Curating workshops/events that provide support and healthy/creative approaches on how to self care for survivors of DV and/or Sexual abuse.
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We bring awareness to communities in regard to domestic violence and sexual abuse. We curate workshops that focus on educating, providing resources, and support to survivors of abuse.
Survivors of abuse are often left in the dark, and it is difficult for them to share their stories, heal and reach their full potential to be self-sufficient. Most survivors lack the support and knowledge that they need in order to heal. We provide survivors, and families with that support and knowledge.
Our workshops focus on accomplishing one main goal; that these individuals from these communities can reach their full potential and strengthen their adaptive and life skills, which has been affected by their trauma.
Survivors are in their cocoon, and we are supporting them at the stage in their healing process that they are in.
Time Of Butterflies wants to create a voice for these survivors, and allow them to find comfort, and healing in doing so. We want them to feel more educated in their healing and supported.
Time Of Butterflies is a new non-profit organization, and we are seeking funding because we want to continue to help a lot more survivors, and families in many communities. The donated funds will go towards our future workshops, and seminars.
Founders, Kat Bonilla, and Giselle Bonilla both grew up in Boston, MA. Giselle Bonilla is currently attending Lesley University, she is working towards her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. Kat Bonilla is a special educator, and case manager, early childhood interventionist. Giselle Bonilla and Kat Bonilla both identify as Afro-Latina women. They want to make a positive change in other women lives, but primarily focusing on women of color. They want to create a voice, and provide support for these women who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. They want to create a path for healing for these women.
Here are some photos from our recent launch event for Time Of Butterflies. During this event we collaborated with other organizations who provided their resources in regard to domestic violence and sexual abuse to our guests. We had an amazing guest speaker Bernadine Truth who shared her experience with domestic violence and sexual abuse, and how she was able to move forward and heal, and gave our guests advice and uplifting words. We had a Q&A panel of survivors, which Giselle Bonilla, one of the founders was a part of, and we were able to include the arts as a paradigm to healing, which included a fashion show, a guest performer, and vendors.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us, and what we are doing. Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse are very real and a sensitive topic, and a lot of individuals are often scared to speak up, and are silenced by their abuse and in our society. Their family and friends struggle with having the right tools or knowledge to help these individuals. Your funds towards this cause and our organization will make a big difference in many communities.
Does the name Time Of Butterflies stand for something? We grew up listening to the stories of the Mirabal sister, which they were known as the butterflies. These sisters stood up to Trujillos dictatorship, and spread awareness to communities as well as worked with communities to fight against Trujillo. They stood up to what they believed in an never gave up. Their strength, power and perseverance is what influenced our name.
Where is your Non-Profit Based? Boston, MA
What Inspired you both to start Time Of Butterflies? What inspired us both to start Time Of Butterflies was our own experiences with domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as growing up and witnessing how it has been affecting others. We grew up in a community, which not many resources or support was provided for individuals who have experienced Domestic Violence and/or sexual abuse. We want to start changing that in our own communities, and many other communities.