Benedicte, leader of Girl Ambassadors for Peace
The mothers of eastern Congo – and those in the vulnerable and extremely remote village of Rwenena – lead challenging lives, which can include struggles against violence, ill health, lack of food, and more. They have had little if any education, which is customarily cut short by being forced to marry young or by becoming pregnant through sexual violence. These women are typically very strong and resilient in spirit. Unfortunately, most are resigned to their lack of literacy and numeracy once they become mothers. Instead, they aim to provide an education for their children.
But the Girl Ambassadors for Peace program works to change this notion. These young women are committed to and passionate about providing literacy and numeracy training to 45 mothers in Rwenena, ranging from ages 15 to 50. The ambassadors present material in engaging, encouraging, and impactful ways. The training allows the mothers to start small businesses to generate family income. This is a thrilling, life-changing prospect for the new student mothers.
As the leader of Girl Ambassadors for Peace, Benedicte Bulangalire observes, "In my community, women don’t know and enjoy their rights and I’m very concerned about that situation. Among the many difficulties women face are a lack of maternal health services, no access to basic education, and being at great risk of gender-based violence. Our objective as Girl Ambassadors for Peace is to teach women about their rights and especially the right to education."
Please support our Girl Ambassadors so they can continue to provide these critical services to the mothers of Rwenena.
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Mothers usually bring babies in tow everywhere.
Literacy and numeracy training
Mothers learn about rights through skits.