EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, & Emotional Healing
Liberia & Puerto Rico
THE BRIDGE- 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 next to the school, 2. provide a school lunch program, 3. fund weekly nurse visits, and 4. will soon begin construction on an elementary school for the community.
SIEMPRE VIVAS & PROJECT ALELI- We raise funds for the implementation of emotional support groups for survivors of gender-based violence and their children in western Puerto Rico. We also fund a community development project in western Puerto Rico that creates jobs and provides emotional healing to single mothers living in poverty. Project Aleli works to improve participants' emotional health through restoring their connection to nature and the creative process. Artisans work in a cooperative, using organic and recyclable materials to create products they can sell. The proceeds from these products are helping to lift the women and their children out of poverty.