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

Jan 10, 2019

Photos from a Dance Workshop

For decades, Colombia's armed conflict has pitted government and right-wing paramilitary groups against anti-government guerrillas. Armed groups have especially targeted girls and young women, turning their bodies into battlefields. For the dream of peace to be realized, those who were raped in the war will need healing, justice and an end to the stigma that mars their lives.

That’s why we partner with Taller de Vida, one of the few organizations working with rape survivors in war-affected communities. With your support, we assist local advocacy efforts to ensure that survivors have access to their human rights, like shelter. We also provide counseling, peer support and art therapy to enable girls to overcome their experiences of war and trauma. Through music, dance, theater classes and more, they break through silence and stigma. Young survivors come to know that they are not alone, and they gain the confidence to speak out against the abuses they’ve experienced.

The photos you see here are from a dance workshop that local girls participated in. Thank you for making art therapy workshops like this one possible!

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