Women Forging New Paths in Costa Rica
Goal: 30 scholarships for women ($5,830)
About this Mission Project
Although Costa Rica looks like a tourist paradise, many women there live with social and domestic violence, filled with frustration and desperation.
Carmen is 50 years old and married with three adult children. She has been around domestic violence all her life: first by watching her parents, and then experiencing abuse at the hands of her husband and children. She felt there were no options and she never told anyone at church, though she is an active member.
Carmen took two courses, which strengthened her self-esteem as she learned that she was not alone and that she did have options. As a result, she began taking GED classes, filed a police complaint against her abusers and now motivates other women in her church to forge new life paths.
A gift of $65 will provide a partial scholarship for 1 course. $130 provides a full scholarship for 2 basic classes. $260 provides 2 full scholarships.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $5,830 to provide 30 scholarships for women in Costa Rica to take the two basic courses, “Being a Woman is Wonderful” and “Healthy Relationships,” over the course of a year. The purpose of the project is to provide training from a liberating Christian perspective for 30 women in marginal areas.
This project will be managed by IM missionary Sue Hegarty and by Rebeca Cascante, coordinator of Pastoral Care for Women in Costa Rica. It is anticipated that this project will improve the women’s self-esteem and promote healthy relationships in their families and communities.
Connect to this Mission Project
- Pray with Sue, Rebeca and Pastoral Care for Women in Costa Rica that more women will receive the training they need in order to break the cycle of violence.
- Your donations make this mission project possible.
- Donate by check. Write Costa Rica/Hegarty/Women Forging New Paths on the memo line and mail to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.
- Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
- For information, contact Chris Marziale.
Rebeca Cascante (right), Coordinator of Pastoral Care for Women in Costa Rica, works with a student, helping her understand her reality and her options for change. The two basic courses help women see their worth in God´s eyes, look at strategies for making changes and study the elements of healthy relationships.