Dear Friends of the Banderas Bay Women's Shelter,
This year has been challenging for everyone including not for profit organizations in Mexico. Government support, for most has disappeared and others have experienced a significant decrease in funding.
Fortunately, shelters for women and children, such as Casa Esperanza Refugio Para Mujeres (Banderas Bay Women´s Shelter), our new shelter Casa Esperanza Guanajuato and other similar shelters across the country are considered “essential” for protecting human rights and have continued to receive federal government support, They have; however, experienced significant cuts in financing. Casa Esperanza lost financing for the eductional psychologist and one of our two social workers.
These cuts have come during a year in which we have seen a sharp upturn in the number of domestic violence cases referred to our shelters. Both shelters have been full or over capacity during the entire
year so far.
I want to thank the people who have continued to support the shelter this year. Because of you we have been able to continuously provide all services to the families.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Pearl Health Foundation we were able to add three new spaces to the shelter this year, psychology, child psychology and education. The space formerly shared by psychology and child psychology was converted into another room for families.
One final note. Due to security reasons the decision was made to change the name of the shelter. The Banderas Bay Women´s Shelter is now officially known as Casa Esperanza Refugio Para Mujeres.
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