Mary Open doors once again extends heartfelt thank you to all our supporters and donors local and international. Our doors remains open because you care enough to help us.
As we continue to experience the devastating results of domestic violence in our beautiful country of Belize, Mary Open Doors continues to seek to become an effective force combating this epidemic. Reaching our goal and a significant milestone of owning our safe shelter will definitely enable us to meet the challenge of sustainability. We continue to receive walk-ins requesting shelter and support, counselling and food. Listening to cases of abuse and corruption that destroy families, we are moved by compassion to continue to assist where possible with limited resources. Assistance given by MOD has enabled a single parent, mother of three male children to secure employment, school supplies and encouragement through her struggles has kept her focus in her daily challenges. Supporting her emotionally and spiritually has contributed to her finding that inner strength and has helped to develop her self-esteem, respect and dignity to move forward with her life. One of the challenges moving forward was getting a valid social Security card because of being uneducated. MOD have assisted her through the application process to receiving a valid social security card. This has enable her to become employed. Amazingly, she has been voted a most needed recipient by another organization and a house was donated to her which she now calls home. She has been given the resources to rebuild herself and her life; when asked how she feels, she replied “I feel like a new person”.
We are currently involved in the structuring of our Policy and Procedure Manual for our shelter in collaborating with the Government’s women department to ensure that our standard of operations is cohesive with the other two shelters in the country. We have also partnered with local travel business, “Let’s Go Belizing” who have added our organization and cause to their web site and linked us with “Pack for a Purpose”, a channel to receive donations for the shelter. As we continue our efforts to secure the shelter, we are currently planning a raffle to be held early next year 2019.
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