Through hard work and “divine intervention,” Woman Inc.—an organization based in Montego Bay, Jamaica dedicated to establishing safe havens for women and girls in crisis—has a new office and training center that will provide life-changing services for victims of abuse and violence.
Thanks to funding from doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, doTERRA Wellness Advocates and local workers were able to labor side-by-side to transform the dilapidated, rat bat-infested home into a center that will be a key force in accomplishing Woman Inc.’s mission in Montego Bay. Volunteers painted ceiling panels and cabinets, planted a garden, cleared land for a covered patio, erected a safety fence, poured cement, and more.
Elise Thomas, the chairperson for the St. James Chapter of Woman Inc., and Ajalar Mekuria—who serves as the senior counselor—are a local husband-and-wife duo determined to position the organization not only as a reliable support system, but also as a catalyst that stops the cycle of abuse.
“When women, children, and men walk through our doors, they know there is nobody to judge them, and they can speak freely. We give people a place to cry, a place to sit, a place to be counseled, a place to heal... this is the place,” said Elise Thomas.
Today, Woman Inc. in Montego Bay is a symbol of a brighter future for survivors in Jamaica.
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Thanks to their partnership with doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, the repairs on Woman Inc.’s new office and training center in Montego Bay has made huge strides in a short amount of time. However, there is still more work to be done.