EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, & Emotional Healing
Liberia & Puerto Rico
JOHNSONVILLE, LIBERIA- We support women's enrollment at the Bridge, a vocational training school in Johnsonville, Liberia. The Bridge teaches vocational and literacy skills to the most marginalized students in Liberia: students with very little formal education. The Bridge provides emotional support to its students, a safe place for them to bring their children while they work or attend class, and helps them find meaningful employment after graduation. To increase women's enrollment at the Bridge we: 1. built and fully fund a childcare center and elementary school next to the vocational school building, 2. provide a school lunch program, and 3. fund weekly nurse visits.
RINCON, PUERTO RICO- In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we are exploring ways to increase our impact in western Puerto Rico. We plan to partner with women community leaders in Rincon to implement poverty reducing programs, which focus on the emotional, physical, and financial well-being of the participants. More information will be posted as our plans develop. As always, we continue to raise funds for the implementation of emotional support groups for survivors of gender-based violence and their children in western Puerto Rico. We also continue to fund a community development project and social enterprise in Rincon, called An Invincible Summer, that creates jobs and provides emotional healing to single mothers living in poverty.