Did you know that’s what today is?
International Women’s Day.
I had no idea that even existed. But hey, I’m a total fan….being a woman and all.
It got me thinking about the project I’m doing this month and the women I’m trying to raise money for. The women who are on the streets stuck in a life of prostitution. I wonder if they’re celebrating International Women’s Day?
It costs $400 for one woman to go through the Women at Risk program in Ethiopia. To take her off the streets and give her a second chance at life. I wanted to share more details about the program so you can see what it pays for and what they do for the women.
Basics of what women receives through Women at Risk:
•Rehabilitation from desperate circumstances
•Counseling to redeem deep emotional and physical trauma
•Hope through skills training and job opportunity
•Restoration, dignity, and a new life!
Details of what they receive:
• Individual and group counseling
• A 12 Steps addiction recovery program
• Pre-& post-HIV counseling and testing
• Daily devotion and bible studies
• Skills training and job placement services
• Day care services
• Tuition and schooling material for children’s education
and many more programs that address the unique needs of the rehabilitating woman and her children
Yesterday, I told my hubs I don’t think I’m going to be able to do it. I don’t think I can get $800 by the end of the month. He says he thinks I can…cause that’s what good husbands do ;) But I was discouraged.
Then I read a bio of one of the women currently going through the program. And I knew I couldn’t give up.
I don’t remember my birth mother, and I don’t know my birthday or actual age, so the timeline of my story is based on my best guess . I was brought from the countryside into the city of Addis at age 3 by an aunt who promised my family I would be sent to school and have a “better life .” Instead, I was groomed to be a housemaid and given so many responsibilities that the load of work became impossible and overwhelming . By age 12, I ran away and began living on the street . I felt lost and I was continually raped . Eventually, I became pregnant . With a baby at 15, I learned to have sex for money so I could support her . I coped with life through drinking, drugs and smoking .
I recently learned about Women at Risk and am enrolled in counseling to work through my addictions, my childhood trauma, and learn ways to reconnect with my now 6-year-old daughter . I need your prayer, love and support.
Let’s support her. Let’s support all the women on this “Women’s Day” who have been forced into a life they do not deserve.
If you had the chance to free one of these women and change her life…a life that would be worth celebrating…would you?
If you want to be a part of that, you can click here to donate… any amount… $5 or $10…every dollar counts. Every dollar makes a difference.
And because it’s International Women’s Day, fashionABLE (one of the careers the women in the program can choose) is offering FREE SHIPPING on the beautiful handmade scarves they make when you enter code IWD at checkout. Click the picture below to see the new spring line!
Thank you friends!!!!!