Living under ISIS control and suffering from trauma, Sonia* turned to one of the women’s centers created by the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq’s (OWFI). There, she received psychosocial support to aid her recovery as well as English and sewing classes to help her create a brighter future for herself. After completing her courses, OWFI connected Sonia with folks at a clothing factory where she was hired as a tailor! Thanks to your support, Sonia had the space to process her trauma, recover, and build new skills. She wanted us to share with you that her energy has been reignited and she’s hopeful for the future. Thank you for making this life-changing work possible!
*Name has been changed to respect the privacy of the individual
Jan 29, 2021
By MADRE - MADRE
In Kenya, the women farmers of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) have worked to improve community resilience in the face of the climate crisis, which has worsened droughts and limited water access for Pastoralist communities even before this pandemic, which has made access to water for handwashing all the more important.
Despite these challenges, IIN’s ongoing efforts to promote the harvesting of rainwater are helping to offset COVID-19’s impact on Indigenous communities. Thanks to the meaningful support of advocates like you, Indigenous women now have access to water tanks and storage containers, which they use to collect and store water for handwashing and sanitation -- vital practices for life-saving hygiene efforts. Because of your generosity, IIN is now expanding their reach to other rural Indigenous communities through a network of women’s centers. Thank you for standing with us, especially in times of uncertainty!
Dec 30, 2020
Leaders Like Stella
By MADRE - MADRE
With billions of people spending time in quarantine, it’s an unfortunate truth that domestic violence has become a twin pandemic of the coronavirus. Sheltering at home can leave women and children trapped with their abusers and cut off from support. But in Colombia, our partner Taller de Vida (TdV) continues to make sure women and girls have safe spaces to gather and seek the vital services they need. It’s thanks to your support that this lifesaving work is possible.
Charting the course for this critical work is TdV’s leader, Stella, who safely gathers families and communities together to address ongoing violence. She grounds these conversations in culturally relevant contexts, bringing a depth of understanding and comfort to alleviate the stress and trauma that these Indigenous women face. Some of the healing activities Stella facilitates include making bracelets or necklaces -- creating natural spaces for women to gather, talk, and support each other, while also crafting a product that can be sold and increasing economic independence.
Thanks to you and women leaders like Stella, local families can seek help when they need it most and maintain a sense of community during a time of isolation. We’re grateful to you for making this life saving work possible!