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Feb 25, 2019

Indigenous Information Network goes to Poland!

Rosemary speaking at the climate talks in Poland.
Rosemary speaking at the climate talks in Poland.

Thanks to your support, Indigenous women amplified their voices on the international stage. Members from our Kenyan partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) traveled to Poland to attend the annual UN conference on climate change.

There, our partner, Rosemary, shared how climate change makes it harder for Indigenous women to feed their families. And when food becomes scarce, conflict can erupt between communities — with devastating impacts. She called for policymakers to address climate change issues and to uplift Indigenous women’s voices and solutions.

With your support, we are also able to hold workshops with IIN on climate justice and organize exchanges between local communities in Kenya. These activities create safe spaces for women to speak up, share their ideas on how to combat climate change, develop leadership skills and build closer bonds between communities.

Rosemary often leads and attends these workshops with IIN. They provide her with public speaking experience and helped her strengthen her leadership skills. She ultimately used this experience on the international stage at the UN conference on climate change! Thank you for making this work possible!

Photo credit: Indigenous Information Network

Feb 7, 2019

Aya's Story

With your help, our partners at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) helped a woman named Aya,* and changed her life.

Aya, a widow and the head of her household, were terrorized living in ISIS-controlled territory. She faced unimaginable heartbreak, when her daughter and son were killed in ISIS attacks. She took her two sons and a granddaughter, and together they fled. They found a farm to work and live on. But conditions there were dismal, and they had little access to food and water. Things got even worse when she lost her job on the farm, and they ran out of places to go.

Our partners at OWFI are active in their local community and have a wide network of contacts. One local activist contact found out about Aya’s situation, reached out to OWFI, and asked them to help.

OWFI immediately mobilized to bring Aya and her family to a safe house, where they got the food and shelter they needed. OWFI provided the whole family with medical care.

OWFI also helps families obtain official identification documents, so they were able to get a birth certificate for Aya’s granddaughter. Now, she will have proof of her relationship to Aya and her nationality. A birth certificate will also enable her to go to school and get a job when she is older, see a doctor, and buy property.

Thanks to your support, Aya, her children and granddaughter are safe and receiving the care they need to heal and rebuild their lives. Thank you for making this lifesaving program possible!

*Names have been changed to respect the privacy of individuals.

Jan 10, 2019

Seed Delivery for Women Farmers

In December, women from our partner, Wangki Tangni, prepared bags of seeds to distribute to women farmers throughout a remote community on Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Coast called Waspam. They also held a workshop where women farmers could share their experiences and learn planting techniques.

When we create a space where women farmers can gather and share their challenges and successes, we help improve harvests and foster a sense of community. Thank you for making this possible!

In the first two photos, you can see our partners from Wangki Tangni packaging the seeds to be delivered. And in the third photo, you can see the workshop for local women farmers.

Photo credit: Wangki Tangni

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