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Nov 8, 2018

New classes at OWFI shelters!

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!

Oct 11, 2018

Planting Seeds, Farmers Markets & Girls' Education

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!

Oct 11, 2018

Leadership and Empowerment Workshops

This fall, our Colombian partner, Taller de Vida, led two trainings with 20 Indigenous and Afro-descendent young girls. The workshops explored opportunities for them to step up as leaders and to empower themselves and gave them a chance to discuss young people’s roles in their community. What’s more, the girls talked about how they would like to see themselves as decision-makers in their communities and in their own lives, and the obstacles -- like early marriage -- that impede them.

After the workshops, young girls reported that they feel more empowered to speak in public. These are critical conversations to have in any community, and especially valuable to help marginalized girls and their communities discuss taboo topics, like early marriage. With your support, Taller de Vida creates a unique space for girls to have their voices heard, raise their questions and dream about their futures.

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