SI Peterborough receives Recognition Posted June 2, 2018 by Public Awareness(1)

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Soroptimist International of Peterborough has been recognized by SI of the Americas. SI Peterborough contributed $880.00 to support the global Live Your Dream program. We have been acknowledged as a Dreamers Contributor for the 2017-2018 Club Giving recognition period.

The gift of $880.00 is going to travel the world to change the life of a woman or girl who might speak a different language, but still is in equal need of help.

A woman like Sandra, from Bolivia. The $15,000 she received in Live Your Dream Awards funding and the education and stability it made possible, thanks to clubs like SI of Peterborough, ON, once felt very far away.

Sandra was sent to live with her Uncle when she was six, after her father died and her mother became overwhelmed. There, she was beaten and food was withheld. Eventually she made her way back to her mother, who had taken on a new boyfriend. This man attempted to rape her multiple times, and his son succeeded. When Sandra’s mother learned of this, she kicked Sandra out of her home. Sandra grew older and met a seemingly kind man, who over time became violent, a drunk, and unfaithful. Sandra divorced him, and following this, one of her sons committed suicide.

Sandra has had a horrific life. What she dreamt of more than anything else in the world was normalcy. By contributing to Club Giving, you and your fellow members made dreams come true for women like Sandra, who is now on her way to graduating high school and becoming a chef so she can better provide a reliable income for her family.