I hope your week has started well :)! This post is about #YellowSunday and is a plea to all my Congolese friends and those who consider themselves friends of the DRCongo. #YellowSunday (which was yesterday) is organised by a group of Congolese and let by the NGO Save The Congo. It is intended to raise money for girls’education in the DRCongo. The campaign aims to raise GBP 100,000 to train women as nurses by reaching 10,000 people who will each donate GBP 10 each. If keen, click on the link (here) for your generous donation.
Here’s why this matters
- DRCongo has one of the highest rates in the world in terms of rape statistics (48 women are raped every hour)
- Rape is being used as a weapon of war to displace entire communities. In the words of Dr Mukwege‘s one of Congo’s most popular activists and Doctor, “women and girls are particularly targeted by the use of sexual violence, including as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instil fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or an ethnic group.”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/rape-congo-doctor-denis-mukwegehttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/rape-congo-doctor-denis-mukwege
Other charities you might be interested in supporting
- Panzi hospital, which supports women victim of rape in war zones & created by Dr Mukwege (treated over 40,000 raped women)
- Malaika Foundation. Created by model and Philanthropist Noella Coursaris-a foundation which aims to empower young girls on the street through education
- Les Amis de Kimbondo: This one is particularly close to my heart as some of my family members volunteer there. All the monies donated supports the necessities, which means there is nothing left for things such as nice clothes, toys and/or soccer balls
Thank you in advance for those who will either share this article with their network and/or donate. A peaceful and prosperous Congo in our lifetime is possible if we all do our bit.
Until my next post
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