Advocacy, Community

Marlborough missionary’s motor plea

She had devoted three years helping others but after being caught in a cyclone, a Marlborough missionary is the one who needs help.

Laura Monahan, 32, is the founder of the Liberty Project in Mozambique.

She works with women to help them escape exploitation and to build better lives.

But after category 4 Cyclone Kenneth roared through in March, the organisation has been left without use of a vital vehicle.

They had been relying on a borrowed Land Rover which is now only good for parts.

Laura, from Blenheim, hopes the community she called home will help by donating money towards a trusty new people mover.

“It’s critical to do the work we do.

“In the environment we live and work in both safety of our foreign workers and transportation of our volunteers and women in programs is necessary.

“The roads here are rough. We deal with roads mostly made from sand, dirt and severely potholed tar-seal.

“At this moment following both the rainy season and Cyclone Kenneth roads are a mess.

“Small cars cannot pass, and distances are long. I live rurally, most of our girls live in the middle of very poor villages and none own vehicles,” she says.

Laura Monahan with some of the women helped by the Liberty Project. Photo: Supplied.

The Liberty Project is a faith-based organisation in Pemba Mozambique that works with women from backgrounds of sexual exploitation, abuse and oppression.

The refuge relies on the use of a road-worthy car.

It is important for safety reasons and to help women in more remote areas of the community.

“The Landy has given up the ghost…

“It’s a real challenge living here without the technology to fix serious technical things and this sees many vehicles permanently off the road.

“We have been entirely reliant on rides from others, and in this type of environment everyone is overworked.

“There are many families and villages that have been destroyed and need aid, some are beginning to make steps forward and others only receiving food now after three weeks – young children and elderly are perishing in coastal hard to reach areas.

“It’s time to switch sides and go with a Toyota Land Cruiser that will last the long haul.

“The Liberty Project are without a vehicle at a most critical time”.

The initiative hopes to raise a total of $72,000 AUD dollars for a 10- seater, five-door, Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series.

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