Save Shakti Wellington Refuge

$10,674 of $10,000 goal
Given by 183 generous donors in 4 weeks

Shakti's Wellington Refuge is under threat of closing due to underfunding. This is a vital service that our community cannot stand to lose.

Wellington

The Shakti Wellington Refuge has been categorically denied government funding. Shakti has been at the forefront of striving for equality and equity for migrant and refugee women in New Zealand, and our Wellington refuge opened in 2014 after the murders of two migrant women in Wellington due to domestic violence - Sarwan Lata Singh and Mei Fan. We knew then, as much as we know now, that those women should have had access to refuge services that understood their cultural contexts. They had a right to access life-saving culturally appropriate support services.

Migration and displacement from one's home country and community creates an increased risk for vulnerable women who too commonly experience social isolation and severe barriers to accessing safety and justice in a foreign and unfamiliar environment. Traumatised by abuse and domestic violence, the understanding of culturally competent service providers is critical in saving the lives of vulnerable women in our community.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, Shakti Wellington serviced 352 clients, around 200 of whom accessed our services through referrals by the police. With a growing migrant/refugee community in Wellington, we forecast a further increase in demand of our services, and it is imperative that Shakti continues to stay in operation within Wellington.

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About us

Shakti Community Council is a culturally specialist organisation that endeavors to end family violence in migrant and refugee communities.

Use of funds

Funds raised will go towards assisting with the housing, food, health and legal costs of the women seeking shelter in our refuge. Typically victim-survivors arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back and their passports, requiring help purchasing the most basic essentials. Funds raised will also go towards the operational costs of our refuge (rent, power, water).

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Latest donations

Katharine
Katharine on 22 May 2017
$20
Shakti Community Council Inc.

Dear Supporter of Shakti, Thank you so much for your donation! At a time when our Wellington refuge is in great need, your support will truly help transform the lives of the women and children within our communities. Your donation will go a long way in supporting our cause. We would not be able to do the work we do without the help of people like you. Shakti greatly appreciates your support and kindness. Thank you once again :)

Shakti Community Council Inc.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 21 May 2017
Private
Shakti Community Council Inc.

Dear Supporter of Shakti, Thank you so much for your generous donation. At a time when our Wellington refuge is in great need, your support will truly help transform the lives of the women and children within our communities. Your donation will go a long way in supporting our cause. We would not be able to do the work we do without the help of people like you. Shakti greatly appreciates your support and kindness. Thank you once again :)

Shakti Community Council Inc.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 19 May 2017
Private
Shakti Community Council Inc.

Dear Supporter of Shakti, Thank you so much for your generous donation. At a time when our Wellington refuge is in great need, your support will truly help transform the lives of the women and children within our communities. Your donation will go a long way in supporting our cause. We would not be able to do the work we do without the help of people like you. Shakti greatly appreciates your support and kindness. Thank you once again.

Shakti Community Council Inc.
Charles Dawson
Charles Dawson on 19 May 2017
$30
Shakti Community Council Inc.

Thank you Charles for your kind support. We would not be able to do the work we do without the help of people like you.

Shakti Community Council Inc.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 18 May 2017
$10
Shakti Community Council Inc.

Thank you Anthony!

Shakti Community Council Inc.

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