First “Evaluation” of the work with the women of the island

If I let the last three visits of the Tasajera-island go through my mind I have to say: It`s really worth!

I feel that there is much potential in the meetings with the women. Considering that it is a process of forming a group, especially of Salvadorian women, who are a bit shy, I think that we already reached a lot. Evidence of this are commentaries which made some of them:

“The group for me significates getting out of bad vibras and have a place of sharing.”

“For me, the group is a space to laugh, to create, to talk and to learn more.”

These are testimonies which reflect a bit what I feel. Apart I have the impression that the women of the island have the necessity to have a group which helps them to escape for some hours from their environment and have time for themselves in a “protected” place with persons who appreciate them as they are. Even topics which we could work with them already are coming up.

For me there are varies aims which already are reached partly and which we can achieve further on: Capacitate them to earn a bit of money extra and give them like this a economic income, which not only significates economic advantage, but also being a bit independent of men, showing that they are able to move on; offer them this special place of sharing, create ties and profundity of relations, which encourages a lot; have the space to make aware of topics like identity, dignity, treat of specimen, sexuality, and so on.

It is a pity, that we can only get there every two weeks – considering the economic limits as much as time limits of the voluntaries – because I think that it would be necessary to meet every week to fortify the group, the relations and making more progress in the process. Nevertheless I am really happy that we have this possibility to improve a bit their and our reality and keep walking with spirit.

– A message written by Claudia (Germany) volunteer in the Artesanas del Mar project.

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