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December Giving Campaign Update!

Give $20 in December

We’re now halfway through the month of December and have raised $4,300 of our $10,000 December goal.  Thank you to those who have already donated! We appreciate your generosity and support and encourage you to help us spread the word!

Our plan is to raise $10,000 through our $20 in December giving campaign.  100% of the money raised will go directly to our partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo to fund safe houses for victims of sexual violence and to provide job training and microloans for the residents.

With your donations, women in the Congo will learn a valuable skill, create a small business, and be able to support themselves and their children. It really works.

Almost a year ago in one of our sponsored safe houses, women received sewing training to promote self-sufficiency and establish community. Today, they are sewing uniforms for the local hospital, and all of their children are in school. This is just one of many examples of CTA helping women take back control of their lives and livelihoods.

Please help us empower more women in terrible situations to do the same. This holiday season, give the gift of self determination. Help these women help themselves, their families, and their communities.

Thank you from the Care Through Action team, and happy holidays!

Remember:
$20 we can keep a safe house open for a day
$60 we can pay a counselor’s salary for a month
$80 we can provide 1 woman a 6-month sewing training
$110 we can provide a loan and teach how to manage it
$360 we can teach 30 women to bake & sell bread

Our Challenge:  Everyone donate just $20 in December 2011 and have a friend to do the same

Our Goal:
• Provide equipment and rotating credit funds for small business projects (sewing, bread making, basket-weaving) in 25 safe houses
• Provide small business and leadership training in each of the 31 safe houses to help them become self-sustaining within 3-5 years.
• Sustain the current facilities in eastern Congo

This holiday season give a gift of hope…

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Help a woman help herself – give $20 in December!

Many hands make light work.

Give just $20 this December to help change a woman’s life in the Congo

Read about us in the Huffington Post
“Charities that stretch your dollar most”

$20 will keep a safe house open for a day
$60 pays a counselor’s salary for a month
$80 provides 1 woman a 6-month sewing training
$110 gives a micro-loan & teaches her how to manage it
$360 teaches 30 women how to bake & sell bread

This December, help a woman in the DRC like Evangeline change her life…

At 16 years old, Evangeline was  kidnapped by a group of FDLR militia and kept as a sex slave for over two months in the forest.  When she tried to escape, she was shot in the leg and returned to captivity with no medical care.

Her leg became quickly infected.  As gangrene set in, she was sure she would die.  Then one of the soldiers took pity on her and drove her in the dark of night to a village, leaving her there in hopes that someone would find her before she succumbed to infection. The villagers who found her got her to a hospital where her leg had to be amputated at the hip.

Evangeline arrived at the Care Through Action safe house in Nyamilima a broken spirit.  “I was so sad. I didn’t want to live anymore,” she says, “but the women of the house helped me.”  She was greeted by a group of women who had survived similar attacks, and supported her during her recovery. While learning to walk on a prothetic leg, Evangeline also learned how to sew, and with a micro-loan, she started her own sewing business.

Evangeline now walks confidently with a smile and helps new women who come to the house.  With the emotional, physical and financial support of Care Through Action and her new-found sisters at Nyamilima, Evangeline is rebuilding her life.

This is what we do, these are the stories of hope that keep all of us at Care Through Action going, and we need your help.

This December, please donate just $20 to help support our efforts in bringing hope to the women of the Congo.

The Challenge:  Everyone donate just $20 in December 2011 and have a friend to do the same

The Goal:
• Provide equipment and rotating credit funds for small business projects (sewing, bread making, basket-weaving) in 25 safe houses
• Provide small business and leadership training in each of the 31 safe houses to help them become self-sustaining within 3-5 years.
• Sustain the current facilities in eastern Congo

Our target of $10,000 won’t accomplish all of these goals in their entirety, but it will be a significant and meaningful start.  If donations are secured from our strong existing following and from new supporters found by you, we have the potential to far exceed this fundraising goal.  As always, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to CTA’s partners in the DRC to build and equip safe house and provide microloans.

This holiday season give a gift of hope…

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