Our vision is the eradication of systemic poverty and violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Our mission is to empower women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo in their fight for safety, education, and economic independence.
Dina Tells Her Story
I am called Makongolo Dina. I am the third of six children. Our father died when we were young. We did not go to school, except my oldest brother who paid his own way. When I was at home, one of my sisters told me that there was a non-profit where you could study sewing. I wanted to do that. When I came here I could not read or write but now I have learned to read and write and I am learning to sew and making clothes for a five-year-old child.
I am not married but I have two children, a boy of six who is in first grade and a girl of eight who is in third. Their father is a policeman. (I had lots of problems; there were times when I did not have anything to eat for three days, and nothing to wear. That is how I got acquainted with a policeman.) Policemen are not well paid; he gets $40 or $50 a month so he does not have enough money to rent a house for his family, but he supports his two children. He brings some money for food, and sometimes to buy clothes for the children. When he receives his salary he pays their school fees.
I like to sew because in the future that will allow me to support myself. If I have my work, I will not wander here and there, or prostitute myself to have a little money. I will be able to take charge of my life myself.
We are inspired by the courage of women in Congo. We are moved by the horrific conditions in which they struggle to survive and provide for their families. We have seen the ways that a small group of Congolese women in Kinshasa have made changes in their own lives. We celebrate the vision that leads them to empower others through their non-profit “Woman, Cradle of Abundance,” and its spreading ripples of hope and dignity. We celebrate the courage that enables “the CENEDI” center in Uvira to reach out to girls and women surviving rape as a weapon of war.
Who are we? Their North American friends and partners. We are cheerleaders and fundraisers, to share their story and help provide means for them to continue to reach out to the most destitute girls and women. They aim to teach and empower the marginalized to take charge of their own lives, and there are many success stories. There is also desperate need; as each young girl, each mother, each widow, reaches the goal of self-determination and self-support, another battered, abandoned, illiterate one appears. Our partners cannot do it alone so we are privileged to help.
On the stairs to success there are three essential steps: safety, education, economic self-sufficiency. We support safety: food and clothing for the destitute, medical help for those living with HIV/AIDS and survivors of rape, refuge from violence and counseling for trauma. We support education: literacy for girls and women, schooling for children and youth, teaching about human rights and women’s rights. We support economic empowerment: marketable skills, financial literacy, income-generating activities.
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