Give joy to victims of abuse, rape and slavery

by Company of Dreams Ltd Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

Domestic abuse, rape, sexual abuse, slavery, trafficking - these dreadful traumas have a devastating effect on a woman's sense of self, on her confidence, her self esteem and her body image. Now Company of Dreams is bringing joy to shattered lives through the surprising art of bellydance. This unique and inspiring programme of classes, held in refuges, safe houses and support groups is bringing joy and happiness to women who have suffered so much, and helping them regain confidence & self esteem

$13,255
total goal
$2,174
remaining
150
donors
2
monthly donors
10
months

Challenge

Many of the women are living in terror for their lives, having escaped from slavery, violent partners and abusers. Living in secret safe houses in the UK, they are isolated, far from home, and dealing with the long term effects of the abuse they've suffered. Self esteem, body image, self confidence, self belief are all shattered. Many have experienced no simple fun for years, if ever.

Solution

Bellydance has a unique ability to help women feel better about themselves and their bodies. The movements feel sensual and womanly and there's enormous joy gained from dancing in a group to pleasurable music. Taught in a safe space, amongst other women like themselves, our classes are helping women accept their bodies, develop confidence and rebuild self esteem through positive feedback. Dancing also takes their minds away from their terrible memories, and enables them to laugh together.

Long-Term Impact

The dance is empowering for women who have had their power taken from them and has great benefits for their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Over time, improved self confidence and self esteem will help them re-integrate successfully into society, and an improved relationship with their bodies will help in raising their children. Dance also has proven benefits for mental health, memory and longevity.

Resources

http:/​/​www.companyofdreams.net
Changing lives through dance #bellydanceforjoy
Company of Dreams Facebook page
Company of Dreams on Twitter

Organization Information

Company of Dreams Ltd

Location: Edenbridge - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.companyofdreams.net
Project Leader:
Charlotte Desorgher
Edenbridge, United Kingdom

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