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UPDATE! The Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance chosen as a finalist in the P3 Impact Awards

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

UPDATE! On July 23rd the Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance was chosen as a finalist in the P3 Impact Awards. Click here to read the article from the US Department of State's website. The Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance: Helping farmers in eastern DRC regain lost ground In 2013, while fleeing fighting between DRC government forces and rebel groups in Masisi, Venancie Nyirazoba survived a bomb explosion that killed her husband and three of her nine children. Her leg was badly injured in the attack and had to be amputated. "This incident completely changed my life. I was left alone and ...

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Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Children, Economic Development, Education , Featured, Notes from the Field, Peace and Reconciliation, Success Stories

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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Economic Development, Featured, Notes from the Field, Success Stories

How YOU can support the Congolese people

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Congolese are hard at work creating a peaceful and prosperous nation – and you can help! From Congolese community-based organizations to an emerging coffee and cocoa sector, below are a few excellent ways to lend a hand to this deserving nation. Eat chocolate, drink coffee, support Congolese farmers! Congolese farmers have fertile land and generations of farming experience. After decades of decline from instability and disease, ECI has helped get farming communities back on their feet and doing what they do best – producing world class coffee and cocoa...

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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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Economic Development, Education , Featured, Notes from the Field, Rape and Sexual Violence, Success Stories

Meet ECI's Congolese Partners for Progress

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

At ECI, we believe a robust and stable civil society is the bedrock of social and economic progress. In practice that means we support a wide range of Congolese organizations providing essential services to the citizens of Congo. From social justice to education to journalism, below are just a few of our brave and hardworking Congolese partners. To learn more about all of the organizations that ECI supports, click here! AFEM's Mama Radio: Bringing women's voices and perspective to Congo's airwaves. "In my country there are people who sill live in ignorance and have a g...

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