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!

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.

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