We are a group of trauma-informed therapists from AMEN - a healing center for women survivors of sexual violence who have heeded the urgent call to head down south to the Dead Sea hotels and provide first-aid mental-health support to survivors evacuated from Kibbutzim and cities close the Gaza border. We have been on the ground since October 9 aiding women, men, and children, some orphaned, all have family members who are dead, missing or abducted. As we have feared, cases of wartime sexual violence are also becoming apparent. As experts in the field, we are especially called to help identify and respond correctly to these specific cases.
We have a 25 volunteer therapists station running daily offering individual and group work. were asked to keep our station open at least until the end of December. The weekly running cost is $13,000. The $180,000 current goal for this campaign will cover our expenses for the next two months here ($50,000 to go).
We have just opened a center in Eilat. We have a 20-volunteer trauma-informed therapist team running 2 stations - a hotel station with kibbutz survivors and a community women's clinique. There are about 60,000 evacuees in Eilat, so the needs are immense. We will have financial details soon and will need to find funding.
We are looking for foundations and family funds who wish to give sizable donations, so we may expand our healing stations. Please contact Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan with questions and instructions about big donations, bank transfers and EIN transfers.
In parallel, we will run a three-month-long treatment program for women survivors of sexual violence at the AMEN Healing Village starting in December. This is to provide women survivors of sexual violence not just with first-aid but with a full-time healing program, which has proven to be the most helpful for post-trauma sufferers. Time is of the essence here, and people who can get this kind of professional care close to the trauma are often able to live life without PTSD. The full cost of a three-month cohort is $150,000, Our ambition is to open a cohort every three months. so any surplus from this campaign will roll into the next cohort. Please consider a monthly donation.
We need your help so we can care for, support, and offer hope and healing from this devastating experience.
We have now enabled the campaign for “ambassadors”. This means that you can open your own page by clicking “Create your campaign” at the top of this page. This is an easy way to share this with your friends and encourage them to donate. We are looking for:
1. Communities who would like to “Sponsor a day” (raise $1,900) “Sponsor 2 days” (raise $4,800) or “Sponsor a week” (raise $13,000) in the Dead Sea therapeutic stations & the Tivon Healing Program.
2. Individuals who care for this cause and have family and friends they can approach to Fund a Day, Fund a Week, or fundraise for any amount that is feasible to them.
Write Rabbi Ruth to get some help in becoming an ambassador. We will share with you tips and templates to make it easy for you.
Thank you for your love and care,
The AMEN team
photos all published with permission. No photos of survivors are shared.
Our front desk. The posters say: "Sister, I am here for you" and "There is a place where you can go to heal" (the Amen treatment center, where we will open a three-month healing cohort in December, with your help)
Our Station: from desk and treatment tables. behind the screen, discreet sessions are held.
A team meeting (no photos of survives are shared)
A mother is being treated, a volunteer is holding the baby