We operate a safehouse for survivors of violence in Mawlamyine, Myanmar. There are only two safehouses in the whole state, and hundreds of women who needs their services. Please help us to keep our doors open, and provide better services to women and children with nowhere else to turn. We will use funds from Global Giving to pay for health services for survivors, to cover extra costs for food, and other basic necessities. We also hope to start offering legal services and vocational training!
Violence against women is a widespread problem in Myanmar. In rural areas, it is difficult for survivors to get the services they need. Small women's groups like us are the only ones offering shelter and other services. We get cases of children as young as three and as old as grandmothers. We do our best to help all of these cases we get, but we have a very limited budget. Our government does not give any support to us to help survivors of violence. We want to keep the safehouse open!
Funds generated from Global Giving will go directly to financing the needs of the survivors living in our house. Often, we use it to cover gaps in the food budget, and to make sure residents are eating nutritious meals. It will also be used to ensure they get the expensive medical care they needs (there's no free healthcare in Myanmar). If we are very successful with fundraising, we want to hire lawyers to prosecute rapists, and support to find work for the survivors to become independent.
Supporting our safehouse and our beneficiaries will lead to a stronger understanding that women who experience sexual or domestic violence have options. More women will feel less afraid to get help, and will feel empowered to leave abusive homes. We want to show our society that women are strong, and can live successfully on their own without violent men. Over time, this increased understanding will help to also prevent violence against women. We will build a strong anti-GBV system in Myanmar.