Educate 60+ Vulnerable Children in DR Congo

by Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO) Vetted since 2015


For the marginalized and remote village of Rwenena (Ruh-NENN-uh), eastern DRC, this Rwenena Kids program of SAFECO currently provides tuition, uniforms, and school supplies for 90 students. To provide more student support at home, we are adding women's literacy to our program. Another new component for 2018 is a leadership program for adolescent girls. Community outreach for men and women alike emphasizes the importance of education for all and sensitization training on their rights.

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In DRC, 1 of 4 children never attend primary school. Only 60% complete this level-30% for girls because educating boys takes priority. Income generation for paying school fees has been rare. Vulnerable children need extra support because many of them are rejected, abandoned, or stigmatized due to social status, ethnic origin, gender, physical disabilities, and more. Rwenena is a community that has held ethnic-based prejudices leading to conflict and needs healing and reconciliation.


Our core education program provides 91 children and youth with confidence- and capacity-building education. Some mothers are starting to contribute to their daughters' school fees & have decreased their children's chores to increase study time. Literacy training for mothers helps boost children's chances for success in the classroom. Community sensitization demonstrates human rights for all, including women and girls and those with diverse ethnicities, abilities, and social statuses.

Long-Term Impact

Students gain confidence and improve their scores in this program's accepting & encouraging environment. With literacy training, mothers are better positioned to begin income-generating activities. Over time, parents will be equipped to pay for their children's school costs. Our leadership training component for adolescent girls provides a new generation of leaders who can impart and encourage learning and new initiatives across the community and beyond.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


DRC low education rate, by Gordon Brown
Description of Global Goal #4: Education for All

Organization Information

Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO)

Location: Bukavu, South Kivu Province - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
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Twitter: @MamanShujaa
Project Leader:
Annette Scarpitta
Bukavu, South Kivu Province Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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