Indigenous women in Kenya are mobilizing to confront climate change in their communities. Facing years of deadly drought, our partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) have built systems to protect local springs and store precious water supplies. On a recent trip, we delivered two water tanks to our partners’ communities. These water tanks will help women and their families access and preserve clean water, despite the drought.
And we’re working together to bring their voices to the international level, where they can share their expertise and demand just climate policies. In fact, in December, an IIN delegation will be going to a UN climate conference in Poland, bringing their locally-rooted knowledge to advocate for sustainable solutions to climate change. Thanks to your support, we’re able to support our partners as they create change locally and internationally.
Photo credit: Poppy Miyonga
Nov 8, 2018
New classes at OWFI shelters!
By MADRE - MADRE
Our partners at the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) are offering new courses! Their programs already give women shelter, care and the chance to reinvent their lives, including through job training. Now, OWFI has added first aid, literacy, and sewing and handicrafts classes! Nearly 60 women have attended these classes so far - 49 of whom had never before taken a class with OWFI.
In the aftermath of the war with ISIS, the number of people injured and in need of care has risen. And the demand for first aid responders and home care providers has multiplied. By adding first aid classes, women learn skills they can use in their daily lives to help their families if needed. Also, some women said that they plan to use these skills to find jobs as home health aides or at nursing homes.
Literacy classes will help women become more independent. One woman told OWFI, “the way I see it, this will let me gain control of my life, and not be dependent on help.” Thank you for making these life-changing classes possible!
With your support, our partners meet the needs of local women and provide them with the support and resources they need to heal and care for their families and communities. Thank you for standing with our partners in Iraq!
With your support, MADRE and our partner Wangki Tangni run Harvesting Hope, a collective of Indigenous women farmers growing the food their families need to survive on the remote, North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Your support helps provide the seeds that the women farmers need to plant successful harvests. They prepare the land in fall and plant seeds over the winter. These crops enable women to feed their families when no other food sources are available. Additionally, they sell their surplus harvests at MADRE-supported farmers markets in both early and late spring. With the extra money they earn there, many of the women are able to send their daughters to school and invest in their families' futures. Thank you for making this life-sustaining program possible!