MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

MADRE's mission is to advance women's human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. MADRE works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. MADRE's vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues we address and by a commitment to working in partnership with women at the local, regional and international levels who ...
May 12, 2016

Photos: The Farmers Market You Made Possible!

(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni

Already this year, your support of our Harvesting Hope project has done so much. You’ve delivered seeds and training to Indigenous women farmers in Nicaragua, the support they need to plant crops that feed their families. And now, we have even more great news to share!

Last month – and with your support – MADRE and our local partners organized a three-day farmers market for the women farmers to sell their crops!

These women live on the impoverished North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Here, in the remote Indigenous towns that scatter the region, women struggle with poverty and lack opportunities to raise money for their families. But your support changes that. The farmers market that you make possible, where women can sell their surplus crops, offers a vital source of income.

With their new earnings, women can buy necessities for their families, like clothes and school supplies for their children. Thanks so much for making this possible!

And here are a few photos from last month’s farmers market. Thank you!

(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni
May 12, 2016

Human Rights Radio: a Path to Safety

When we last reported to you, we let you know that thanks to your support, we were able to purchase equipment for our very own human rights radio station. And the good news keeps on coming!

We recently heard from Wangki Tangni, our on the ground partners in Nicaragua, with an update. They told us that just last month, with your support, we installed our brand new radio tower! This tower will broadcast our human rights radio shows to women in scattered and isolated communities across the region.

Through the solar radios that your generous support has already delivered to 115 communities, survivors of abuse will now get information on key protective services — like the shelters, medical care and legal services that Wangki Tangni and MADRE provide. Thanks to you, women facing violence will know where to go to find help.

Thanks so much for supporting this important project and for giving abused women in Nicaragua a vital path to safety.

May 9, 2016

A Space for Child Soldiers to Start Over

Great news! Thanks to you, we’re about to open a brand new art therapy and counseling center in el Choco, a poor community in the north of Colombia. Your vital support will help even more people!

Here, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and children survivors of war – uprooted from their homes and exploited as child soldiers – will have a new, safe space to share their stories of war and begin to heal.

What’s more, the decision to expand to el Choco is deliberate. The region will be home to one of the many “concentration zones” being negotiated as part of Colombia’s pending peace agreement. All sides in the conflict have used children as soldiers. These zones will serve as areas for these de-mobilized soldiers from rebel groups, including child soldiers, to assemble after they’ve withdrawn from combat.

Colombians have long dreamed of peace. And while a soon-promised signed agreement will be a moment to celebrate, we know that real peace depends on so much more than just a piece of paper. To ensure lasting peace, it requires hard work in communities impacted by war to meet urgent needs and to foster healing and recovery.

And thanks to your support, that’s exactly what MADRE and Taller de Vida are doing. In el Choco, young soldiers who have known nothing but war for years will have access to our vital support services. Together, we’ll provide counseling, therapy and other healing support to help them demobilize and reintegrate into society.

Your support helps ensure that these children of war can rebuild peaceful lives. Thanks so much for making this important work possible!

 

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