I have hand-picked a few of my favourite not-for-profit organisations that work to promote peace, security and justice. All should be encouraged and supported in their contribution in empowering and re-building the lives of Congolese people and their local communities.
N.B. The names of the organisations have been writen in alphabetical order and not by order of preference.
A Thousand Sisters is ‘a grassroots effort aimed at empowering everyday women and men to become extraordinary leaders in the movement to end violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and prevent mass atrocities worldwide‘.
Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) is founded by Hollywood actor Ben Affleck and ‘is the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo’.
It provides grants and support to local community-focused organisations which are playing a key role in providing assistance , services and resources in the long-troubled region.
Enough Project is ‘designed to create a permanent constituency of citizens able to act against genocide, war crimes, mass atrocities and ethnic cleansing. The Project’s work is a mix of field-based analysis and policy recommendations mixed with advocacy efforts designed to engage the public.’
What I like most about the project is its ability to denounce the root causes of the conflict. As mentioned on their website, Enough wants to create noise and action both to stop ongoing atrocities and to prevent their recurrence. Our mission is to help people from every walk of life understand the practical actions they can take to make a difference.
Georges Malaika Foundation (GMF) is ‘dedicated to the advancement of African communities by providing educational opportunities to young girls, ages 5 to 18’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their foremost goal is to tackle illiteracy amongst girls by providing an elementary curriculum focused in mathematics and reading for the primary school girls. Once completed, they will move on to a secondary program where they will acquire more advanced academic and vocational skills, after each girl has successfully grasped the basics. (source taken from http://www.allforafrica.org/programs/)
I have been following GMF for the passed two years and can only commend them for pushing through the hurdles successfully. GMF is based in New York.
Run for Congo Women is ‘a grassroots run/walk that has grown into a global movement and is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting Women for Women International’s Congo Program’.
Save The Congo (StC) is ‘an independent, not-for-profit organisation staffed by a team of Congolese students and young professionals advocating the restoration of human rights as well as promoting the restoration of peace, security and justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ‘. I cannot praise StC enough for their phenomenal efforts at raising awareness of the attrocities happening in the DRC. Even more so; being students means that they are great role models for their peers. They are based in London.
Special Envoy Now is a movement not to be reckoned with! I found them a couple of days ago on facebook. Here is how they describe their cause:
Special Envoy Now! A Virtual March on Washington
Join our virtual march on Washington for Congo calling on President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes Region, NOW! In the wake of the new rape statistics that suggest that more than 1,000 Congolese women are raped every day, action must be taken—your help will a difference.
Join this movement on Facebook by ‘liking’ the page where further instructions are provided on how you can help. All it takes is a picture of yourself with a message.
V-DAY is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery. (Taken from their website).
I have been in love with V-Day ever since it walked into my life. They are outstanding.
The Girl Effect does not focus on the DRC but I just love the work that they do. Read on..
Company overview: The Girl Effect is the potential of 600 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world. It’s an untapped force in the fight against poverty, and it’s driven by champions around the globe: the Nike Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the UN Foundation, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, CARE, Plan, the Population Council, ICRW and the Center for Global Development – and many others.
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