Kofaviv Update and Thanks

The women of the Commission of Women Victim-to-Victim (KOFAVIV) are at work within the rubble. They are working together in the mutual aid that has been the most steady source of help since the earthquake. Every member having lost her home, they have created homes in the crowded camps with as much dignity as possible. They have been distributing money to women in the camps to buy food and water (in the Champs de Mars camp only washing water has been provided by outside aid groups. We have not seen any evidence of food or drinking water being distributed). They have provided transportation for families to leave the city for safer situations in the countryside.


The women of the Commission of Women Victim-to-Victim (KOFAVIV) are at work within the rubble. They are working together in the mutual aid that has been the most steady source of help since the earthquake. Every member having lost her home, they have created homes in the crowded camps with as much dignity as possible. They have been distributing money to women in the camps to buy food and water (in the Champs de Mars camp only washing water has been provided by outside aid groups. We have not seen any evidence of food or drinking water being distributed). They have provided transportation for families to leave the city for safer situations in the countryside.They are a resource for the increasing number of women who have been raped in the camps, accompanying them to the doctor and guiding them to other resources. They have been sending their outreach workers to talk with women about their rights and doing trainings about the realities of restavek, a form of child slavery where children are sent to live and work in other homes, and where they are often mistreated and abused. With so many children left without parents after the earthquake they are talking with families who may have taken new children in about the dangers of the restavek system, and about the principles of treating these children with love and respect. 

Two of our Other Worlds team have been visiting women from KOFAVIV here in Port-au-Prince regularly for the past couple of weeks. They have given us an update on their work, and a thank you letter to pass along to you, the people who so generously jumped into action and responded with donations.

I am including below a summary of the money that has been raised so far, and how it was spent, as well as a translation of their thank you letter and a photo taken March 7th of a group of KOFAVIV women in the Champs de Mar camp.

 

Amount raised in individual donations: $8100

The money has been used towards:
Transportation costs for 20 families to travel from Port-au-Prince to various towns in the country, $1350
Cash distributions, $40 to 90 women
Food distributions, $35 worth of food distributed to 90 women

We will continue to be a link for those wishing to send support to KOFAVIV.

Please know that your donations are going to good use,

Tory Field
On behalf of Other Worlds
 


March 7, 2010

Dear Friends,

We would like to take this occasion to thank all of our friends who have supported us during our difficult time.  The situation has been especially difficult for the women of KOFAVIV who have been earthquake victims.

Thanks to the donations that you have made to KOFAVIV, many families have benefited.  Even though there are many who haven

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