Image courtesy of Gabriel Stauring, StopGenocideNow.org
The holiday season is upon us and people across the country are preparing to celebrate with their loved ones. This year, please remember the people of Darfur who do not have that luxury.
Every day brave women and girls venture from refugee camps to collect firewood, exposing themselves to harassment, kidnapping, rape and death. Their treks into the desert to collect increasingly scarce firewood make them easy prey for the roaming Janjaweed militias.
This holiday season you have the opportunity to give some of the two-and-a-half million displaced Darfurians hope for protection. Hope for safety. The Genocide Intervention Network runs an on-the-ground civilian protection program that supports safer cooking options such as:
- Alternative-fuel stoves
- Income-generating projects for women so they can afford to buy firewood when there is none to gather
- Guarded firewood patrols to protect women who leave the camps in search of firewood.
Our civilian protection program is the only one of its kind in Darfur, providing desperately needed security to women in the region, but it depends on the generosity of concerned citizens like you. Help us reach our goal of $50,000 and expand our civilian protection program by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Contributions can be made as holiday gifts for your family, friends and colleagues. In this season of giving, what could be better than helping those who need it the most?
Our civilian protection program gives safety and hope to the people of Darfur, but we can't do it without your generosity.