Our Vision: The eradication of systemic poverty and violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Our Mission: To empower women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in their fight against violence and poverty through education, counseling, medical and support services, and economic independence.

Salome's Story

Salome* is a student in the sewing school who was orphaned as a young girl. She went to live with relatives but there was never enough to eat, much less to pay for school; sometimes she went hungry for three days. She turned to a boyfriend for help and became pregnant; she now has two small children. Their father has encouraged her to go back to school and finish her education, but that requires money. In the military camp where she lives wth her aunt, Salome heard about the sewing school. At first she did not want to come, because she thought it was a trade school catering for less intelligent people who do not have formal education. When she agreed to try it, she discovered that it took much more intelligence than she thought; she had to work hard. Salome is delighted to be making clothes for herself now. She has self-confidence; she will be able to support her children and is determined not to get involved with a man again until she freely chooses that. She is building a good life, which she also wants to share by inviting her little sister to join in this education.

* name changed.

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