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Surviving Survival: Helping Returned American Hostages

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THE STORY:

Every year, 200-300 US citizens are taken hostage overseas. Being kidnapped abroad is an incredibly frightening and lonely experience. Once safely returned home, trying to readjust to normal life after being held captive can be extremely challenging. We at Hostage US provide services to help returning hostages and their families reintegrate into life by offering access to professional psychiatric, medical, dental, legal, and financial advisory care.

Being kidnapped creates a profound sense of isolation, as there are no existing support groups for former hostages that allow for shared connections over their experiences. This seclusion exacerbates the healing process. We are raising money to change that by creating a network of former hostages to share their stories with others who have been through similar experiences. It is incredibly empowering to have an outlet for open communication and to know that you are not alone in the healing process. 

Through this fundraiser, we will fund a weekend-long retreat for returned hostages to join together and share their experiences, hardships, and hope in a safe space. We will also create a series of short, autobiographical films of returned hostages where they can present their stories of "surviving survival" and share useful coping mechanisms throughout their reintegration process for the benefit of others who have been kidnapped.

Weekend retreat for former hostages

The retreat will be a gathering of former hostages and families to listen to speakers and have discussions based on their experiences of reintegration after being in captivity. The expenses for the retreat include:

  • Travel fees for attendees
  • Accommodation fees
  • Food and beverage cost
  • Venue fees
  • Mental health professional speaker fees

"Surviving Survival" film series

The series of films we will produce will serve as guides for future returning hostages on the process of reintegration and provide helpful tips and relatable stories to those trying to rebuild their life after captivity. The costs associated with the films include:

  • Film crew and equipment
  • Editing and production fees
  • Travel and accommodation fees

 

Hostage US actively supports survivors and their families as a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,595

MONEY RAISED
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  • Phil & Susan Aronson

     

  • Erik Rohde

     

  • Ann Vincent

     

  • Al and Aida Cipriani

     

  • Jane Rager

    $150

  • Kelsey Albanese

     

  • Feona Mulholland

     

  • Jan Simonsen

    $100

  • Brenda Lane

    $100

  • fabiola martens

     

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • d'Amboise family

     

  • The Baldwins

     

  • Dr. Francis D. Grimm

     

  • Carol Ruffo

    $100

  • Sarah Njeri

    $50

  • Jim and Mary Jane Mulvihill

     

  • Effort225

    $250

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The Team: $2,595 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Effort225

Effort225

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Jim and Mary Jane Mulvihill

Jim and Mary Jane Mulvihill

Kristen Mulvihill and David Rohde 2 years ago

Sarah Njeri

Sarah Njeri

DONATION: $50

For Jessica Buchanan Landemalm and the beautiful work that you do. Keep going girl.. 2 years ago

Carol Ruffo

Carol Ruffo

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Dr. Francis D. Grimm

Dr. Francis D. Grimm

2 years ago

The Baldwins

The Baldwins

For all the excellent work you are doing 2 years ago

d'Amboise family

d'Amboise family

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

fabiola martens

fabiola martens

2 years ago