MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

MADRE's mission is to advance women's human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. MADRE works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. MADRE's vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues we address and by a commitment to working in partnership with women at the local, regional and international levels who ...
May 12, 2016

Human Rights Radio: a Path to Safety

When we last reported to you, we let you know that thanks to your support, we were able to purchase equipment for our very own human rights radio station. And the good news keeps on coming!

We recently heard from Wangki Tangni, our on the ground partners in Nicaragua, with an update. They told us that just last month, with your support, we installed our brand new radio tower! This tower will broadcast our human rights radio shows to women in scattered and isolated communities across the region.

Through the solar radios that your generous support has already delivered to 115 communities, survivors of abuse will now get information on key protective services — like the shelters, medical care and legal services that Wangki Tangni and MADRE provide. Thanks to you, women facing violence will know where to go to find help.

Thanks so much for supporting this important project and for giving abused women in Nicaragua a vital path to safety.

May 9, 2016

A Space for Child Soldiers to Start Over

Great news! Thanks to you, we’re about to open a brand new art therapy and counseling center in el Choco, a poor community in the north of Colombia. Your vital support will help even more people!

Here, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and children survivors of war – uprooted from their homes and exploited as child soldiers – will have a new, safe space to share their stories of war and begin to heal.

What’s more, the decision to expand to el Choco is deliberate. The region will be home to one of the many “concentration zones” being negotiated as part of Colombia’s pending peace agreement. All sides in the conflict have used children as soldiers. These zones will serve as areas for these de-mobilized soldiers from rebel groups, including child soldiers, to assemble after they’ve withdrawn from combat.

Colombians have long dreamed of peace. And while a soon-promised signed agreement will be a moment to celebrate, we know that real peace depends on so much more than just a piece of paper. To ensure lasting peace, it requires hard work in communities impacted by war to meet urgent needs and to foster healing and recovery.

And thanks to your support, that’s exactly what MADRE and Taller de Vida are doing. In el Choco, young soldiers who have known nothing but war for years will have access to our vital support services. Together, we’ll provide counseling, therapy and other healing support to help them demobilize and reintegrate into society.

Your support helps ensure that these children of war can rebuild peaceful lives. Thanks so much for making this important work possible!

Mar 30, 2016

A New Water Tank!

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In the Enooretet community in Kenya, 10,000 people rely on the nearby Entonkai spring as their main water source – to drink, to cook with, to feed their livestock and to plant their crops.

But frequent and persistent drought caused by climate change means that water levels in the spring are dropping.
Women in the community said they had to travel farther and farther in search of clean, potable water. What’s more, children were falling ill from sharing contaminated water sources with livestock.

This community urgently needed clean water. And thanks to you, now they have it.

MADRE and our local partners, the Indigenous Information Network, recently put in a brand new, 10,000-liter water tank in the Enooretet community! Now, not only does this tank collect enough rain water for women and their families' daily use, but it's enough to supply the local school with water, too.

Thanks to your support, children are healthier. Women and girls spend less time hauling water from distant streams. And families have enough daily water to drink and to nourish their crops.

Here are a few photos from the water tank installation. Thank you for making this possible!

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