Chayn turns 4 today!
“The thing with Chayn is, it doesn’t matter how much you do for Chayn or how much energy and efforts you put into it, Chayn will always give you more to take back with you.” — Dina Ariss, volunteer since May 2015
If you ask any of the 300+ volunteers who have worked or are still working with Chayn over the past four years, each of us have an inspiring story to tell, including our founder. Each one of us, with our own backgrounds and unique stories, is joined together by an irrefutably important cause and the zeal to fight for it.
Today, on May 20, 2017, Chayn turns four. Each year, we grow bigger and better. In the past three years, Chayn successfully reached out to over 119,000 people across over a dozen countries. With more than 20 projects under our belt, and more on the way, there’s no stopping us.
Chayn’s diverse community, its fluid and democratic structure, and the fact that each volunteer represents the organisation in their own way, makes Chayn unique. As Dina rightly says, “We build the process to fit us, and we do not build ourselves to fit the process.”
Chayn was founded on May 20, 2013 by Hera Hussain. It began with only a handful of volunteers and is now shaping up to be a global organisation, with all kinds of people who bring to the table a variety of skills, experiences, information, wisdom, and most importantly, passion.
“From being born out of my own experience of being unable to find credible information online for women experiencing domestic abuse, Chayn has now evolved into an amazing space for all people, especially survivors,” reflects Hera.
“Coming from different walks of life, at Chayn, all of us are tirelessly working towards filling this gap, and have created a sisterhood backed by reliable information and support,” she added.
Kristin Mathiesen is one such example. Kristin, a survivor of domestic abuse herself, joined Chayn in March 2015. According to her, Chayn has helped her to not only build her confidence back, but also to believe in her own ideas and inputs.
“I can talk to people I’ve never met before on the other side of the world,” she says, “Chayn has really helped me recover and gain confidence after having been in an abusive relationship.”
It’s interesting to note that the organisation is still completely volunteer-run. “So much hard work goes into actively helping women around, it’s really impressive how organised the team is and how efficiently it works together, producing real world tools with global relevance,” says Lee Ball, Chayn volunteer.
Over the last four years, we have not only launched several guides on different aspects of women’s issues and have been part of several thrilling projects including the very recent Comic Relief funded Tech vs Abuse, but we have also developed dedicated chapters in India, Pakistan and Italy.
Claudia Torrisi has been a volunteer for Chayn Italia for months now. “When more and more people tell us how important, original and powerful this project is, you know you have achieved great things,” she says, “I know the effort that Chayn requires as we are all volunteers. But at the end of the day, I am very proud of what we’ve done.”
At Chayn, we have learned to be more aware of our strengths and weaknesses, shaping our strategy accordingly, and we are always looking forward to more exciting adventures.