Funds raised during this Challenge will support programs aiding women and girls both abroad and here in the United States. In the US, funding will be directed to partners in the South providing skill-building, leadership training, emotional support and much more for at-risk young girls affected by poverty and displacement from disaster; and to Native American partners in the Midwest providing skill building and career training for teenage girls living on reservations. Internationally, funding will be directed to partners in Cambodia and Vietnam providing micro-loans, livelihood training, and health and mental health programs to women and children living in rural areas.
Among the painful lessons that Operation USA has learned in 30 years in the field is that women and children are disproportionately victimized by natural disasters, warfare, violence and poverty. They are the hardest hit, the least prepared and, invariably, those who experience the greatest difficulties in recovering from disaster and devastating traumas. That's why Operation USA supports programs designed to help women and their children.
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