Thanks to your generous contributions, the Eastern Congo Initiative has raised nearly $15,000 on GlobalGiving.org in the last year. On our site, the funds raised by this project support six different organizations in the DRC: Association des Femmes des Media du Sud Kivu (AFEM), Children's Voice, Green House Bunia / PPAS-RDC, Laissez Afrique Vivre (LAV), Synergie des Femmes (SFVS), and Yole! Africa.
Although many individuals and communities have been helped by these organizations, I thought it would be nice to share a specific story from a beneficiary of one of them. Children's Voice's program in Goma serves 384 children by providing education and a generally safe and healthy environment. One child who has benefitted from their trainings and school materials stated,
"After my parents died in the war in 2004, I came in Goma and stayed in street. Now I am happy to be at school. I will learn to read and to write. I will send a letter to the president Obana, I keep what I will tell him. I was lost. I thank Children Voice and those who have a big heart for helping me to have a new life."