Khae, one of our counselers, was invited earlier this year by local government to meet with 100 women who were all leaders in different villages. In the meeting, they discussed family-related laws that would be of interest to these women leaders and others in the village. Khae began to speak on the issue of abuse and family violence—both between parents as well as the abuse of children. She talked about what it is, its impact on family and on children’s education, relationships, emotions, and behavior, and she discussed what to do about it and how to prevent it.
One of the women leaders in attendance began to ask questions about it. The prevailing culture in the area assumes these matters are private within the family and shouldn’t be interfered with. However, Khae was able to explain that this is a situation that requires the help of people with training and experience, and that such a problem does require interference.
Through the course of the meeting, the people in attendance became excited to listen—they paid close attention and asked many questions. Khae was able to explain our mission and where we can help, as well as how we can point the way to other foundations in areas beyond our scope.
Changing Attitudes on Family Violence Matters
Issues like this can sometimes go straight to the heart of a community and its well-being. It’s education about rights and about the impact actions can have on long-term health and prosperity. And it’s direct action changing the prospects of long-term health and prosperity by changing how people can take care of themselves.
Prevention is more than a quick-fix: it’s the fundamental change that grows individuals and communities in every possible way of resilience. Help us continue making these kinds of fundamental change. We have 3 days left for raise funds for 2019!