After the partly withdrawal of funds by a key donor coincided with an increase in the number of Eritrean women in desperate need of help, the Eritrean Women’s Center in Israel is appealing for donations.
Helen Kidane, the Director of the Eritrean Women’s Community Center in Tel Aviv, said that the organization which is the only place in Israel run by refugee women for refugee women is in a crisis.
“In the last three months, an unprecedented number of women, especially single mothers, have come to us for help. At the same time, one of our key donors just informed us that they are no longer able to fund us at the same level,”Kidane said.
Since the opening in 2012, the Eritrean Women’s Community Center has become a fixture for refugee women from Eritrea in Israel. The activities and services include language and computer courses, vocational training, peer groups for adolescent girls, psychosocial support groups, one-on-one counselling, referral services and other enrichment.
Theorganization reaches about 200 women and their families each month, according to the center.
“Eritrean women in Israel are survivors. We’ve gone through harsh treatment in our home country, sexual abuse and torture in the Sinai desert and a lack of legal status and restricted access to services in Israel,” Kidane said“We have built this organization from the ground up and we are determined to keep going. Please consider donating to keep our dream real, for us and for our children.”
Caperi News in support of the efforts by Eritrean women to help Eritrean women in Israel appeals to its readership to help and donate for the organization by visiting Donation Site.