Award for The Catholic Worker Farm, 2016

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“IKWRO are delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the True Honour Awards 2016”

10 March 2016

by IKWRO, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation

On behalf of IKWRO and all of the judges we’d like to congratulate every nominee for their vital work to end “honour” based violence and support survivors. Every single one deserves recognition and enormous praise. (…)

The Catholic Worker Farm are a charity run by Scott Albrecht with the help of 6 live-in volunteers that provide accommodation, support and a warm welcome to women and children, mainly from Africa and the Middle East as well as from Eastern Europe and Asia, who are destitute and have no recourse to public funds. This help is essential as these women literally have nowhere else to turn to, are highly vulnerable and at risk of being forced onto the street or remaining with perpetrators. The farm can house 23 women and children and so far they have helped 433 guests for various lengths of time. When women have children with them, they can often stay for about a year, providing much needed stability at a time of crises. Guests are provided with holistic support including food, clothing, administrative help, English lessons, group dance and they have recently started a women’s choir. Guests are also offered group and individual psychotherapy. The farm receives no government funding and relies on donations, sometimes given in return for presenting talks and they also grow food and are helped by people sharing their time and skills. The farm also campaigns against the causes of destitution, especially those targeted at asylum seekers and have protested many times including at in front of Yarlswood Detention Centre, the Foreign Office and the Home Office.”