- $47,673.79 donated
- 387 generous donors
The Aunties provide sustained support to a refuge in Auckland and also help bring joy and dignity to the lives of vulnerable people.
Three and a half years ago, I became involved with a women’s refuge, getting clothes and baby gear for the women. My involvement with them grew and to make it sustainable, I had to involve other people. I call these people The Aunties.
The Aunties are a group of people who for various reasons - empathy, experience, and a sense of social justice - seek to provide support and be kaitiaki to the vulnerable, particularly those who have experience domestic violence.
The Aunties believe everyone has the right to be safe, to have shelter, to be fed, to be loved, to dream, to read, to write, to have their say, and to be heard. Where any of those things are missing, the Aunties mission is to help provide them - the practical things, and also in terms of advocacy and pastoral care.
The aunties believe in manaakitanga - protecting to mana of the people they help so that they can find their way towards living independently, and with dignity and joy.
Givealittle is a big part of that. Thanks to the Spark foundation, and the Aunties and their friends and family, from September 2014, we have done around 12 shopping trips (we also do a mega one at Xmas where we buy groceries, or make up gift baskets, for 25 families) and spent around $15,000 on food. In the last year alone, your generosity has meant that we have been able to spend $39.000 on supporting the refuge, and vulnerable people in the community.
The refuge coordinator can explain the need for this better than me.
“ Over the last year, the refuge has accommodated 56 mothers and 84 children through their two refuges, all escaping some sort of abuse or are homeless. Their stay at the refuge has lightened their load, in order to make the right decisions for their future. The refuge aims to provide immediate provision of:
They may have other needs such as:
- ID needed for themselves or children for applications
- drivers license
- mobile phones and credit for these
- school provisions for the childrens’ new school such as uniforms, stationary, and schoolbags.
When they leave, they are taken to shop for much needed kitchenware, bedding and small appliances for their new home.
On behalf of the refuge staff, board and refuge families, we would like to thank all who have given a little as it all adds up to make the difference to these families lives one at a time.”
In the last month, alone, we bought food for the Refuge, and helped some women to pay for their power and phone bill, another woman was able to get her door fixed. We bought mosaic tiles for the women's art therapy, and summer seeds for the Refuge garden.
We bought giftcards to give to women in the Refuge (or who are leaving Refuge) to buy things they need from the Warehouse. And we bought Pak’n’Save vouchers to help women fill their cupboards when they leave Refuge, and for women in the community who have nothing and are finding it difficult to leave.
We are able to give money to women who have to escape Auckland quickly, and buy them dinner so that they have a full belly when they get where they're going.
Your support is invaluable, and we couldn't do this work without it.
We thank you.
If you ever have any questions, I can be contacted via email: email@example.com
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Thank you all so very much for your past support, and I look forward to our continued work together.
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I am donations coordinator for 2 refuges, an unpaid and voluntary postion, and the head Aunty of The Aunties
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a refuge in Auckland
Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Victoria Rawhiti-Forbes on behalf of a refuge in Auckland.
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