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To hear more success stories and how you make the work of CVT possible, check out this Youtube playlist.
One of the most impactful ways you can support the mission of CVT is by being a virtual table captain for the 2021 Restoring Hope Breakfast, this year on Thursday, October 7. As a table captain, your role is to invite your passionate friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, business associates, clients—anyone you can think of—to join you at your “virtual table.” You do not have to ask them to contribute. Our job at CVT is to inspire you and your guests to understand the impact you can make in the life of a survivor of torture. Because the event is virtual, there are no limits to how many people you can invite, and geography isn’t an issue, either.
To learn more about what it means to inspire hope by being a table captain, check out the following links:
For more information about becoming a table captain, contact Laura Kuhlmann.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a virtual trip to some of CVT’s healing centers around the world. See for yourself where hope and healing happen. Sign up today to attend a special Rebuilding Lives Experience.
We want you to see how you make healing possible. Every month we’ll have multiple opportunities for you to join a Rebuilding Lives Experience. Short and free of charge, you’ll hear powerful stories of hope and struggle, and ways to take action. Click here to learn more.
Yonas was a 13 year old boy who lived in Eritrea. Like so many young kids, he was forced into military service, which is, quite literally slavery. He was torture attempting to flee to freedom but was able to make his way to a refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. Click here to read Yonas’s full story of hope and healing.
Anan was a young man who grew up in East Africa. He was imprisoned and tortured for speaking out against the government. Shortly after being released from prison, Anan fled and made his way to Atlanta, Georgia to seek asylum and found CVT. The reimagined future Anan dreamed of in the United States was within his reach. Click here to read Anan’s full story of hope and healing.
CVT – Jordan
Noor’s life was upended in 2011, when the Syrian War began, and she was forced to flee to Jordan. Although she was now safe in a new country, Noor wasn’t able to leave the past behind her. Click here to read Noor’s full story of hope and healing.
CVT – Nairobi
Angelique had a good life in Burundi where she worked as a health professional in a hospital. But after her brother witnessed the death of a high ranking military official, her and her family became targets. After being forced to flee to Nairobi, Kenya, her brother mysteriously disppears and Anqelique is tortured trying to find him. Read Angelique’s full story of hope and healing here.
CVT – Minnesota, Saint Paul Healing Center
After witnessing the murder of her entire family and her home being burned to the ground, Faria fled to a refugee camp where she was forced into sex slavery and contracted HIV. Afraid and alone, she found her way to Minnesota in search for a new life but, unable to escape her past, she knew she needed to find help. Click here to read Faria’s full story of hope and healing.
CVT – Minnesota, Healing Hearts
When Nana’s Karen village was attacked by Burmese soldiers and her father murdered, Nana and her mother fled to a refugee camp in Thailand where they lived for 10 years. Eventually, Nana found her way to St. Paul in search for safety, stability, and a better life. But the pain and trauma of her childhood followed her to Minnesota. Click here to read Nana’s full story of hope and healing.
It will take $26 million to fully fund the mission at CVT this year. $26 million to radically change the lives of over 30,000 torture survivors and their family members. Much of this comes from institutional partnerships and government grants. But in order to close the funding gap, and help survivors know that their past trauma does not define their futures, we rely on generous individual support. The Restoring Hope Breakfast raises nearly 20% of all contributions from individuals. This is where you make your impact.
Restoring Hope Society members have a unique impact in the lives of survivors by making a commitment of support for multiple years. Their generosity enables CVT to realistically plan for the future and say yes to every survivor desperate for a new life.
These sponsors graciously covered all event expenses. Because of their generosity, every dollar donated went directly to supporting healing care for survivors of torture. If your company would like to sponsor this year, contact Shelby Ankrom.