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!
May 18, 2020
Nourishing Communities During COVID-19
By MADRE - MADRE
In Nicaragua, Indigenous Peoples are denied adequate healthcare services and public health information — making them even more vulnerable during a pandemic. Thanks to your support, our partners at Wangki Tangni are meeting the added threat of COVID-19 by fortifying communities with health education, maternal healthcare and food security.
Through the programs of Harvesting Hope — especially seed preservation and distribution, and organic agriculture initiatives — our partners are able to ensure that disruptions to food supply chains do not leave entire communities without food. Because of your generosity, at the end of March, Indigenous women were able to harvest their fields, ensuring that their families and communities will have enough food to sustain themselves for the near future, despite food shortages. We’re grateful to you for helping to nourish these communities during such difficult times. We’re so thankful to have you standing with us! While this project will no longer be featured on GlobalGiving, rest assured that we are standing with the women who continue to support these communities.
Feb 7, 2020
Lighting Saraya's path to safety
By MADRE - MADRE
Saraya was eight years old when she was sexually assaulted by her uncle. She was living in a dismal displacement camp with her family when one day she was left in their tent alone — until her uncle arrived. He threatened to kill her or turn her over to ISIS if she told anyone. Filled with fear, Saraya kept quiet for several days. But it was too traumatizing for her to hold it in any longer. Saraya found her courage and told her mother what happened.
A local activist heard about Saraya’s assault and notified our partner, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI). OWFI lit a light in the darkness and jumped into action. They sent Saraya to a health center so she could get the treatment she needed. She also had legal aid throughout the entire case — and all of this was at no cost to Saraya’s family thanks to your support.
The uncle’s family tried to pressure Saraya’s family. They offered money and promises to marry Saraya off to a community member when she grew up, but her parents wanted Saraya to gain full access to her rights through court. When OWFI heard about this they intervened and made sure Saraya’s family didn’t accept anything but justice for what had happened to their daughter.
After a long court battle, Saraya’s lawyers won. Her uncle was sentenced to life imprisonment. Thanks to OWFI’s support — and yours — Saraya is safe with her family. Thank you for lighting the way to safety and making this life-changing work like this possible.