Thank you for supporting this life changing project these past few years. Your kind gifts have touched many lives and will continue to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
As a peacebuilding organisation working directly with local people, we need to be reactive and adaptive to the wants and needs of our partners. This means that sometimes we need to switch things up – especially when they tell us that their needs are changing. That’s why we’re winding down this project. To focus on the immediate, evolving needs of our local partners around the world.
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By Oscar Lester | Fundraising and Engagement Officer
Ida at home (Representative)
Thanks to your support, we can continue our vital work with women overcoming the odds and building businesses in the midst of war. Women like Ida: a 33 year old from north-eastern DR Congo. This is her story.
During a brutal attack upon where she was living, Ida was forced to flee. She walked for miles from her home, leaving everything she had behind. She eventually arrived at a refugee camp, where she was given some help, but was eventually left alone to beg. She didn't know whether she and her family would be able to survive.
But her luck soon changed. She was given a $60 loan by Peace Direct's local partner in north-eastern DR Congo, CRC, with which she bought a goat, and set herself up selling cassava. In a short time, she had made enough money to pay back her loan. She was able to start a new life in a new village, safer from violence and no longer on the brink of survival.
Now, she has three goats and some land, and is working towards building a new house for herself and her family. That small $60 loan has ensured that she and her family can have a stable, prosperous future.
A further donation of £75 pounds today could help fund valuable business training for up to 50 Congolese women, whilst a generous £100 donation could pay for up to five acres of arable land in north-eastern DR Congo – upon which a local woman like Ida would be able to rebuild her life in the wake of war. With your support, we can provide more opportunities to women like Ida, and help them to build peace in their communities. Thank you.
Thanks to your support, we can continue our vital work with women building businesses in warzones. Women like Josephine, a woman from North Kivu in the DR Congo; who overcame the odds to build a business for herself and peace within her community. This is her story.
Josephine was living on a farm in the north-eastern town of Butembo, DRC when her land was seized and her husband was murdered by rebel fighters. Josephine was sent into exile.
She joined the rival Burondo group to seek revenge for her husband and spent 6 years fighting in the bush.
However, when the militia began to recruit children into their ranks, Josephine knew she needed to escape. In 2011, Centre Resolution Conflicts – a local partner of Peace Direct – approached her militia with the promise of a new life outside of fighting. Josephine left and joined CRC.
She now works as a liaison to other militias, negotiating the release of child soldiers by using her specialist knowledge acquired from years of fighting.
Her home functions as a half-way house for child soldiers that have escaped. Following months of work and skills-training, Josephine ensures they are safely integrated back into their communities. They now have a chance at a new job and a new life. By donating to this project, you are helping women like Josephine to contribute towards the health, safety, and peacefulness of their communities.
A further generous donation of just £75 pounds today could help fund valuable business training for up to 50 Congolese women, whilst a £100 donation could pay for up to five acres of arable land in North Kivu – upon which a remarkable local woman like Josephine would be able to rebuild her life in the wake of war. With your support, we can provide more opportunities to women like Josephine, and help them to build peace in their communities. Thank you.
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