Featured, Success Stories

Changing Lives Through Basketball

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Dario Merlo Sport can teach life values and build the foundations of a successful society. I passionately believe that the same skills that allow you to succeed on the sports field – team spirit, hard work, composure and sharing – allow you to succeed in life. This is all the more true for basketball. With just five players from your team on the court, you have to be a team player if you want to succeed. Through basketball coaching, we harness the dynamic impact that sports can have on children and build responsible citizens and future leaders. We also p...

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Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Children, Featured

We Came Back with Empty Hands

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Felicien Maisha As a nurse at HEAL Africa hospital in Goma, I experienced the human consequences of war on a daily basis. Vulnerable populations, including women and children, have been disproportionately affected by the fighting in eastern Congo. I saw children as young as seven years old pass through the hospital, often suffering from physical injuries and mental illness as a result of their experiences as child soldiers. I joined Eastern Congo Initiative last year to address and better understand the underlying factors that make children vulnerable to recruitment...

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Featured, Success Stories

Vibrant arts festival in eastern Congo

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Sekombi Katondolo Speaking to my friends living abroad over the Christmas period, many were surprised to hear that I spent December watching rap battles, acrobats and fire-eaters in Goma – a city most people tend to associate more with conflict and poverty. Around a month ago, we launched the Buzz Art Festival – a week-long celebration of local talent in arts and culture. With a series of music concerts, modern and traditional dance classes, and art exhibitions, we sought to promote and support some of the incredibly talented young artists here in easter...

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ECI’s exciting new partnerships

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Paul Fagan 2014 looks set to be another exciting year at Eastern Congo Initiative. Since assuming the role of Executive Director five months ago I’ve already witnessed much of the extraordinary work being undertaken by our partners in eastern Congo. We provide grants to Congolese community-based organizations working effectively to create new opportunities for the people of eastern Congo. ECI supports innovative programs that address local needs with locally identified solutions. As the New Year begins, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to EC...

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