Each month over the next 12 months you will be helping to:
Hana lost her mother and father at a young age. She was placed in the care of a family friend and lived with him in peace for years. But then she went through puberty. That’s when the abuse started.
Hana talks about being tied up at her wrists and ankles for hours; there are still scars from the rope digging into her skin.
She talks about her guardian shaving her head. About torturing her by threatening to cover her in petrol and set her on fire. About stitching up her vagina, so she would never have intercourse.
Hana said that there were many times in her young life she thought she was going to die. And that death would’ve been preferable to what was happening to her.
In times of crisis, domestic violence skyrockets. 25 million women and girls experience abuse in Ethiopia each year. How many more will suffer when the coronavirus hits Ethiopia?
Now more than ever you are desperately needed to help protect women and girls from abuse. When crisis hits, can you be here for girls like Hana?
Your donation goes to the women’s safe shelters you're helping to sponsor through our project partners. Currently there are five shelters across Ethiopia.
Your donation is put towards all the everyday costs of the safe shelters – food for the women and girls, medicine, counselling, clothing, shoes, legal fees, school uniforms/supplies, hospital costs if needed, onsite woodwork/embroidery training.
In short, all the things a woman or girl needs to keep her safe and healthy now, and to equip her for a strong, independent future.
Alongside the everyday costs of the safe shelters, a portion of your donation also goes towards training local police and law officials to better identify and prosecute cases of violence and put an end to violence against women. This training is bringing about some huge changes in Ethiopia’s capital city and with your help we can expand this training and break the cycle of violence across the whole of Ethiopia.