The Women's Center
The Women’s Center will serve as the primary operating facility of Woman, Cradle of Abundance. The Center will house a shelter for abused girls and women, private rooms for counseling, and large common areas for the sewing and literacy schools, including a store and display area for the beautiful products of the sewing school. It will also contain a small dormitory for girls who currently travel long distances to attend the sewing school. The layout of Women’s Center has been redesigned several times to maximize the use of the property and provide as much natural light as possible for the interior. Progress has been slow in part because the torrential, daily rains for months at a time have prevented construction; concrete does not set in a downpour!
At last! Despite many challenges, the construction of the Women’s Center is almost finished! The roof has been completed, the final walls are being bricked in. The septic tank & replacing the crumbling concrete fence are next. Soon windows & doors will be fitted. Moving in may begin in February or early March.
Capital Campaign Success! THANK YOU, ALL!
Tuasakidila wa bungi! Merci beaucoup! What wonderful people you are! THANK YOU SO MUCH from all of us:
- from Maman Monique & all her colleagues, students in the sewing school & day schools, victims of rape & violence & floods & hunger & homelessness & AIDS & more;
- from our little non-profit in NJ
all of us say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
We cannot begin to name everyone, but we want to identify a few big events: three concerts “Chansons pour le Congo!” by Karrin Allyson, 2013, 2014, 2015, put us on the map! Thank you so much, Karrin!!! Two concerts “Pour Femmes” organized by Anna de Groot in 2016 filled our final campaign year with song. Thank you so much, Anna & Friends! A number of generous donors have swelled our coffers with their matching grant challenges & YOU have matched their gifts! Thank you so much, Kind Friends Everyone!
Naming Success: Land was bought in 2014, the building has been completed in the winter of 2017! Dreams can come true! Thanks to you, Woman Cradle of Abundance now has a home.
Naming Hope – Please help us furnish the Women’s Center: A home needs furnishing, and we hope that you may be willing to continue your generosity on this smaller scale. We need many items of equipment: tables, chairs, and chalkboards for teaching. We need beds, cupboards, kitchen & tableware for residents – and some curtains wouldn’t hurt! We need furnishings for the office and for making a private counseling space comfortable and welcoming.
An anonymous donor has promised to match every dollar up to $5000. Give a chair or table or bed or pillows or plates and see the house become a home!