For women who escape the clutches of ISIS, their ordeal is not yet over. Many still live in refugee camps, displaced far from their homes. Some are alone, having lost their husbands and families to ISIS violence.
But you can make a difference, and here is one example. Thanks to your support, our partners at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) recently sheltered several women for a month. These women were greeted with food, clothing, medical attention and therapy. While the women were at the shelter, OWFI worked hard to find their families and successfully reunited all of them with their loved ones.
As one survivor said, “We did not feel safe at the camp, we were at risk of being raped. We had nowhere to go. We are lucky we made it to the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. This is a very safe place, and it supplied us all sources of comfort. We feel safer now.”
Thanks to your generosity, women throughout Iraq are able to find the support they need to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their families.
Apr 16, 2018
Seeds of Empowerment
By MADRE - MADRE
Albertina's empowerment grew with Harvesting Hope.
With your support, our local partners distributed seeds for beans to almost 400 Indigenous women in 12 communities! They also held a workshop to help women farmers learn new skills to improve their harvests.
As a result, the women were able to sell their crops and feed their families. What’s more, women in this program tell us that the money they raise helps them become more independent in their own households. They are less controlled by their husbands and have greater freedom to make decisions for themselves.
Thanks to your support, these women are living healthier lives, can provide food for their families and step up as leaders in their communities!
In the photo, you will find Albertina, a newly-elected council member for her community — a political journey that started with the economic empowerment of Harvesting Hope!
Photo Credit: Wangki Tangni
Apr 16, 2018
Peacebuilding, Healing and Art Therapy
By MADRE - MADRE
Indigenous women find peace through art therapy.
With your support, our partner Taller de Vida held 15 workshops to help foster healing in communities impacted by war.
In the remote region of El Choco, your support helped to unite community leaders, teachers, midwives, young women and girls, and government officials, and together, they discussed ways to promote resilience and peace. We partner with local grassroots activists from Afro-descendants and Indigenous communities to spotlight their leadership and solutions.
Our local partners also provide therapy workshops. They create a safe space for participants to share stories and experiences from their lives. The workshops use expressive art as a tool to share traumatic experiences and build resilience. Through these activities, Taller de Vida reached some 85 participants, including 45 young women. Thank you for making these vital workshops possible!