Together Rising was contacted by an aid worker working in Latin America. He told us about Casa de las Niñas in Managua, Nicaragua. A part of the Nicaragua Institute for Human Promotion (INPRHU), this girls’ home offers both residential and outpatient care for female victims of domestic abuse aged 7-18. The program gives victims of abuse, rape, and incest—girls who are often pregnant as a result of the abuse—a safe place to live and recover while providing them with critical emotional care and support. Due to lack of funds, the aid worker’s organization was unable to provide its standard yearly support of $20,000. This, coupled with changes made by the Nicaraguan government, put Casa de las Niñas in danger of closing. We reached out and Case de las Ninas provided us with a comprehensive plan for how they could use $20,000 — including medical care, individual and group therapy, legal assistance, living expenses, clothing, and supplies for 30 children for several months, as well as fundraising training for their staff. You supplied the full $20,000. We received a stack of letters from the girls currently being cared for by the Casa de las Niñas. The colorful notes expressed their appreciation and support. […]
Earlier this year, we received a request to get our little sisters running (and rising) in Moore County, NC. A grandmother wrote in to tell us about the community in which her three young granddaughters live – a neighborhood with a high military family presence and many families struggling to pay their bills. The community lacked in healthy activities for young girls. She requested help to create “a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” She sought to implement a Girls on the Run chapter in Moore County, NC. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. We were eager to assist our littlest sisters in achieving this goal. You provided all remaining funds needed to make their dream a reality. The chapter started in 2015 and is thriving. We could not be more proud. In the words of the chapter leader, “Thank you so much for making Girls on the Run Moore County happen! I appreciate your support and know that the impact that we will make to each girl will last a lifetime to those we touch.” And you know what […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: Friends, it’s time to update you on The Compassion Collective and our work to care for refugees in Europe. All the stories you are about to read — stories about the lives saved, the people fed, the shelter given—they can only be told because of you. You are the ones doing this. The gratitude that everyone connected with this work has for you is without measure. The situation for our refugees is worse now than it was in the fall. Borders have closed. Food is running out. Babies are dying. Parents are desperate. The evil the refugees are running from is real and it remains. When you look at the videos and the pictures you are about to see, please remember that these are people like us who once had homes and jobs, whose children went to school, who had dreams of the future and who desperately want to go home. This is what the refugees are saying—The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was leave my country. I wish more than anything I had a home to bring my children back to. […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees in Europe, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: At the end of last month, you and I and 41,000 of the biggest-hearted people on Earth came together to respond to today’s refugee crisis, the worst humanitarian emergency since World War II. This response—The Compassion Collective—was led by the communities of Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell and Momastery. As The Compassion Collective, we joined together to ask these questions: Should drowning children be saved? Should starving women be fed? Should freezing men be warmed? Should homeless babies be sheltered? Together, you answered YES. You decided this: Credit:Emily McDowell And THEN: This. In increments of 5, 10, 20 dollars- you gave one million dollars in 31 hours. By the end of 2015—our total was $1.3 million. Every penny is going directly to refugee aid. AND THEN. Our partners, Help Refugees, asked for their funding to be staggered and our first round —$697,000—hit European soil on Dec. 30th. This is our first report to you about how these funds are being used. Before we jump in, you need to know that the situation is still desperate. The horrific evil, the terror people […]
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