Centro de Protección de Mujer a Mujer
The Centro de Protección de Mujer a Mujer, founded in 2001, serves victims of domestic and gender-based violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The center provides food, shelter, counseling, and job skills training to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
The vision for the shelter was born in the heart of its director and founder, the Señora Angela Fierro Sandoval. Ms. Sandoval experienced domestic violence in her home as a child. As a result of her childhood experiences, she wanted to make sure that any woman facing similar experiences would have someplace to turn for help.
Libertad de Mujer a Mujer
Libertad is located in the Sierra Tarahumara in Mexico. Libertad was also founded by Ms. Sandoval, and faces even greater challenges with funding while the clients face even greater barriers to escaping domestic violence.
In 2022, ISSF began developing a relationship with the Legion Honduras to support capacity building and fundraising efforts for the shelter. The mission of Legion Honduras is to protect human dignity and strengthen the abilities of persons in crisis situations, calamity, emergencies, and disasters. Their Safe House protects the life and human dignity for women and children affected by domestic and gender-based violence. Approximately 15 to 35 women are served by the shelter on a monthly basis equaling about 300 women served annually.
Jamaica Baptist Women’s Federation Safe Shelter
The Jamaica Baptist Women’s Federation was founded in December 1922 out of a burning desire to link all Baptist women in Christian service. Over the century, the JBWF has grown and through its motto – Seek, Save, Serve, various areas of impact include the establishment and running of a children’s home, providing an agricultural revolving loan fund for rural farming women who need a start; providing educational assistance, skills training and sharing, feeding programs, schools, clinic ministries especially to teenage mothers, Health and Wellness fairs, care ministry for women and girls in crisis (grief and trauma), training in leadership and healthy family life and relationships. Their membership of over 4,000 women serves in their respective communities, with a multiplier effect of at least 40,000 lives being impacted annually.
The Safe Shelter is scheduled for launch later 2022 to early 2023. The Safe Shelter is expected to serve on average, 20 mothers, in addition to their children annually. JBWF Safe Shelter’s Mission Statement is to create a Christian-based environment that provides victims of gender-based violence with short to medium-term accommodation and opportunities to gain life skills, social and emotional stability and freedom from gender-based violence through intervention and support.
Do you know of a foreign organization serving abused women and children or orphans that would benefit from the support of a 501(c)(3)? ISSF provides technical assistance and resources to organizations in developing countries. To be eligible, the foreign organization must be organized and operated as a charitable organization/recognized local non-profit. Interested organizations must be willing to submit required reports to ISSF and must undergo a determination of eligibility by the ISSF board. Affiliates must also speak Spanish or have someone who speaks fluent English.