BENEFITING: Nourish International
ORGANIZER: Nourish International
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Project description: This summer, we are partnering with Infante and Sustainable Bolivia to empower women and children who have suffered from sexual and/or domestic violence. We are renovating the areas where these women work so that they can more effectively provide for themselves, and conducting alternative therapy sessions to help them overcome their struggles.
Project Details: Infante works with women, adolescent girls, and children who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse by providing one-to-one psychological support, group sessions, and various forms of alternative therapies such as creating art and enjoying music through dancing and singing lessons. Infante also instigates occupational therapy to empower women with work-related skills to financially support themselves, while increasing self-worth and self-esteem. Women are trained in bread and pastry making, enabling them to sell their products for a profit.
The kitchens where the women train and work are in need of repairs to improve the physical condition of their working space and productivity. Similarly, the bakeries now need to be renovated due to deteriorating walls, lack of insulation and limited working space.
The kitchen renovations involve installing insulation and an interior ceiling that will improve the working conditions and reduce the temperature in the kitchen. Currently, one long bench is used by the women for cutting vegetables and working the dough. A second bench space will be installed under the newly insulated roof to provide adequate work space and separate the two cooking areas: one for vegetables and one for bread/pastries. The renovation of the bakery will provide essential resources such as closing cupboards for hygienic storage space, cups to measure pastry sizes and a safer, more efficient workplace.
In the second year, the permaculture projects in both Cochabamba and Totoloima will reduce ingredient costs in the long-run for pastries while simultaneously providing a therapeutic practice and nutritional sustenance for the women and their families.
In the long-run, these projects will help the women provide for their families and continue healing from their past abuse, and help the organization continue to support victims of domestic and sexual abuse.