Harry Crossman, a dear friend and supporter of Wheels for Women, died suddenly on October 2, 2020. Harry was born in September,1960 and grew up in Kathleen's home town of Stow, MA. He was a gifted photographer and and all around good soul. He will be deeply missed. 

This year we are making a concerted effort to help with the purchase of the land for the creation of the new Peace Village in Kerala. New restrictions imposed by the Indian government mean that the purchase of the land for the Peace Village has to be completed by March of this year. Wheels for Women is focusing our energy on helping the shelter acquire that land before they lose funding support from the government. They need to raise $40,000, and we are determined to do all we can to help! 
All donors will receive a link to our upcoming virtual cabaret!

One extremely generous donor was so moved by our cabaret last year that she donated the funds to purchase an auto rickshaw for one of our trainees. Shabna and her three children had been abandoned by her husband. She had the training to go into business for herself as a rickshaw driver, but she could not afford a vehicle. Thanks to this donor, Shabna now has a growing business offering transportation to women in her community, who feel much more secure with a woman driver. Here is a message from Shabna to her donor: 

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Honor a loved one by donating an inscribed BRICK for the new Peace Village for $100.00 per brick. Please include information about the inscription with your donation. ​
  • Include a purchase of raffle tickets in your donation for exciting prizes. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Indicate how many tickets you’d like to purchase. 
  • Bid on homemade pies, a homemade scarf, or a signed poster from the Broadway tour of The Band’s Visit (featuring W4W cofounder David Studwell and recent grad Ali Bourzgui) during the auction at intermission. 

Shabna in her new four-wheeler!

Dear Ma’am,  

My name is Shabna, I’m 33 years old, I have three children studying in 2nd, 4th and 6th standard. I’m a survivor of Domestic Violence. My husband used to beat me and my children. He was addicted to alcohol and abandoned me with my 3 children. Since then I wanted a job for our survival. I got an opportunity from Cultural Academy for Peace to learn the driving and I could avail my driving license for four wheelers in the first appearance itself. But I was not able to proceed with my dream since my family has no financial stability to support me. I contacted Cultural Academy for Peace and they understood my situation and helped me to avail a four wheeler. I’m hoping that this will enable me to sustain myself and to support my children also. I am grateful for Cultural Academy for Peace, especially Beena ma’am, Kathleen ma’am and you ma’am for helping me to find my sustainability. Your gesture of empathy helps many such women who are looking forward for their economic sustainability by various ways. 

Thank you very much. 

Your's affectionately,                                                                                                                                          
Shabna