#SaveMirabel - Rape Crisis Centre

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Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 21 million has only a handful of rape crisis centres and the largest is in danger of closing. Started in 2013 by Partnership for Justice, the Mirabel Centre has helped hundreds of rape victims, many of them minors, adjust physically and mentally to the aftermath of assault. The centre is housed in a dim corridor in the Lagos State Teaching Hospital and has a small dedicated staff. These women have worked tirelessly with an underserved and often unacknowledged population. But after two years, their funding from the UK Department for International Development is due to come to an end and this vital and necessary organization is faced with shutting their doors on the rape survivors they desperately want to help. Survivors like Mercy :

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.
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Thank you all for your continued support. As we mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, the Mirabel Centre would like to invite you to the launching of Friends of Mirabel!

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 sarc@pjnigeria.org.
See you there!
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Thank you all for supporting the Mirabel Centre and donating to keep their doors open. The gofundme campaign is coming to an end having exceeded our goals. We are transferring the last of your donations to Itoro Eze-Anaba at Partnership for Justice, the organization that runs the centre. If you signed up for a recurring donation, please consider contacting the centre directly to see how you can help (sarc@pjnigeria.org) and follow their page for more news: https://www.facebook.com/MirabelNigeria.

Thank you all for your generosity and kindness.
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A message from Itoro Eze-Anaba, Managing Partner at Partnership for Justice and Director of the Mirabel Centre:

Dear Friends,

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 sarc@pjnigeria.org

THANK YOU
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Our initial goal of $5,000 was met in less than a day and so we decided to dream bigger and double it. You all came together to make that $10,000 goal happen. Thank you so much! We have started the process to transfer the current raised funds to Partnership for Justice who run the Mirabel Centre. This fundraiser will stay up for 30 days so please continue to share the link and encourage those in your network to #SaveMirabel.
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Dolapo James
45 months ago
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Might I suggest that The Mirabel Centre is listed on 234give.com so that people can be aware of the work that is carried out and can continue to make contributions at any point in the future.

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Lola Ayanbunmi
45 months ago
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I'm so proud of your work. Go Mirabel!

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Christopher Philipose
44 months ago

I would like to know more about this site

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Bumme Nana Oshikoya
45 months ago

Well done!

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Might I suggest that The Mirabel Centre is listed on 234give.com so that people can be aware of the work that is carried out and can continue to make contributions at any point in the future.

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I'm so proud of your work. Go Mirabel!

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