Restore health and dignity of 150 Congolese women

by TrustAfrica

Summary

The project provides survivors of rape and gender violence in the eastern DRC with comprehensive services that help women find safety and start to heal their bodies, souls and minds.
$5,000
total goal
$0
remaining
89
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

Rape is one of the most powerful weapons deployed in the prolonged conflict in the eastern DRC. It not only damages bodies but also tears apart lives and communities. For women and girls who survive, medical assistance is critical but rarely sufficient. Long-term recovery also requires a safe space where women start to heal their bodies, minds and souls. HEAL Africa, which has provided care for 15,000 women and girls since 1996, provides comprehensive services to survivors of gender violence.

Solution

With 300 counselors, HEAL Africa runs 28 community houses (Wamama Simameni, or Women Stand Up Together) in North Kivu and Maniema where survivors go after surgery for food, shelter, psychosocial support, economic assistance and cultural activities.

Long-Term Impact

Guided by artists and facilitators, women learn to externalize their pain and speak freely with peers about the social problems they face. They also discuss women’s rights and their role in the peace process, gaining tools to build social stability.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.trustafrica.org
HEAL Africa's "Heal My People" project
TrustAfrica's work on women and gender
TrustAfrica's blog about gender issues (in French)

Organization Information

TrustAfrica

Location: Dakar-Fann, - - Senegal
Website: http:/​/​www.trustafrica.org
TrustAfrica
Project Leader:
Rose Maruru
Dakar, - Senegal

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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