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Sep 10, 2020

Amplifying young voices through storytelling

You may remember reading about Taller de Vida (TdV) teens Mónica and Laura who participated in the Colombia Truth Commission last year thanks to your support. To ensure even more kids’ stories are told in important spaces like the Truth Commission, our grassroots partner TdV uses innovative art therapy methods.

Through creative mediums like videos, TdV documents young survivors’ stories of violence. They submit these narratives to the Truth Commission, amplifying the voices of young Afro-Colombian and Indigenous girls and ensuring their experiences of war and conflict are widely heard. Growing up during the decades-long Colombian war, this kind of psychosocial support is vital to young people’s healing. Thank you for making this life-changing work possible and helping countless children and their communities heal by recognizing and uplifting their truth.

Jun 8, 2020

Handwashing During Drought

With barely enough water to drink, it’s all the more difficult to stay safe during a pandemic. In communities facing worsening droughts, handwashing seems unimaginable. But thanks to your generosity, our partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) are able to support six drought-affected communities in Kenya. They are distributing masks and setting up handwashing stations with soap by using water tanks previously provided by MADRE to collect rainwater. Now, in addition to dispensing drinking water, the tanks make handwashing -- a critical way to prevent the spread of the virus -- possible.

Not only does your generosity help meet the immediate needs of these communities, it has also enabled IIN’s network of Indigenous women leaders across Africa to share vital information and urge the government to respond to the pandemic. IIN’s multi-pronged approach demonstrates their ability to leverage their strength and leadership to save lives. Thank you for making this vital work possible!

Jun 4, 2020

Seeking Safety from Violence During a Pandemic

As has been widely reported, domestic violence has spiked dramatically during the pandemic. In places like Iraq where a curfew has been imposed, it’s even more dangerous for women and girls in search of safety to move about the country. Our partner, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), has quickly adapted their efforts to meet women’s immediate needs. Working alongside MADRE and in combination with your ongoing support, OWFI has enacted a holistic approach to keep women and girls safe.

OWFI is keeping as many shelters open as possible to provide safe spaces. And thanks to you, shelters are stocked with food, hygiene materials and protective equipment to keep women safe and healthy. OWFI’s reach goes even further by raising awareness on how to prevent and redress domestic violence via radio programming and their own newspaper. Thank you for making this life-saving work possible: your support is critical throughout the year, but especially crucial during a pandemic. 

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