”A prolonged war like the one in the Congo has devastating effects on human beings. Not only physically, but mentally and spiritually too.
Hope in Action tries to include this holistic view in our work and support.
An injured person does not need just physical help so we have focused much of our work on the period of healing that follows an act of violence.
Hope in Action stays on when others leave the trouble spots. We build in the long term and want to see a new society built when the war is over.”
Hope in Action works with various projects for example with supporting rape victims, rehabilitation for child soldiers, micro finance and they also run a small hospital.
GARITE was very taken by Rosa’s story, a 6-year-old rape victim.
“We live in the Nzulu refugee camp, me, my mother and my little brother. We have lived in a little hut since Daddy died in the war. It was evening and Mom had to go out for a little while. She told me to stay indoors but I had to go to the toilet. My little brother was asleep and I waited for a long time for Mom to come back.” From time to time the small girl looked up at me. She was rather short and when I asked her how old she was she said she was almost seven. I had come to have a look at the new building that was to be a kitchen and dining room for the Lydia programme’s women’s centres in Goma. While I was walking between the dormitories and the new building, some women approached me and wanted me to listen to this little girl who had arrived that morning with her mother. She had been raped by a grown man in the refugee camp and the women at the centre were sad and upset. “Can’t you take a photo of Rosa and tell the people in “Ulaya” (Europe) what life is like for us here when you get back?” I’ve heard the same thing many times in different contexts throughout my trip. People are tired of war and misery. Rosa continues her story. “When Mom didn’t come back I unlocked the door and went out. I had a torch and the toilet is only a few houses away. Just as I had finished and was leaving, I saw a man standing there waiting for me. He dragged me behind a house and held his hand over my mouth when I tried to scream. Then he took off my clothes. It’s hard for Rosa to go on. She can’t find the words but the nurse assures me that she was brutally raped. Rosa looks at me and says, “I know who he is. He lives at the camp and I’ve seen him before.” She’s a very capable girl, little Rosa. She tells her story well and corrects her mother when she gets things wrong. Only six, small and fragile. She is to meet the doctor at Kyeshero Hospital the same day and is a little anxious. Rosa was nonetheless very fortunate (if that word can be used about such a thing). Her mother believed her without question and knew that help was available. At the reception centre she was taken care of by kindly women who were able to calm her down. She will be given the care she needs. If she needs an operation, there is free help available.
See how you can help.
P.S. For all you Swedes, please take some time and read this article.
Directory of Social Change works as a support charity for small and medium sized charities, they undertake conferences, training, policy and research and much more to help smaller charity organisations.
Our independent status and well respected research means we can challenge and create debate around government policy, trust funding, and other issues which threaten the independence of smaller charities. We are in touch with over 20,000 charities annually through our conferences and training on fundraising, management, organisational and personal development, communication, finance and law.
Down below are some example from their Twitter feed on what support they offer.
Got a report to write? Want to make the writing process easier, to get the best report you can?http://ow.ly/nxu8J
Behind every great charity event is a great plan – free download on event planning in this month’s DSC e-news http://ow.ly/nuTdQ
Do you know a young person making a difference? Encourage them to enter the Rising Star Award http://ow.ly/nsp09
How does your organisation find that perfect someone? A: http://ow.ly/nj1Me
GARITE believes as Directory of Social Change that some of the most important charity work is preformed by the smaller charities and therefore they need to be supported. Moreover GARITE thinks that true social change starts with a small ”group of thoughtful citizen…” and is therefore extra excited to have Directory of Social Change as our Charity of August!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
P.S We have said it before but it is all about giving! Don’t forget that. How YOU can help.
Friends of Earth is an organisation started in 1969, they believe as GARITE that wrecking the Earth ‘our home’ doesn’t make any sense and that our wellbeing goes hand in hand with how we treat the Earth.
In short Friends of Earth stands for:
- A beautiful world
We depend on the planet, so let’s keep it in good shape.
- A good life
A healthy planet is one that works for people too.
- A positive relationship with the environment
Acting together for the planet and everyone who lives on it.
A few of Friends of Earth’s achievements
- Waking the world up to climate change
- Laws to protect our countryside
- Better food and cleaner water
- Persuading big companies to behave better
How YOU can help.
WaterAid UK is a charity focusing on overcoming poverty through helping people in Third World countries to access safe water.
”Without safe water or sanitation, people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease. Across the developing world, millions of women are wasting precious time collecting dirty water, children are dying from preventable diarrhoeal diseases, and communities have open sewers running through them.”
WaterAid UK are using these four ways in order to precede their goal.
- To promote and secure poor people’s rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
- To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
- To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.
- To further develop as an effective global organisation recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values.
What can you do? PLENTY
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (Women to Women) supports women’s organising in conflict regions. Kvinna till Kvinna collaborate with women’s organisations who play an active part in peace and rebuilding processes. These organisations does everything from helping women legally and psychologically, women’s human right’s to counteract human trafficking. Kvinna till Kvinna as well as GARITE believes that women’s organisations change society by spreading their knowledge and experience of democracy, reconciliation and peace work.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation regards gender equality, suistainable peace and progress as being inseparable.
”Sustainable peace is only achievable by challenging and changing the unequal power structures in society that restrict, oppress and marginalise groups and individuals. It requires a strong civil society where people participate on equal terms regardless of gender or social, ethnic, cultural and sexual affinity. In most societies in the world men are the norm. Without the active participation of women there is no possibility for sustainable progress.
Changing attitudes and building peace and gender equality takes time. Peace processes provide the opportunity for change. Old structures can be revaluated when societies are rebuilt. Both women and men in the decision-making processes and around the negotiating table improves the possibility of sustainable progress.”
To conclude, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation invest in peace, that goes directly to women in poor countries, in order to change international development cooperation and security policies by spreading information about the conditions of women in war and conflict.
See what you can do here.
Poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s just plain wrong…
”Oxfam is a global movement of people working towards a world without poverty. And we won’t rest until we get the job done. We respond fast in emergencies, and stay to help people rebuild their lives. We work on long-term projects with communities determined to shape a better future for themselves. And we campaign for genuine, lasting change.”
What can you do to help? At Oxfam you can do everything from donating money & clothing to volunteering, why not get involved now!
“We want a world without poverty, so we work with local people to fight hunger, seek justice for women and education for children, and cope with emergencies.
Wherever there is poverty and injustice, in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, ActionAid is working to help people free themselves from poverty.”
ACT!ONAID is working towards the creation of a world without poverty, they do this primarily through working within these areas:
Hunger, Education, Women’s Right, Economic justice, HIV & AIDS, Emergency and Conflicts.
ACT!ONAID believes that poor and marginalised people should shape and take responsibility for their own development by identifying and claiming their rights. Strengthening local organisations is key to ensuring that poor people have a voice. ActionAid works with over 2000 partner organisations, ranging from small community groups to alliances and international networks.
GARITE feels that ACT!ONAID really do take action against poverty on many different levels. Furthermore, they make it so easy to get engaged, for example why not sign up for their ‘We use land for food and not fuel’ petition list? Its as easy as that! We will keep you updated through ACT!ONAID on other things YOU can do in order to make this world more equal
”Vi kliver in där det offentliga samhällets resurser och insatser inte räcker till och anpassar verksamheten utifrån de behov som finns i Stockholm – både akuta och långsiktiga. Utgångspunkten är att det går att förändra livssituationen för alla som har hamnat utanför. Vår viktigaste uppgift är att hjälpa människor att bygga upp en tro på sin egen förmåga och återta makten över sina liv.”
Stockholms Stadsmission är den andra organisationen GARITE ger ett bidrag till. Varje månad skänker vi 7.5% eller mer, till en vald organisation. På vår hemsida samlar vi varje månads valda organisation så att ni kan hålla koll på vilka vi donerat till med tiden.
Stockholms Stadsmission använder sig av socialt företagande, social verksamhet och skolverksamhet för att uppnå sitt mål; att hjälpa andra. Till exempel anordnar de träffar för unga män, hjälp till EU-migranter och ger möjligheten att utvecklas vid medverkan till socialt företagande och mycket mer!
Vi på GARITE tycker att det behövs mer organisationer som hjälper dem som hamnat utanför, precis som Stadsmissionen gör. Vill du också hjälpa Stockholm Stadsmission kolla in Stöd Oss, där kan du bland annat skänka pengar, saker eller varför inte hjälpa till som volontär?!