I got involved with the R.O.S.E. Fund during my spring semester because I wanted to supplement my classroom education with practical learning and experience, but also have a positive impact on my community. Since the beginning of my internship, I have learned so much, not only about domestic violence (DV) as a prevalent social issue in modern society, but also about the workings of non-profit and community based organizations.

Interning at the R.O.S.E. Fund has exposed me to heart-wrenching stories of individuals who personify the global struggle against domestic violence. While these accounts are very saddening, the strength and zeal of these brave women is truly inspiring. The story of a victim who recently worked with the R.O.S.E. Fund quite literally gave me goose bumps; I nearly felt as though I shared her anxiety as I learned about her controlling and abusive husband, who trapped her in a foreign country with no means of escape for herself and her children. They were subject to physical and mental abuse, as her husband would beat her and keep constant track of her doings and whereabouts.

When this woman finally escaped her abuser, she did something that I have found is common among women who have broken the DV cycle:  She created a life of her own, establishing a company and hotline that aids women abroad with domestic violence crises.   The R.O.S.E. Fund was able to aid her efforts by providing monetary assistance through the R.O.S.E. Award.  As a result, this woman has expanded her business and helped even more victims of domestic violence.

Many of the women that have been helped by R.O.S.E. Fund turn their lives around by creating businesses or organizations that return the acts of kindness and aid.  This progress is what makes our work so rewarding: By providing women with medical assistance and more, we allow them to regain their self-esteem and independence. Our various scholarships and awards help these women achieve their goals and develop careers.  For many, the R.O.S.E. Fund’s work is the first step in a mission to reduce and, eventually, eradicate violence and abuse.

If you are interested in contributing to this momentous cause, contact Kimberly Hirsch about our various internship positions at khirsch@rosefund.org.

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