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

WDP Offerings Helping to End Female Genital Mutilation

Posted on May 10, 2013

One of the organizations that your 2012 World Day of Prayer offerings supported is Mpanzi, working in rural villages in Africa.  You can read more about the work we funded on our 2012 grants page. What follows is an excerpt of a new book written by Jackie Ogega, co-founder and co-director of Mpanzi, about her … Continue reading WDP Offerings Helping to End Female Genital Mutilation

One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Landsborough Seventh Day Adventist Church

Posted on May 10, 2013

Inter-generational cooperation was at work during the World Day of Prayer service at Landsborough Seventh Day Adventist Church! Check out this video of Elizabeth Little, singing a duet with her granddaughter, who also played the flute!

WDP in the News!

Posted on May 07, 2013

Eleanor Long from Macomb, IL send this clipping in!

WDP in the news!

Posted on May 02, 2013

We love hearing from you about how you publicized World Day of Prayer in your community! Many of you get articles into your local papers. Here are two examples: From Marcia A. Adams in New Lisbon, WI: And from Mrs. Diane Grube in Scappoose, OR:

Mythbuster: WDP USA Edition

Posted on April 26, 2013

In the national office of WDP USA, we get to hear from you often with your questions and concerns. We wanted to answer some of your most popular queries all in one place. And so, we bring you this (…drumroll, please…) WDP USA Mythbuster! MYTH: World Day of Prayer Worship Services must be held at … Continue reading Mythbuster: WDP USA Edition

France Bible Studies: Now Available for Free Download!

Posted on April 26, 2013

If your community enjoyed the 2013 World Day of Prayer worship service, they might be interested in the Bible Studies provided by the WDP France Committee.  The Studies focus on Leviticus 19 and Matthew 25:31-46, using both texts to explore the topic of welcoming the stranger.  Each study can be divided into three different lessons … Continue reading France Bible Studies: Now Available for Free Download!

One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Spreading WDP

Posted on April 23, 2013

How can we keep folks excited about and engaged in World Day of Prayer after the first Friday in March?  Here are some of your ideas, please share others in the comments section, below! “Following last year’s service, several of the women from different churches wanted to have more frequent joint events.  In Nov. 2012, … Continue reading One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Spreading WDP

One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Thinking and Acting

Posted on April 20, 2013

How did World Day of Prayer inspire new conversations or action in your community?  Let us know in the comments section below! “The topic of immigration inspired a very lively conversation following worship.  We had lots of discussion on this ‘hot button’ issue.  As a preacher, I knew I was in tricky territory, but I … Continue reading One Day, Many Ways to Worship: Thinking and Acting

One Day, Many Ways to Worship: WDP in Philadelphia, PA

Posted on April 17, 2013

Women from the Mar Thoma Church planned and led this WDP service, which was held on Saturday, March 2 to enable families and working adults to attend. Watch a video summary of the service right below and read about the creative elements they included in this report. Click on the images below to watch a … Continue reading One Day, Many Ways to Worship: WDP in Philadelphia, PA

One Day, Many Ways to Worship: WDP in Rockford, IL

Posted on April 16, 2013

The Rockford Salvation Army hosted a celebration, adapting some of the excellent material contained in the 2013 materials. We combined the opening greetings from the French committee with salient paragraphs from the background materials.Each woman, wearing a colorful scarf around her neck, greeted celebrants and told a little bit about France. The last speaker welcomed … Continue reading One Day, Many Ways to Worship: WDP in Rockford, IL