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Lets Hold Out Hope to Young Women in South Bronx

Womens eNews - Tue, 10 May 2011 19:05 GMT
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Spreading the Support Twenty women in that pilot program were taught self-healing skills and now provide crisis support to other women. Some work in New York City. One delegation went to help the victims in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Another has gone to post-earthquake Haiti. The mission, says Marte, is to provide a doorway to boundless transformation "starting right here in the South Bronx." Here, she says, a young woman will have mentors. "She will find her voice, mind, body and spirit." Casa Atabex Ache is a one-stop center that holistically helps a young woman surmount trauma, poverty and violence, says Marte, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and a mother of two children. "Here she will do arts as healing, have access to holistic mental health support, learn alternative life skills that connect her to the earth, learn about preventative medicine as an alternative to the declining health care system," she said in an interview with Women's eNews. Every day two or three young women stop by looking for work and training opportunities, she says. But with funding gone, they cannot help these women as they once did. Most of the women that stop by have been forced to drop out of school to look for work to support their families. As a woman-led organization, for and by women of color, Casa Atabex Ache is like many other programs in this country that run on meager funds and uncertain funding commitments. The money to fund such projects is vital. Let's remember our sisters, right here in our own backyard. They need our assistance, love and support. Would you like to Comment but not sure how? Visit our help page at Would you like to Send Along a Link of This Story? Dr. Sharon Ufberg is a respected integrative practitioner, health care journalist and consultant. She is an international leader and activist in issues of women's health and safety and a delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She can be reached at or or followed on Twitter at: For more information: Casa Atabex Ache: Dayanara Marte's article on WorldPulse: New York's 62 Counties' Health Rankings: South Bronx Health information:

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