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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 6:42 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Haven House Belize, a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse, has revised its “Denim Day” advocacy and fundraiser initiative, traditionally held once a month, into a three-day event at key points in the year. The first of three Denim Days is being held on Thursday, March 25.

Dr. Shermaine Saunders, President of Haven House, explained that the activity sees participants wearing jeans to their workplace as a sign of solidarity with domestic abuse survivors. The event was one of the key ways the shelter raised funds; however, with the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing it all year was not sustainable for those wishing to donate.

Saunders explained that the first date was chosen in March because it falls in women’s month, while the second day, May 25 was chosen as it falls in the same month as Mother’s Day. The third date, November 25, was chosen due to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which kicks off in November.

“Haven House is a shelter for battered women and their children. We like to say that we provide to great extent, with collaborative partners ‘wrap around’ solutions, which is all-inclusive of a shelter…we offer assistance in transitioning so that they don’t have to go back into the same situation, and with the help of our partners we have been able to offer healthcare, legal attention, and social and psychological assistance,” Saunders said.

She noted that, despite the economic issues of 2020, many businesses still made donations last year; however with the current economic climate, getting assistance for this very vulnerable population is becoming increasingly challenging.

Those who wish to make a contribution to the work of Haven House can do so by making a deposit to the Belize Bank account # 133 633 0101 20001.

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