Since 2012, the Women’s Support Center (WSC) has housed hundreds of women and children at their domestic violence shelters in Armenia, providing them with a safe haven to rehabilitate, reintegrate into society, and rebuild their lives free of abuse. AIWA-SF is proud supporter of WSC; we are committed to providing on-going assistance to the needs associated with addressing domestic violence.
Presently, there are two shelters in Armenia, both over capacity with 6 women and 13 children (3 babies). The shelters needs more than food, clothes, and housing. These women and children lack the items that are often taken for granted. Such items include sanitary napkins, toilet paper, diapers, fever reducer, cough medicine, and more. Not to mention, antibiotics, mammograms, blood tests, OBGYN check ups and medicine for STDs.
A couple of weeks ago a 3-year old with a urinary tract infection and a high fever required hospitalization. Currently, the shelter is housing a pregnant woman who requires check ups. On a daily basis, the families living at the shelter cope with the effects of unimaginable trauma. The effects of such trauma results in many health issues including high blood pressure, digestive problems, nightmares, panic attacks, low immune system and more. Similarly, the children get sick frequently. Keeping necessities (medication including) is costly.
“Experiencing domestic violence is terrifying and the reality of these families is heartbreaking. We are deeply proud of the women who find the strength to walk away from abusive relationships in hopes of providing a better life for themselves and their children,” says Christine Soussa, President of AIWA-SF ,who visited during the summer of 2015. The WSC embraces these women and their children by dedicating themselves to helping victims of domestic abuse.
AIWA-SF is collecting funds to help finance the following:
- Provide gynecological screening for 20 women
- Medication for 30 children including ultrasounds if needed
- Medication for 20 women
- Mammograms for 20 women
You can help WSC’s mission today by providing survivors with theses basic necessities. No amount is too small and we ask that you help. Donation checks can be sent to: AIWA-SF 15559 Union Ave #227 Los Gatos CA 95032 or via our PayPal link.
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