Not Guilty believes in partnerships. This is why we have reached out to several non profits and companies to partner with them in keeping women safe in their work place.
The uniqueness of the program we present is the involvement of men in the training as they are a big part of the solution to harassment in the work place.
Due to COVID, we relied mainly in trainings on zoom and Facebook Live but are hoping to return to in person training. The games, support and worksheets are much more lively in person.
But for now, we need to be wise and resilient and rely on other venues for training.
As the end of 2020 approaches, and despite COVID, Not Guilty has seen glimpses of light.
Not Guilty has seen a spike in sexual abuse of women. Most women have been cooped up with their husbands, many of whom have lost their jobs. This increased domestic violence and abuse.
Not Guilty thought of out of the box ways to reach those women, so we started filming mini clips, 3 minutes each, and send them on Facebook weekly boosting the posts.
Many women found us and reached out to us. Over 20 women are now on weekly zoom counseling sessions with Not Guilty counselors.
Nada is an Egyptian physiotherapist. She is single, living with her brother. She is 40 years old and has lost all hope to find the right husband. "Every time I think I found the right person, his parents do not agree because I am fat." Said Nada, with tears in her eyes. Nada needs to work two jobs to make ends meet.
When we started counseling, Nada was very depressed because she works on daily wages. Since COVID began, she had no income. Her brother also lost his job and started beating her to supply cash for him to buy cigarettes.
Nada has no place to go.
During counseling, we spoke about healthy boundaries. Nada had never heard about family boundaries before.
She realized that she was indeed empowering her brother to continue with his abuse of her.
As she learned healthy coping mechanisms and healthy boundaries, she could stand up to her situation better.
Now, she went back to one of the physiotherapy clinics where she works, but still cannot make ends meet.
Not Guilty was there for Nada at a time when she wanted to commit suicide.
We are still doing the weekly mini videos, with encouragement messages and messages on dealing with their school-aged kids as they learn at home.
Other messages are on how the woman can have moments of rest, even with a coffee cup on the balcony.
The importance of self-care cannot be overly stressed during this COVID season.
We hope to reach as many women as we can in the few days left.
And COVID is still here, but Not Guilty will reach as many as your generosity will permit.
Happy New Year
This is an urgent message.
There are very few safe houses in Egypt. A's safe house is closing because of COVID19. (No one had COVID19 in the safe house, mind you!)
A. , the owner of the safe house, cannot feed the girls anymore.
Please send an urgent gift today to help provide basic needs like food, medical care, and counseling for the 20 girls at the safe house. All girls have been saved from prostitution, human trafficking, and sexual abuse.
Safe houses are illegal in Egypt because they are considered by the government as brothels.
Magda is a 14-year-old girl who is raped daily by her four older brothers. She found solace in Abeer's safe house.
Magda is just one of 20 girls that Abeer saved from human trafficking, abuse, and prostitution.
Your gift today will help provide basic needs like food and shelter for a girl like Magda.
A. and her husband, M run a daycare for 200 kids. She uses the proceeds from the daycare to fund the safe house.
When COVID hit, they had to shut the daycare indefinitely.
The safe house suffered terribly. She had to send the girls away because she could not feed them anymore.
A. provides medical services, counseling, spiritual formation, and teaches them a trade at zero cost to the girls.
Each girl costs $300 a month.
She needs $6000 per month to feed, counsel, and provide medical assistance to the 20 girls.
A would never ask on her own. But God prompted me to call her on Sunday. When I asked how she was, she lost it. She told me, "Sending the girls away, knowing that they will be raped every day is torture to me. But, I was watching the girls starve."
"This is not right." I thought to myself.
I am personally supporting A's's safe house since 2009.
I have seen girls who have finished their recovery program and have gone off to work and support themselves.
I have seen the girls doing their daily chores, thankful to have the closest thing to a family.
Not Guilty's budget is tight, and we do not have the extra to figure out how to help survivors at Abeer's safe house. And every day they stay away from the safe house counts.
Send an emergency gift right now.
With the COVID19 pandemic it is impossible to get to the people we target for our training.
Not Guilty has started doing weekly zoom trainings to girls and women. Last week attendants were 274.
Girls and women ask many questions.
Out of those trainings some women need counceling which Not Guilty also provides through zoom.
Unfortunately all those trainings are free, so there has been zero income from Egypt to Not Guilty in the past four months. COunceling sessions are for a minimal charge which does not even cover our rent let alone salaries.
We are thankful for the income that has come through GlobalGiving although it is simply not enough to keep the viability of our operations.
We are severly struggling since our trainings depend on going to schools, factories or nurseries which are all curently shut down.
And even when they open which is totally uncertain, people will not be willing to pay for trainings which they would deem unnecessary.
We are trying to keep Not Guilty top of mind by providing the zoom trainings and the Facebook mini videos, but honestly do not know if we will be able to keep afloat until the end of 2020.
These past couple of months have been some of the strangest times we live in.
With the Eve of the Factory project, we had to put everything on hold becasue of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of our work is in exremely popular and populous area.
Although we had over three trainings lined up, we had to postpone all trainings to be wise and to go along with the government orders of social distancing.
We need to keep safe as well as keep others safe.
We sent this out to all those we serve:
How should you respond?
First, do not panic.
We have a tendency to blow events out of proportion, especially with the constant flow of news and the increasing number of coronavirus cases.
Second, be wise.
Take reasonable steps to avoid exposure to the disease and to protect and provide for your family.
Do take this pandemic seriously.
Third, seize the opportunity.
When people are fearful or anxious, they are more willing to have conversations about eternity.
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