Photograph of the group of women that comprises CEPROSI.

Nicaraguan Women at the Heart: A Story of Accompaniment

“At the heart of our work are the women,” explains Gilda Larios, ESPERA Team Lead. This is the profoundly intentional notion behind our work.

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Photograph of Caitlin

Community

Meet Mary’s Pence: Caitlin Bates

I chose to intern at Mary’s Pence because I have a passion for organizations that support women, especially women across cultures. The internship at Mary’s Pence will give me experience maintaining professional social media accounts and writing professional monthly newsletters, both of which are things I’ve been interested in for a while.

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A diverse group of 15 women poses in two rows for the camera in a classroom.

Grants

Welcoming the Stranger: Family in a Foreign Land

The Wednesday morning students agreed that their class has become a family. Welcoming the Stranger has created space that’s safe for everyone to celebrate strengths, share fears, learn from one another, make mistakes, practice tolerance, and emote in their own language.

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A group of eight women, two white, the rest latina, stand with their arms around one another smiling.

ESPERA

More Than Micro-Lending: Mental Health Support for ESPERA Women

Each woman was to set three goals that she wanted to be held accountable for: take a step toward self-care, improve family relationships, and expand available resources, which could improve their businesses.

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A group of Iraqi and American women stand together, some with their arms around one another.

Grants

Forming Friendships Between Iraqi and American Women

One week after President Trump announced the Travel Ban in January of 2017, IARP announced their idea to organize a woman’s friendship group at a community gathering. Since then, a group of 12 women, 6 women of Iraqi culture and 6 women of American culture have been meeting once a month.

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A letter from the President of Concertacion de Mujeres de Suchitoto to Mary's Pence. thanking them for all of their support in the last 30 years.

ESPERA

Oldest ESPERA Partner Expresses Gratitude for Mary’s Pence

Since 1991, the Contertación de Mujeres has been dedicated to the “acompanimiento” of women confronting violence. We know in our very bodies how difficult it is to give birth to an organization and evolve with it.

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MAYA Organization Staff

Grants

Educating Immigrant Parents in Pittsburgh

The collapse of the steel industry in the 1980’s resulted in the out-migration of nearly half a million people. This employment disaster led to many years when few immigrants came to Pittsburgh in search of jobs and a new life.

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Isabel, a middle aged woman stands proudly in front of a chicken coop full of chickens.

ESPERA

A Progression of Changes for ESPERA Women in El Salvador

At first, the women were nervous to take out loans. Because they had not had previous experience with lending, the women were worried that they would not be able to pay the loans back.

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Ruth, the intern.

Community

Meet Our New Fall Intern Ruth!

I decided to apply for the internship because the chance of learning about social media, and writing articles for newsletters, seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand my learning experience. I also really love the Mary’s Pence mission of helping and supporting all women.

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Testimony from Genevieve

Community

Salt of the Earth: Genevieve O’Hara Brueggemann’s Legacy

Throughout her years of support, Genevieve regularly wrote to us and attended events when she could. She loved our yearly summer reading list and often let us know which of the books she had read and that she would be sharing it with her friends.

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