GIVING IS NOT JUST ABOUT MAKING A DONATION, ITS ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE
By Anna Silva - Assistant Project Leader
Greetings! A special thanks to all our donors for your continued support of our cause and assisting us we are truly grateful knowing that we are not alone in this mission to assist women and their children affected by domestic violence. We depend on you, not only for financial support but emotional and spiritual as well because we can feel the words “let us love each other as I have love you” when we get positive response in words or funds from you our donors.
We are steadily receiving volunteers to assist us with administration of our organization and our shelter has been also steadily accommodating clients.
Story: A young woman with three young children who have been assisted by MOD at the shelter, after leaving the shelter, we continue to maintain a relationship with her keeping her inform of programs that was offered. We were able to work with Word at Work to get a small wooden house built for her. The person assigned to do the construction fell in love with her and they were married. She is happy and blessed. I quote her new husband words “it all started with MOD”
Update: On May 17, Mary Open Doors traveled to Los Tambos to participate in a health promotion fair at a local school where we spoke to students and teachers from the village. Los Tambos is a quiet mennonite and agricultural community. Throughout the day several different classes came the classroom we were set up in. Over a hundred young people from the ages 6-16 years old was reached with this information. Beginning presentation students were ask to define domestic violence and identify the different forms it takes (physical, verbal, psychological, etc.). After an introduction, we discuss the ways domestic violence becomes a perpetual cycle that is nearly impossible to break without intervention. We were engaging students of different ages with topics relating to their age range. We ask question and we were questions by them also which showed their interest and interaction, students were rewarded for their answer and participation. This is one area that abuse is still a taboo in our country and it is priceless the information given and how it was received. The principal insisted that each teacher make it a must to visit our booth for this information relating that this is much needed in this community. The greates achievement will be to reach the youths of our country and brake the cycle of domestic and harvest a generation free of abuse.
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