We want to bring awareness to communities in regards to domestic violence and sexual abuse. We will do this by engaging with communities by curating workshops that will be focused on educating, providing resources, and support for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, as well as friends and families of those individuals.
Survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse are often left in the dark, and it's difficult for them to be able to share their stories, heal and reach their full potential to self sufficiency. Most survivors lack the support and knowledge that they need. We want to provide survivors, and families that support and knowledge. Our workshops will mainly be focused on accomplishing one main goal, which is that these individuals from these communities can reach their full potential to self-sufficiency in regards to their day to day functioning, which was affected by their trauma.
Survivors are in their cocoon, and we want to help them through the process in whatever stage that they might be in, in order for them to become a beautiful butterfly.
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. Our market size/opportunity is Boston, MA.
Time Of Butterflies is a new non-profit organization, and we are seeking funding because it will be helpful to continue in starting-up our organization, and be able to help a lot more survivors, and families in many communities. The donated funds will go towards our future workshops, and events.
Giselle Bonilla and Kat Bonilla are both Latina women whose family migrated from the Dominican Republic in 1992. They are the founders of Time Of Butterflies. They grew up in Boston, MA. Giselle Bonilla is currently attending Lesley University, who is working towards her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. Kat Bonilla is a special educator, case manager, and early childhood interventionist. Domestic violence and sexual abuse became essential in their lives in order to make a positive change for survivors. This is a passion that they both share so deeply, and forever will be ignited in them.
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 regards 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 some 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 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.
The Project FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.