Editorial for 04 June: Giving a voice to abused women

Sometimes an idea comes along that’s too great not to share.

Find Your Voice is such an idea that has become a reality.

It’s a programme that ensures each woman who goes to the
Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is armed with a working mobile telephone.

And you can help.

Go through your desks and drawers and gather up those old
cell phones that aren’t being used and donate them to the Crisis Centre via
donation boxes at all Foster’s supermarkets, LIME retail stores and Kirk
Market. These will be sent to the US for recycling and the proceeds will go
toward the purchase of new phones, pre-paid minutes and other programme needs.
LIME has pledged to provide the phones and pre-paid minutes for the first year.

The idea was the brainchild of Megan Holt and Julia Allman,
both senior auditors at KPMG’s Insurance Department. In October 2012, KPMG in
the Cayman Islands invited staff to form a team of two to develop a bright idea
about how they could use their skills and talents to make a difference in our

The two women realised that women who were going to the
Crisis Centre needed a way to find their voice.

The phones give them the means to find an apartment, set up
employment and connect with family and friends at a time in their lives when
they feel the most vulnerable.

Often the women going to the shelter have children with
them. Arming them and their children with a way to communicate can make a huge
difference in their lives.

In addition to providing emergency shelter, the Crisis
Centre also operates a 24-hour crisis line (943-CICC/2422), as well as ongoing
support and counselling programmes, community education and assistance to all
victims of abuse. The centre services are available to everyone regardless of
race, creed, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation,
age, language and physical ability.

Please help do your part and donate an old cell phone today.

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