Posted on September 30, 2016

Violence against women and children is a common phenomenon in Zimbabwe. It occurs, both in the private and public spheres, catalysed by a number of factors that stem from the way in which society is structured. These factors include culture, tradition, religion, politics, and the economy. These factors contribute to shaping societal perceptions of why violence against women occurs, how society perceives the victim and the perpetrator, and how society responds to address cases of violence against women. Amidst all the other forms of violence against women such as wife battering and ritual killings, rape and other forms of sexual violence are becoming increasing social ills in Zimbabwean society.

In 2009 a group of courageous rape survivors organized The Doors of Hope Development Trust to address the psychological needs of women who underwent a series of human rights violations and to help them develop their own potential to handle post-traumatic events of rape or sexual abuse through Trauma Healing Workshops and group awareness discussions.

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The Tree of Life (ToL), a Zimbabwean non-profit that provides group based approaches to healing and empowering survivors of organized violence and torture, has supported Doors of Hope as they emerge into a more self-sustaining group. Tree of Life is facilitated by survivors themselves and uses the tree as a metaphor to provide a framework for understanding the trauma experience as well as strategies for empowerment. During the last two years the ToL has been working carefully and cautiously with Doors of Hope and by the end of last year had trained four of their senior members in conducting healing workshops. Currently the Doors of Hope is comprised of 5 volunteer staff and a membership of approximately 375 women from around Zimbabwe.

With WDP’s support, Doors of Hope will be one step closer to extending its outreach to other women survivors through trauma healing workshops, sensitization/advocacy meetings around the country and capacity-building/organization development training for Doors of Hope staff.

Tree of Life/Doors of Hope is a World Day of Prayer grant recipient

2016 Grants

Posted on October 25, 2016

Lydia’s House, St. Louis, MO.  ( $5,000 Lydia’s House works to end domestic violence by being a place of healing for abused women and their children.  Founded in 1995, it is the only program in the St. Louis area providing confidentially located, transitional housing specifically for abused women and their children.  Their plans for the … Continue reading 2016 Grants


Posted on September 16, 2016

Mrs. Arvella Austin Strong World Day of Prayer USA Board Member As a World Day of Prayer (WDP) USA Board of Directors, I was afforded the opportunity to travel to Cuba on March 29 – April 7, 2016.  This invitation from the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, Pastors for Peace encompassed travels to the providences … Continue reading CUBA

Cuba Travel

Posted on September 13, 2016

Dreams really do come true! This is how I felt, stepping off the Eastern Airlines charter plane at San José Marti airport in Havana, Cuba. I never imagined that my first visit to Cuba would be by way of service. Cuba had been on a bucket list that I derived for myself of places to … Continue reading Cuba Travel

Emanuel AMEC Prayer

Posted on June 30, 2015

The World Day of Prayer USA Committee grieves for the loss of life and laments the violence suffered by the members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, June 17 2015. We offer our prayers on behalf of the victims – Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Depayne Middleton Doctor, … Continue reading Emanuel AMEC Prayer

Announcing: 2015 Grant Applications

Posted on April 14, 2015

Grant Application: 2015 Submission Guidelines Before submitting an application, please carefully review the eligibility requirements to determine that your organization is qualified for funding from World Day of Prayer, USA.   Then, using the outline below as a guide, please prepare a formal proposal, and email it as one document (Microsoft Word or a pdf) to … Continue reading Announcing: 2015 Grant Applications

Reaffirmed Friendship with Church Women United

Posted on July 17, 2014

World Day of Prayer has been an integral part of the lives of church women in the United States since the prayer movement’s inception. Church Women United (CWU) units across the country continue to gather in celebrations of this special day on the first Friday in March annually. For many years CWU was the national … Continue reading Reaffirmed Friendship with Church Women United

World Day of Prayer needs YOU!

Posted on April 21, 2014

World Day of Prayer is searching for five new Board Members to fill vacancies in the classes of 2016* and 2017*! Do you know someone who would make a great WDP USA Board Member? Find out if they (or you!) would meet the requirements we’re looking for. The Board strives for a composition that is … Continue reading World Day of Prayer needs YOU!

Announcing: 2014 Grant Application!

Posted on March 07, 2014

**Please note: Grant Application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2014!** It’s here!  World Day of Prayer 2014 and our 2014 Grant Application!   Read more below on the kinds of projects WDP USA will fund this year, or download an application.  Grant Applications are due on Sunday June 1, 2014. 2014 Focus Areas: This year, … Continue reading Announcing: 2014 Grant Application!

Update from WDP Egypt

Posted on February 25, 2014

Just in time for your World Day of Prayer celebrations, here is an update from Rosangela Oliveira, Executive Director of World Day of Prayer’s International Committee, including news from the WDP Egypt Committee.

Advertise or Find a World Day of Prayer Service

Posted on February 20, 2014

Here at the World Day of Prayer USA office, we get a lot of phone calls from folks looking for a WDP service but not sure where to find one. If you’re looking for a service: We keep a running list of services online here. Keep checking back, we are updating this list all the … Continue reading Advertise or Find a World Day of Prayer Service