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. 

May 18, 2020

Keeping Kids Safe

In Colombia, lockdown in response to COVID-19 has caused an increase in violence against women and families. As often happens during emergencies, the “shadow pandemic” of domestic violence has spiked and paramilitary activity is on the rise  leaving children at great risk.

Your support helps keep children safe.  For example, our partner Taller de Vida (TdV) tapped into the strength we’ve built together over years of partnership and urged the government to provide additional protection for children during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that those in vulnerable areas remain safe. TdV is  also developing a psychosocial support plan for teachers and community leaders to help them respond at the local level and meet community needs. They’re also distributing hygiene supplies and face masks. And during all of this, TdV remains in constant communication with the children they support and have taught them how to do their part in helping to keep their families and communities safe. TdV’s resilience shines in their holistic and thoughtful approach to keep their communities and kids safe. Thank you for making this life saving work possible!

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