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Apr 16, 2018

Seeds of Empowerment

Albertina
Albertina's empowerment grew with Harvesting Hope.

With your support, our local partners distributed seeds for beans to almost 400 Indigenous women in 12 communities! They also held a workshop to help women farmers learn new skills to improve their harvests.

As a result, the women were able to sell their crops and feed their families. What’s more, women in this program tell us that the money they raise helps them become more independent in their own households. They are less controlled by their husbands and have greater freedom to make decisions for themselves.

Thanks to your support, these women are living healthier lives, can provide food for their families and step up as leaders in their communities!

In the photo, you will find Albertina, a newly-elected council member for her community — a political journey that started with the economic empowerment of Harvesting Hope!

 Photo Credit: Wangki Tangni

Apr 16, 2018

Peacebuilding, Healing and Art Therapy

Indigenous women find peace through art therapy.
Indigenous women find peace through art therapy.

With your support, our partner Taller de Vida held 15 workshops to help foster healing in communities impacted by war.

In the remote region of El Choco, your support helped to unite community leaders, teachers, midwives, young women and girls, and government officials, and together, they discussed ways to promote resilience and peace. We partner with local grassroots activists from Afro-descendants and Indigenous communities to spotlight their leadership and solutions.

Our local partners also provide therapy workshops. They create a safe space for participants to share stories and experiences from their lives. The workshops use expressive art as a tool to share traumatic experiences and build resilience. Through these activities, Taller de Vida reached some 85 participants, including 45 young women. Thank you for making these vital workshops possible!

Mar 22, 2018

Rights on the Radio

A women
A women's human rights defender broadcasting!

The women’s rights radio station that we support through our partners, Wangki Tangni, changes people’s lives and brings communities together.

Men and boys who listen to the radio station have reported they changed their behaviors after learning about the impact of violence. They hear the voices of women’s human rights defenders on the radio, spreading the powerful message that women have the right to a life free of violence, and those broadcasts trigger new conversations with men and boys.

The radio also serves as an important way to communicate across communities, as people are able to call in and send greetings to friends and family in other towns. This is especially important for the most remote communities, who reported that they felt abandoned and alone prior to the launch of the radio station. Thanks to your support, we are making strides to reduce violence in communities and help families stay connected!

Photo credit: Wangki Tangni

 
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