated, one of them even screamed STOP IT RIGHT NOW, when he felt the group getting too close to him in one of the games.

Yet, Cook Door owners were wary about letting Not Guilty team train about harassment in the work place. They did not know what to expect since this training is quite new in Egypt.

So they decided to try us out once, then, if they like the training to go ahead and do the full five days.

SO, we decided to do the sessions on boundries. two sessions for men, and two for women.

It was amazing how men and women react differently: men were actually more annoyed when someone intruded into their private space delineated by a hoolah hoop. It is only then that they realized how annoying it is to women to have their boundaries broken.

"We never understood", commented Ahmed, one of the factory workers. "We always thought it was fun, adding some excitment to the dreary and long work days. But, I decided to stop now that I exeprienced that feeling of suffocation and annoyment".

One of the games we play during the workshop are the circles of boundaries, where they would put acquaintances in the outer circle, and get closer and closer till they reach the inner circle of the family and the spouse. Many had mixed up boundaries, putting people who should be in the outer circle in a circle closer to the family. They realsed that boundaries are good and they make healthy realtionships.

"Today, I learned I can put boundaries, even if the other party does not like it. My body belongs to me, and I get to decide what boundaries I need to have. I feel so empowered. Thank you Not Guilty".

Did Cook Door decide to take the rest of the training? Yes. Now, we are preparing for a training in August to the whole factory team.

We want to reach at least 15 factories in 2018.

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Jan 17, 2018

I need all GlobalGiving data base wisdom

Dear Everyone on GlobalGiving mailing list,

 

In 2017 Not Guilty trained 20 caregivers from Hope Village in Alexandria Egypt. Hope Village is a special school for mentally challenged children.
On January 5th,2018 they asked us to train 35 parents and caregivers as well as 15 mentally challenged kids ages 4-12 on anti sexual abuse and internet safety.
I would really appreciate your input and wisdom if you have any ideas, practical experience, links to articles, or techniques you may have used or studied.
Working on sexual abuse protection -specially among the mentally challenged - is never a one man/woman :) show but it is a group exercise.

I thank God for enlarging our territory of influence.

Thank you for your support.

Please email me at laila@notguiltyinc.org with any ideas, games, wisdom, experiences you might have on this subject.

I really appreciate you,


 Blessings on you from all of us at Not Guilty

 

Laila Risgallah
Founder and President
           

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Dec 27, 2017

Time for Celebration

What a year God has given us at Not Guilty! It can be summed up in one single word: fruitful!

Your generosity has made a difference and I want to share this good news with you! 

As I look back on this year and all the lives that have been transformed through our work together, I can describe so many wonderful testimonies of people who are grateful that you made this ministry possible!

This year, we have been able to expand our  outreach to factory workers including both men and women workers - many of whom are teenagers, create new tools and develop new partnerships that will advance Not Guilty's mission ... God will use all this to transform lives ... for years to come.

New doors are opening for God to strengthen lives, children, teenagers, parents and factories with Not Guilty training and counseling.
There are still many, many people across the country and around the world in need of Not Guilty's anti sexual abuse training. Many are living in the prison of guilt, shame and the brokenness of abuse. They need to hear the message of hope that sexual abuse does not define who they are; that their past should not shape their future.

Today, I warmly invite you to stand with Not Guilty once again to give them the best gift: Freedom from shame and guilt!

Together, we are bringing hope to people who are enslaved to the bondage of their past. No matter where I am, whether it’s my church, a school in Egypt, helping train parents in Menya, training caregivers in Assiut or speaking to refugees in the USA , people tell me the same familiar story, “I am changed because of Not Guilty…God saved me through Not Guilty…and now I am helping others, all thanks to Not Guilty.”

Your generosity has enabled them to leave a life of brokenness into a life of hope.

Your prayers and generosity will launch Not Guilty into 2018 — and continue this powerful impact around the world!

Thank you, again, from my innermost being, for your faithfulness. Is 61.1-4

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Laila Risgallah
Founder and President
           

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