Applaud Charity for Helping Victims of Domestic Violence


Target: Gloria Amparo, Maritza Asprilla Cruz, and Mery Medina

Goal: Praise a charity group for helping abused women in Buenaventura

Recently, the founders of a charity assisting women dealing with violence and abuse received the Nansen Refugee Award in recognition of their humanitarian efforts. The founders of this group, Gloria Amparo, Maritza Asprilla Cruz, and Mery Medina, started the “Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro” which translates to “Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future,” in 2011. The charity group is based in Buenaventura, Colombia, where violence against women is pervasive and 80 percent of the city’s civilians live below the poverty line.

The group’s volunteers, who call themselves “Butterflies,” work mainly on educating women on their rights and assisting them in reporting incidents to the police. The group consists of around 120 volunteers, and so far has assisted more than 1,000 women and their families. As part of the Nansen Refugee Award, the Butterflies received a $100,000 prize, which they state will go toward establishing future objectives such as building a permanent safe house for victims of violence and sexual abuse.

Violence against women is a major issue that is unfortunately prevalent in societies across the world. Oftentimes, victims of violence struggle to cope with the aftermath of their traumas. Organizations such as the Butterflies are vital resources for victims of abuse, guiding them through steps they can take to leave their situations and helping them to recover. Please sign the petition below to praise the efforts of the founders and workers of Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro.


Dear Mses. Amparo, Asprilla Cruz, and Medina,

I was heartened to hear that your charity was recognized for its humanitarian efforts in combating violence against women. Sexual and physical violence against women is prevalent in societies across the world. It can be difficult for victims of violence and abuse to recover from the physical, emotional, and mental scars caused by these daily traumas on their own. Many of these victims live in poverty and do not have the resources or support system to leave their abusive situations. By giving these women a shoulder to lean on, advice, and empathy, you have touched numerous lives through your hard work at “Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro.”

Thank you again for the contributions that you have made through your organization, and congratulations for earning this much-deserved humanitarian award for your efforts. I look forward to reading about the positive changes that you continue to enact in your community.


[Your Name Here]

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