Dominican Republic Rural Outreach
Following 2016 Hurricane Mathew disaster on the Island of Hispaniola, Haiti was in yet another phase of devastation and two months of rains subsequently further impacted the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The northern region of Dominican Republic DR is a cultural and economic safe haven for immigrant sugar farmers despite the massive deportations of Haitians out of the DR in 2016. A call to support this local area, particularly considering the fragility of the interconnected commerce and socio-economic balance, the Puerto Plata area responded thanks in part to a grant awarded in Dec. 2016 by MFP.
Local Medical Assistants assisted in repair of homes and roads. The following pictures depict Tubagua (local mountain community) assisting their city neighbors and family to rebuild following the rains that only began to cease in December.
The Mining Guide (2007-Present)
by Arden Buck
In 2007, I attended a dinner for Carlos Zorrilla, an Ecuadoran activist who had successfully fended off mining companies intent on devastating the pristine cloud forest region of Ecuador where he lived. I asked him how we could help other communities similarly threatened by mining, and he said “you can write a how-to guide for them.” So we did that, using Carlos’s expertise, and published it in 2009. It was a worldwide success, translated into other languages and used everywhere. Mining companies were furious and tried to discredit it. And during a TV address to the nation, the pro-mining president of Ecuador waved the book on camera, naming us, and exclaiming “these people are enemies of the state!”
In 2014, things had changed greatly, and we undertook a new version, tripling the size of the guide. I organized it, drawing on input from Carlos as well as other activists around the world. It was an intense effort. In 2016, the guide was finally completed, translated into Spanish, printed, and posted on the Internet for anyone to download. Whew!
The guide can be downloaded at www.miningwatch.ca. Click on “publications” and look for “protecting your community.”
Teso Safe Motherhood Project
September 14, 2016
Dear Mountain Forum for Peace,
On behalf of International Midwife Assistance‘s board of directors, staff, volunteers and the thousands of people we serve, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of $500 to help fund volunteer nurse Beverly Lyne’s trip to Soroti. Your gift is very generous, and greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your help. Worldwide, enormous gains have been made in maternal and child health. Overall, global maternal mortality rates have been drastically reduced. This is a big part of our commitment to continue support of the Teso Safe Motherhood Project: Uganda is a country where maternal mortality is still increasing. In the midst of that dangerous and bizarre trend, maternal mortality remains zero at the Teso Safe Motherhood Project. In 2015, 1005 mothers gave birth in that safe and welcoming environment. While providing safe birth for the most vulnerable women in the region, TSMP also provides family planning services. The Family Planning Department conducted 8,966 patient visits in 2015. Uganda’s population is increasing dangerously fast and the percentage of Ugandans 15 or younger is the highest in the world. But in the communities we serve, families are now able to choose how many years apart to space their children. We know for a fact that preventing an unwanted pregnancy is the single most effective way to prevent maternal death. All these lives saved – all these families who have more resources to feed their children and send them to school – you make this all possible.
We thank you so much, and in Soroti they are saying ylama noi noi – big, big thanks.
Sincerely, Jennifer Braun Executive Director
International Midwife Assistance is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity (Tax ID #10- 1180860) and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. PO Box 916 Boulder, Colorado 80306-0916 USA Phone 303.588.1663 Fax 303.265.9445 www.midwifeassist.org
MADRE supports global women’s rights, here are just a few of the stories that describe outcomes of support.
Eunice is a young community health worker in Kenya. Her work with the Indigenous Information Network, MADRE’s partner organization, brings her to communities to talk with women and families about their needs. She knew that women’s practice of cooking indoors over an open fire was clogging up their lungs with smoke. What’s more, their inefficient stoves were using up too much firewood, stripping away the forests nearby. Eunice is an innovator and homespun engineer. So when she saw a problem, she fixed it. Eunice built a new kind of stove, with local, easy-to-find materials. It’s an updated version of an old Indigenous design, and she was proud of the improvements she made. It uses 80% less wood and produces far less smoke, making cooking more efficient and healthy. And it’s easy to build. Now, she’s taking what she’s learned to help other women build stoves, safeguard their families’ health and sustain their communities.
Let me tell you about Rose Cunningham. Simply put, she’s a force for women and girls – and for their right to a life free of violence. Rose leads Wangki Tangni, a grassroots women’s group and MADRE partner. Where she lives and works in the remote Indigenous communities on Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Coast, when women face abuse, they have little protection and few ways to seek help. But Rose refuses to stand by when a woman or girl is in danger. With your continued support, Rose is creating communities where all women are safe from violence. She arranges for safe housing to shelter women escaping violence. She speaks out against abusers and demands action from local leaders to protect women. And she educates community members about women’s rights.She doesn’t do it alone. She knows that women are more powerful when they organize together – and she knows that she has people like you beside her. Every year, with MADRE support, Wangki Tangni holds an Indigenous Women’s Forum. Hundreds of Indigenous women from 115 communities travel for days, on boat and by foot, for the chance to meet with each other.
They are determined to make the journey, driven by their shared commitment to combat the biggest challenges they face, including violence. The Forum is a critical opportunity for women to come together, learn from their experiences and struggles, and create solutions together.
NAS - Nederland Area Seniors
Our many MFP friends –
Thank you for your very generous donation to NAS, set to launch on COGives Day. It is with great respect and appreciation that we receive such a nice gift from you, as I know how challenging it is to raise these funds. Thank you for your part in improving our community and providing an enhanced experience of it for our seniors. I couldn’t let your wonderful donation skip past without expressing my deep gratitude – today of all days! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you, Donors & Volunteers!
Wow! Our Holiday Mountain Market, Silent Auction, and Member/Donor Campaign enjoyed tremendous success, thanks to all of you! The Market generated over $37,000 in sales for local artisans, crafters and non-profits, producing over $1,300 in tax income for our town. The Silent Auction sold about 300 items and gift certificates. Thanks to a grant from Tebo Properties and a small margin of the cafe sales and booth fees, the work of nearly 40 volunteers and staff will help Nederland Area Seniors avoid red ink at year end.
We also send huge hugs and thanks to our donors who stepped up with the support we need to keep everything flowing smoothly in the new year. These donors now number in the hundreds, thanks to the many who supported us with donations and bidding at the silent auction and the many dozens more who sent funds. We appreciate each and every one of you!
Attention Homes serves youth who are homeless in Metro Denver. Here is a glimpse into their outcomes..
As we turn the page on our 50th Anniversary year, we have been lifted up by the support of numerous individuals and groups in our local community. Abe Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it” and now more than ever we are heeding these words and planning for the future. In 2016, 283 of our clients stated that they were living on the streets. Thankfully, over 20 youth have been successfully housed with jobs and on-going case management support and 73% of youth participating in family reunification have been able to return home. The cycle of possibility that we weave throughout our programming is based on personal growth and taking responsibility. Each client is the author of their plan: setting behavioral goals, building up their skill set and learning what it takes to live independently.
Stephanie, Preston, and Veronica were removed from home for the first (and hopefully only) time last May when they were 14, 15 and 17 years old. Years of conflict and substance use in the home had finally manifested in an incident of physical abuse and Child Protective Services needed to intervene. To these teens, the scariest thing about that terrible night they were removed from home was the idea of being separated from each other. In that context, it was very fortunate there were beds for all three of them at Chase House. “The siblings”, as they became affectionately known to staff, were very close; and the more time staff spent with them, the clearer it became how damaging it would be to separate them. With the help of McKinney-Vento they were able to continue attending their home school in Longmont while living at Chase House. Staff was able to help them take a break from parenting each other; especially Veronica, who had been doing much of the parenting of her younger siblings at home. The respite from having to act like an adult provided a much needed opportunity for Veronica to engage in school and build stronger relationships with her peers. All three kids engaged in counseling to move through the trauma they had experienced, and stayed on track academically. While they were living at Chase House, their parents took necessary steps in order for the kids to come home. With extensive support from Attention Homes and wrap around services from the county, the siblings recently went back home, just in time for the holidays. Thankfully, we don’t have to know what might have happened if they were separated.
Friendship Bridge is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers impoverished Guatemalan women to create a better future for themselves, their children and their communities through microfinance and education.
In November Ana Mariela, one of our client’s daughters, graduated from junior high, and she will start high school in January! Only 44% of girls in Guatemala reach high school, but Ana Mariela’s mother invested in her education through school loans from Friendship Bridge. Ana Mariela is already dreaming about college.
These are the opportunities you are able to provide for women and girls in Guatemala. Your support will empower our clients to change the lives of their children by increasing the number of our clients’ children in school.
Summative Evaluation for MFP Grant
Applicant: Kelsey Kotara, The Spring Cafe
Title of Project: The Holiday Market
The Holiday Market put on by the Spring Café on December 15th was a huge success, especially thanks to the Mountain Forum for Peace. Not only did we raise a great amount of money for the café and its mission, but we also gained more local publicity and customers because of the event. Your grant of $500 was used to pay the majority of what it cost to pay the auctioneers. The auction, as well as donations, is how we made money from the event and we were able to raise a total of $3,100! Each vendor that sold food, jewelry, art and other goods, kept 100% from all of their sales. There were a total of 12 vendors—some were organizations and some were independent refugees: A Little Something, We Made This, Totongabomoi, Afro Triangle Designs, Eritrean Women’s Group, Abang, Orit’s Jewelry, Zainab, Henna Sisters, Armenia Colorado and two food vendors: Zin Zin’s Burmese food and Senan’s Iraqi food. On average, each vendor raised about $300 in credit card and cash payments. This was a huge success. The day before the event, we were contacted by The Denver Post and asked if they could run an article about our café on the front page. They had seen our advertising and marketing for the event and came in a week after the event to interview our employees. We are so excited for more people in Denver, in Colorado and around the country to learn about The Spring Café and how it affects the lives of refugees.
Our café is still a new business and therefore still trying to be stable financially. Since the Holiday Market, our sales have increased and we hope to continue to see a rise in business. This was a great way to celebrate one year anniversary of the Spring Cafe! Not only did shoppers have a chance to get some new Christmas gifts from each of our unique vendors, but we believe people were able to learn about cultural traditions, try new international food and take part in positive conversations with individuals from Iraq, Burma, Ethiopia and several other countries. The Holiday Market gave people from all all over the world an evening of laughter, conversation, eating and drinking; we hope this event was able to bring a little more peace into the world. Here is a link to the Denver Post article: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/20/denver-spring-cafe- immigrants-refugees- retail/