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Our message of appreciation to Dining for Women

A message to Dining for Women members                                                                      

Diana Bowie, President and Geordan Shannon, Medical Director

We want to portray how powerful this project has become, both for the communities involved and for us as an organization. It has become even more powerful than we realized at the time. The grant from Dining for Women has served as a catalyst for change.

Because of our work, the women – and even the men – of our communities are becoming very involved in their own healthcare; for some of them, this is the first time they have engaged with formal healthcare and taken charge of their own health. They are really excited about this project and it is gaining momentum. Women are engaged in our program and asking good questions. From appearing shy and marginalized, they are now proactive and more empowered.

The project has allowed community members to talk about what is important for them. For the first time, we have opened discussions around sexuality, relationships, and even domestic violence. From our discussions, we have community leaders wanting to form more locally led projects addressing violence against women, women’s health and chronic disease.

We have always spoken about sustainability of our work, through listening to the community’s needs. Now we are able to realize this fully:  the community is now interested in taking the lead on their own healthcare and they are asking about doing this for themselves. Beyond this, we have the valuable opportunity to work with the government to incorporate this program into the public system to provide care for all women in Loreto. Our program, serving as a blueprint for action, may extend over the entire district.

By investing in us, you have shown the communities that they have a voice. You have allowed them to dream of a better future and start realizing the change they have wanted to see in their world.

 

 

Grant for $150,000 from World Bank awarded for domestic violence initiative

The World Bank Group and Sexual Research Violence Initiative have announced that DB Peru and the  University College London will receive $150,000 grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention in the Amazon of Peru (GAP).

Author of the grant Dr. Geordan Shannon has done extensive research on gender-based violence in the area of Iquitos and the lower Napo River villages, and will be the lead researcher for this project.  Dr. Shannon, from Australia, is currently in London completing her PhD and serves as the Medical Director for DB Peru.

Renzo Pena,  Vice President of DB Peru, and Jenevieve Mannell of UCL will accept the award in Washington DC in April 2017.  The project will formally begin in November.

 

 

 

Diana Bowie Interviewed by The Guardian

DB Peru’s Diana Bowie was recently quoted extensively in an article on pointers for NGO’s in developing countries in “The Guardian”: “Consequently, Bowie is very mindful of the importance of maintaining good local relations. To this end, she has developed a code of ethics and a handbook that she shares with all prospective volunteers before they travel. Along with a clear statement of the NGO’s mission and practical questions, such as clothing, health and safety, this stresses the importance of sensitivity to the indigenous population. It features considerations such as what images are appropriate to share on social media and the importance of refraining from imposing religious and cultural values that the local community may not share.” The article included information on the original founding of the organization and Diana’s inspiration for beginning the work. [http://www.theguardian.com/…/before-you-travel-pointers-for…]