“I passionately support the vital causes that Ewa’a strives for, the Abu Dhabi Festival has been a proud partner of this organisation, which strives to make a difference in our community.? said Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival.
?This donation reflects the Festival’s commitment to enable community groups across the UAE, and we hope that it can make a difference to the lives of some of these women and children.? She added.
?Since Ewa’a was founded, we have helped over 147 victims. Currently, we have a total of 20 victims in all three shelters, including eight children from five to 18 years’ old? said Sarah Shuhail, executive director of Ewa’a shelters. ?Many of the victims are women who were promised employment but when they arrive in Abu Dhabi, their passports are confiscated and they are forced either into prostitution or if they work as housemaids, their households are abusive so they come to us for shelter.Some are also referred to us by various sources, including the police, churches, hospitals, and embassies,” added Sarah Shuhail.