After decades of war, many children in Colombia have never known what peace looks like. But violence is all too familiar. Armed groups forced children to become soldiers. Girls and young women were the targets of sexual violence, turning their bodies into battlefields.
Earlier this year, MADRE visited an elementary school in Colombia with our partner, Taller de Vida, in recognition of International Day Against the Recruitment of Child Soldiers (Red Hand Day).
We commit ourselves to protect children and open healing spaces that allow them to dream big. With your support, we provide art therapy and counseling for former child soldiers and survivors of sexual violence. These activities create a safe space for children to build friendships and imagine a peaceful world.
In these photos, you can see children from the elementary school participating in an art activity for Red Hand Day. Thank you for all you do to support these children!
Photo credit: MADRE
Jul 2, 2019
Harvesting Hope in Photos Part 2
By MADRE - MADRE
Women load the boat with produce
In the remote community of Waspam on Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Coast, we work with our partners, Wangki Tangni to support Indigenous women farmers. One of the biggest challenges they face is that their isolated communities are only accessible by boat. That means that women have to make a long journey down a river to bring their produce to market.
What’s waiting for them at the other end? The chance to raise money to sustain their families, and to make connections with other women farmers facing the same challenges. In the photos below, you can see just what it takes to make that long trip.
We are proud to partner with Wangki Tangni to reach these remote communities and get them the support they need.
What’s more, this region faces intensifying storms due to climate change, hindering harvests. But with farming workshops and seed supplies, these women farmers are learning techniques to help raise successful harvests to sell at MADRE-sponsored farmers markets. Thank you for supporting these women farmers, their families and their communities!
Photo credit: Wangki Tangni
Two boats filled to the brim with produce take off
They are on their way!
Women guide the boat to shore
Finally, they unload the produce
May 21, 2019
Indigenous Women Lead the Way
By MADRE - MADRE
A local Indigenous woman collecting water.
Our partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) mobilize women on the frontlines of climate change. Kenya is enduring longer dry months and dwindling water supplies, creating burdens that fall heavily on women and girls. They are the ones typically tasked with walking long hours to find and haul scarce water for the household.
Thanks to your contributions, we have installed water storage tanks that collect rainfall and secure clean, easy-to-access water for women and families. IIN was also able to distribute over 100 energy efficient cookstoves, an updated Indigenous design that burns plant waste instead of wood.
Also, we delivered 50,000 tree seedlings to women farmers, which will offset climate change by renewing forests and protect local water sources by preventing erosion. Thank you for making this possible!