Important information as we're ending the campaign
By Angie | Development Officer
Dear friends and supporters,
We hope this report finds you very well,
As we have previously shared with you, after achieving our funding goal and before the end of this fiscal year, we will be closing our campaign.
We want to inform you that your monthly donation won't be canceled but instead, it will be moved to a GlobalGiving general pot to support other projects worldwide. Any changes in your donation will have to be done manually by yourself. If you would like to continue supporting us, we invite you to visit our website (lawadv.org.uk) and find out how you can keep joining our efforts to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
Thanks again for your support during this time. It has been crucial for us and for the women and children fleeing violence we work with.
By Gabriela Quevedo and the LAWA team | Head of Trustees
We are getting in touch once again to share some great news: the kids' room in our shelter has been refurbished! You can see some before and after shots attached. Huge improvement, right?
We wanted to let you know that your donations were essential for this to happen, and the children living in the shelter right now are already enjoying this space. As you know, our shelter is not only a temporary place to stay but also a space where women and their children have the chance to rebuild their lives and start fresh after a traumatic experience.
As we continue to struggle with public funding cuts, every penny makes a difference and help us in our journey to provide holistic support for victims of domestic violence. This is our very first crowdfunding campaign, which opened a whole new opportunity for LAWA. We have been working closely with GlobalGiving since we became partners, and we are looking forward to creating new campaigns and engaging with our donors.
We would be grateful if you could share our campaign with your friends, family and work colleagues. We are close to our funding goal for this project, and as you can see from the photos, all donations go a long way.
Please get in touch if you'd like to know more about LAWA.
We are excited to announce that, with your support, our very first crowdfunding campaign was a huge success! We raised £3,400.00 from 86 donors and we are now proud partners of Global Giving. This means that from now on we are able to use their technical resources, network, and knowledge to do other crowdfunding campaigns.
But of course, the main objective of our first campaign was to raise funds to improve the quality of life of the children living in our shelter. We are the ONLY shelter in the UK and Europe for Latin American and other Black and minority ethnic women and their children fleeing abuse. We offer support for them to start a new fulfilled life, free from violence and that's why our shelter is so much more than a temporary roof, it is the place of new beginnings.
Thanks to your donations, in December we were able to put together a lovely Christmas party, which was attended not only by the kids and their mothers living in our shelter, but also by 48 families who use the free services at our Advice Centre (such as legal and family advice, English classes, homelessness consultations, adult counseling etc). It was a great day, with delicious food, lots of fun and activities for the children. And thanks to your generosity every child received their own Christmas present, that was handed over personally to them by Santa, making this moment the highlight of their year.
We are now in the process of improving the kids' room to turn it into a brighter and happier space, as well as putting together welcome packs and back to school kits. We are also in the process of arranging counseling sessions for 5 children at our refuge that need therapeutic support to overcome their trauma.
The support we had throughout the crowdfunding campaign - from GlobalGiving and from you, our donors - was overwhelming. As we step into a difficult year, with woman's and migrants' rights all over the world in jeopardy and their children future uncertain, our hearts fill with optimism and motivation to carry on giving it our all, knowing that there are many, many people like you that support our cause and our work.
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