TrustAfrica

TrustAfrica is a public foundation that strives to secure the conditions for democratic governance and equitable development throughout the continent. Led by Africans, we convene dialogues, award grants, and provide technical assistance to advance these goals.
Aug 31, 2011

See how your support has helped rape survivors in the DRC

TrustAfrica has just released a documentary about its Enhancing Women's Dignity project, which seeks to stop gender violence and increase women's political participation in seven French-speaking countries in Central and West Africa.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TrustAfrica#p/a/u/0/eUXzS-Elnfs

Much of the film was shot on location in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it documents activities led by our partner and grantee, HEAL Africa. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to augment our initial grant to HEAL Africa with an additional $5,000 in private contributions.

We invite you to watch this video and meet some of the remarkable women and communities whom your donations are assisting. We thank you again for your support.

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May 12, 2011

Thanks – You did it!

Dear Supporters,

Thanks to each of you, we have reached the ambitious goal we set for our HEAL Africa campaign. Since the campaign began, we have raised exactly $5,000 from individual donors to support HEAL Africa's work in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Building on the $13,490 grant that TrustAfrica made to HEAL Africa last fall, your generous support will enable hundreds of additional rape survivors to find safety and begin to recover from the traumatic experiences they have endured.

We are writing now to see if you would like to be acknowledged in TrustAfrica's next annual report as one of the donor's to our HEAL Africa campaign. To opt-in, please forward this email to reardon@trustafrica.org and specify how you would like your name to be listed. (Note that we need to hear from you by May 31.) By listing your names, we hope to inspire others to follow your lead and contribute to future campaigns for TrustAfrica and its grantees.

To stay informed about our work, and learn about our other grantees, you can friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our quarterly electronic newsletter, TrustAfrica Now.

Thank you once again for helping us reach our goal!

Mar 29, 2011

Ben Affleck, HEAL Africa and you!

As someone who supports the work of HEAL Africa, you should know that the world is taking notice of the vital work that our partners are doing in Goma. Please see the following updates from HEAL Africa:

Message from the Director:

Ben Affleck and Cindy McCain team up to bring attention to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Click the following links to see their visit to DR Congo and HEAL Africa on ABC News and Nightline which both aired on Monday, March 7, and their Good Morning America appearance on March 8.

March News from Goma!

This morning I was walking through the HEAL Africa hospital and saw so many women in various stages of healing. In fact, one woman came back to ask for a job today. She'd come for an operation and was a patient for long enough to learn to read and write. I also talked with one of the counselors who came to the office to withdraw funds to send women back to their homes after they've healed. I saw the list of their names, their villages, and their thumbprints. These women hadn't been here long enough to learn to read.

I pointed at one name and asked the counselor, "What's her story?". That woman had arrived with prolapses and very high blood pressure, and she had to receive treatment to get her blood pressure down before she could withstand surgery. She spent 8 months here and in the process learned to make soap and doughnuts. She's now going home with a Fresh Start Kit to start up her own business at home.

Yesterday, I visited some women making clay inserts for more fuel-efficient stoves. They are grandmothers in the Muslim community who are supporting their grandchildren who were orphaned by HIV. They are learning new skills that will produce income to help feed these children and keep them in school. HEAL Africa has been working with all faith groups to prevent HIV, prevent sexual violence, and give people tools to improve their lives.

Thank you so much for your support. As I'm here in eastern DR Congo, I can see the difference it's making and hope you'll continue to join in supporting the amazing work being done here.