Dec 30, 2020

Leaders Like Stella

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!

Oct 2, 2020

Facing Climate Breakdown During a Pandemic

Our partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) in Kenya fight to protect their communities who already suffer the effects of climate breakdown, including drought. Add to that the immense difficulties the pandemic brings -- such as needing water to wash hands -- and you’re faced with a serious problem. But these Indigenous women leaders are up to the challenge.

IIN is providing hand washing stations at women’s centers throughout remote Indigenous communities. And Indigenous women’s groups have learned to collect rainwater in order to cook, drink and wash their hands. These Indigenous women leaders are ensuring their communities have what’s needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for making this life-saving work possible!

Oct 2, 2020

Creating Connection Despite the (Social) Distance

As the pandemic continues to spread, our partners must continually adapt their work to keep their communities safe and our partner, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) is no exception. Throughout the pandemic, OWFI has worked hard to provide safe spaces for women and girls seeking shelter. And they’ve done everything they can to ensure those shelters are healthy places to be, stocking them with hygiene materials and protective equipment.

A critical aspect of OWFI’s services is offering holistic empowerment services for women, but gathering for those services, such as mentorship sessions or trainings, has become impossible due to COVID. That’s where you came in.

Thanks to your help, MADRE was able to increase OWFI’s ability to connect with local women by supporting a secure Zoom account for their use. Now, OWFI can safely organize empowerment sessions and one-on-one mentorship sessions -- services that are even more vital during such stressful and uncertain times. Thank you for making this simple, yet vital service available to our partners -- we’re so grateful to have you standing with us!

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