April 21, 2016

Would you rather give a child a fish or teach a child to fish?

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Category: Gender-Based Violence

Which would you choose?

Personally, I am not a fan of limiting our options to just one or the other. There is value in both, so let’s do both (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Children who are exposed to domestic violence often experience high levels of stress. It can be particularly hard for them to cope and to regulate their emotions (an important life skill) when they do not feel safe.

Please donate so we can teach them the skills they need to build resiliency, to soothe themselves, and to better regulate their emotions when they are faced with stressful and scary situations. That is the teaching them to fish part.

Please donate so we can also literally feed them. After they participate in a mindfulness-focused children’s group and their non-abusive parents participate in a mindfulness class for DV survivors, we want to be able to provide them with a healthy meal they can share together in a relaxing environment. That is the giving them a fish part.

Let’s make sure that children who have been exposed to domestic violence get their basic needs met and their higher level needs too. They need nutrition for their bodies and minds.

Please donate and make a significant difference in their lives.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me at alison@endgv.org or at 206.568.5454.

Thank you!

Alison Iser
Project Manager
Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project
Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence

P.S. In the spirit of stress reduction for our Mindfulness Team, please give by April 30th so we have adequate time to plan for this!