Project Further is a fundraising and awareness-raising initiative, working to empower women to stand up over their own feet, express themselves and have a voice. It is about breaking glass ceilings, and showing by example that as women we are capable of things we never dreamed of being able to do. It is about achieving equality for everyone.
It is envisaged that although this initiative will start in the Cayman Islands, that it will expand around the Caribbean, encouraging women to be empowered.
But, to start, the first project is to raise $1 million to build a new safe shelter for the victims of domestic violence in the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre currently has a shelter that is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom home that is not fit for purpose and not nearly big enough to accommodate the number of clients that are seeking assistance. In December 2018, they housed a record 36 clients. This is cramped quarters for a place that is supposed to promote peace and healing.
To this end, Denise Gower (owner/CEO of Fountainhead and chair of the board of directors of the Crisis Centre) will hike the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, starting March 2020 and completing sometime around the end of September 2020.