The women we serve are currently facing renewed violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Our offices in eastern DRC are in the midst of increasing violence perpetrated by government forces and rebel militia.
For the safety of our staff and program participants alike, we have temporarily suspended our program operations in offices in Goma. All classes and trainings in those offices are paused at this time. We are monitoring the situation closely and are hopeful that once the violence subsides, we can safely resume operations and continue to help the women of the DRC as they recover and strive for peace.
Early reports suggest women are increasingly targets of rape and sexual assault. Also, an additional 140,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes, and civilians are at greater risk of being killed and assaulted.
What we know for certain is that once we re-open our program in these cities we will have even more women that need the lifeline that our program offers. Now, more than ever, we need the help of our sponsors and supporters to open their hearts to the women we serve. Here’s what you can do to help: