#SaveMirabel - Rape Crisis Centre
$12,401 of $10,000 goal
“One day she returned from school with three friends. A 17-year-old male cousin had been harassing her, and that night he brought four other men to the house. For Mercy, everything from the moment he began to rape her is a blur.
Her next memory is of waking up in the hospital the following day, and being told what had happened.
All of the girls were raped, possibly multiple times by more than one of the attackers, but Mercy does not know for sure because she blacked out. One of her friends did not survive; another died last year as a result of the injuries she sustained on that night. Mercy and one other girl are now the only survivors.”
Their funding is coming to an end and securing financial backing has been fruitless as many corporate funders don’t want to be connected to a rape centre. The purpose of this gofundme campaign is to help keep the Mirabel Centre open for the foreseeable future while more permanent funding is secured. It costs about $50 to help one survivor. $5000 will serve 100 and every dollar counts to test, feed and counsel all who walk through the centre’s doors seeking support. The Mirabel Centre is essential to the ecosystem of such a large population and we cannot let it close. Help us #SaveMirabel.
Ms. Itoro Eze-Anaba of Partnership for Justice , which runs the Mirabel Centre, has given permission to raise funds on behalf of the centre. All funds (minus gofundme's cut) will be given to Partnership for Justice in it's entirety.
Date: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Venue: The Social Place.
33 Sinari Daranijo Road, Off Younis Bashorun Street, Off Ajose Adeogun Road, Victoria Island.
Time: 4 pm prompt.
We want to appreciate and thank you for your support during the #SaveMirabel Campaign and also to share the Mirabel Story, client testimonials and what you have helped us achieve so far.
We will also unveil our goodwill Ambassadors who have agreed to use their platform to appeal to the general public to help sustain the centre.
I do hope that you will be able to attend and we look forward to your presence at this event.
To RSVP - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-mirabel-event-tickets-19749254552
For questions or more information, please contact Joy Onoriose- 0803 486 1858 or Buky Williams - 0809 562 0265 or email email@example.com.
See you there!
Thank you all for your generosity and kindness.
I feel like I can call you all friends with the outpouring of support, encouragement and donations for Mirabel Centre in the past week. When I started this journey 10 years ago, it was a small group of people and the Justice for All Programme at DFID that made it possible for us to open the Mirabel Centre two years ago on July 1, 2013. When we opened, the Mirabel Centre was the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Nigeria and the second in West Africa.
And now to keep the Centre open, so many of you tweeted, shared, called, donated to make sure the Centre remains open. It was unbelievable, thank you for being there when we needed you the most. I can’t believe this surge of support only began exactly a week ago. This week has reenergized myself and the staff of the Centre and given us the hope we needed to keep going. As mentioned in the AlJazeera article that started it all, DFID funding ends in December and as you all know our work must continue no matter the odds. The survivors need us now more than ever; last month our Centre served 64 clients, the highest number since we opened. We can’t stop now.
The Mirabel Centre is more than an office; it’s a safe and welcoming space that provides holistic and quality services and support to survivors of sexual assault in a compassionate and caring manner. We pride ourselves on the work we have done to make sure the survivors leave our offices knowing they are not alone and that they still have many reasons to smile. We work not only with the survivors but also with their families and we support them every step of the way. We go beyond providing testing and medical treatment, the Centre provides counselling, help in reporting to the police, information on the legal system, refunds of clients transportation costs, feeding during visits, and referrals to other agencies for help not provided at the Centre.
In past week, thanks to you, we have raised over $10,000 dollars on GoFundMe, N189,000 through our bank account, Anakle Media donated $1000 and Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President donated $5000. Thank you doesn’t seem enough. Please know that on behalf of the girls, boys, men and women we work with, your generosity is appreciated. The donations mean we can keep the doors open and serve another 250 clients with at least testing and medical treatment. We can welcome them to our Centre and not turn anyone away. YOU made that happen.
But we need you all now more than ever. We need sustained support so we can continue to serve our clients and double up on our prevention efforts. To keep going, we need more funds and supporters. Become a Friend of Mirabel and help us raise funds in your places of worships, schools, offices, groups, organizations and communities. For more information, call Joy at 08176275732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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