Fortunately, charity knows no bounds; almost any skill or interest can be applied to helping people. You just sometimes need to get a bit creative with your approach.
Thats exactly what talented tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho did when she realized that her skill could be put to use for a very special purpose: covering up scars.
The artist, who lives in Brazil, started a yearlong project called “A Pele Da Flor,” or, translated from the Portuguese, “Deeper Than Skin.”
The heartwarming project was aimed at creating beautiful body art free of cost for women looking to embrace and learn to love their scars.
Some of them came in with marks left by mastectomies or cesareansections, but the majority of women that Carvalho treated were victims of violence or domestic abuse.
She chronicles the project in a beautiful before-and-after photo series that touches on the heartbreaking stories behind her art, and the profound strength of the women who take their scars and use them to heal, despite everything.
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Flavia Carvalhooriginally began her project to make a difference in the healing process of the victims of violence. She told Huffington Post:
“It all started about two years ago, when I worked with a client who wanted to cover a large scar on her abdomen. She told me that she was at a nightclub, and when she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with a switchblade. When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me.”
Each and every tattoo Carvalho has created since has a similar story, ofturning a reminder of something ugly and violent into an emblem of beauty, hope, and self-esteem. She chronicles these stories briefly on her Facebook page.
Many times the biggest hurdle in leaving an abusive relationship is the overwhelming nature of actually having to physically leave the situation.
After all, this is not a case of simply moving. It is very emotional and can be very stressful to pull off when you are dealing with an abusive individual as a partner. There is a heroic California moving company which is offering up a service which will move you out of your abusive situation, for free.
The name of the company is Meathead Movers and they have teamed up with non-profit Good Shepherd in order to assist domestic violence victims with getting out of their situation as quickly and easily as possible.
The non-profit identifies the abusive situations and Meathead works directly with them to assist at no cost. The service is in line with the character of the mostly men working at the company who all beleive that real men never resort to abuse. Instead real men help out those in need.
Those who qualify will work through the nonprofit to set up a moving situation. The charity will work with the movers on a monthly basis to provide these services.
Meathead Movers was founded in 1997. The president and CEO Aaron Steed says the following about working with the non-profit to provide the services to those in need:
We know how hard it is to pack up someones life and move it to a new location but its unimaginable to think about a woman and her children trying to pack up all their belongings and flee before the abuser returns home. When we realized we had the resources to help provide a fresh start for these victims, we knew Good Shepherd was the perfect organization to connect us with those who need our services most.
“Today” and MSNBC host Tamron Hall is finally speaking out about the murder of her sister, Renate, after much hesitation.
In an interview published by People on Wednesday, Hall talked about her relationship with Renate, her stepsister, and shared her sister’s past experiences with domestic abuse, saying that she had a tendency to “fall for men who took advantage of her.”
“No one deserves what happened to my sister,” Hall told the magazine. “For a long time I was hesitant about sharing our story. I didn’t want to be another well-known person saying, ‘Look what happened to me and my family.’ But then I said, screw that. I can save a life.”
In 2004, Renate was found brutally beaten and floating facedown in her backyard pool in Houston, Texas. The only person of interest named in the case was a man with whom Renate said she had a “love-hate relationship.” But due to lack of evidence, no arrests were made and her homicide case remains unsolved.
“Do we know who did this to her as defined by a court of law? No,” Hall said, explaining that she once witnessed a “brutal altercation” between her sister and the man. “But I can tell you I witnessed an act of violence and there were only two other people in that room.”
Since her sister’s death, Hall has taken a stand against domestic violence by working with groups like Safe Horizon and Day One. In addition, Hall’s show, “Deadline: Crime” helps families who’ve faced similar tragedies as her own find closure.
One woman established a new law to prevent child marriage, and is enforcing it with serious gusto.
Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi, was tired of seeing 12-year-old girls walking around with babies on their hips, according to Al Jazeera. She decided to take a stand and made 50 of her sub-chiefs sign an agreement to end child marriage in her area of authority.
“I told them: ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated,'” Kachindamoto told the news outlet.
While marrying under age 18 in Malawi has been illegal since early 2015, children can still be married under so-called “customary law,” meaning with parental consent and overseen by traditional leaders, reports Al Jazeera.
When four male chiefs continued to approve underage marriages, Kachindamoto suspended them as a warning to others, only hiring them back once they confirmed they had annulled the unions, according to Al Jazeera.
“First it was difficult, but now people are understanding,” she said to the outlet.
To ensure children are not being pulled out of school, Kachindamoto operates a secret network of parents to keep an eye on others. And when parents can’t afford to pay school fees, she’ll pay them herself or find someone else who can.
“I don’t want youthful marriages,” Chief Kachindamoto told U.N. Women. “They must go to school. No child should be found at home or doing household chores during school time.”
Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with an alarming one in two girls married under age 18, according to Girls Not Brides. Marrying underage negatively affects girls’ development, interrupting their education and putting them at higher risk of domestic violence and early pregnancy.
In poor, rural regions like the Dedza District, rates of child marriage are particularly high, according to Unicef, and it can be hard to convince parents not to marry off their daughters in exchange for a dowry.
That’s where Chief Kachindamoto comes in.
“I talk to the parents,” she said to U.N. Women last year. “I tell them: if you educate your girls you will have everything in the future.”