Our founder and genocide survivor, Taban Shoresh, has chosen to celebrate her 35th birthday year by aiming to raise £350,000 for displaced, vulnerable women and girls.
Taban Shoresh was imprisoned at the age of four with her family in 1986 and was nearly buried alive by Saddam Hussein's soldiers. You can listen to the harrowing story on BBC Worldwide Service Outlook.
Taban’s story is an incredible testimony to human survival, endurance and hope. In 2014, she left behind a thriving career in the City and turned her attention to founding The Lotus Flower in 2016, a non-profit that supports women and girls impacted by conflict and displacement. Currently supporting women and girl survivors of ISIS who have been traumatised with rape, sexual slavery and losing loved ones.
The Lotus Flower aims to give women and girls affected by conflict, the strength and support they need to rise out of darkness; moving from past suffering and economic hardship to reach their full potential to rebuild their future.
Having survived hardship herself, Taban believes given the right tools, support and opportunities, vulnerable women and girls can thrive. Current projects at The Lotus Flower put women and girls at the centre, allowing them to choose the projects they want implemented, giving them a choice in rebuilding their future. Projects have proved to be extremely popular with The Lotus Centre over subscribed for courses in education and income generating projects. Supporting the local community is central to The Lotus Flower, hiring within, buying equipment and essentials locally too.
Despite recent launch, low funds, The Lotus Flower has a big heart and with that has managed to support over 350 women and girls in under one year.
Give Taban the best birthday present by helping her raise funds to help others. Appeal ends 31st December 2018.