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ECI and partners bring new hope to survivors of landmine-related violence in eastern Congo

Posted on Feb 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

(Photos by Gerry Kahashy, ECI) In the Lake Kivu/Virunga National Park region of eastern Congo, landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) are a constant danger to coffee workers and their families. Indiscriminate as to their victims, mines and ERW have killed thousands of Congolese civilians. Children, especially, have been affected, accounting for more than three-quarters of victims in recent years. Beyond the tragic loss of life and limb, landmines undermine economic development. Often disabled, survivors are unable to return to work, especially in the labor-inten...

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Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Children, Economic Development, Education , Featured, Notes from the Field

Ben Affleck reflects on his tenth trip to Congo.

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

(Ben Affleck recently returned from a week long visit to eastern Congo. This was his tenth trip to the region. Sign up to the ECI newsletter for more updates.) Just back home from a listening and learning trip throughout rural eastern Congo. Seven years ago, I founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a grant making and advocacy organization, focused on investing directly in the Congolese people. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the opportunity to again return to Congo, seeing friends, visiting with longtime grantees, and some of our newest partners. Hard to believe t...

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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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