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Challenging injustice for vulnerable women

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

By Claudine Tsongo ‘Without justice, we will never move forward in Congo. Without accountability and the rule of law, the Congolese people – and above all, Congolese women – will never be able to realize their full potential.’  I’m a lawyer and I’ve seen first-hand how Congolese women, particularly those from rural areas, are disadvantaged and […]

Amplifying women’s voices in Congo

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

By Chouchou Namegabe ‘Women’s rights are human rights. The fundamental liberties of women must be respected and defended, both in Congo and around the world. When those rights are violated, we all have a responsibility to be bold and to reject inequality.’ Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo face enormous challenges. Many are forced […]

We Came Back with Empty Hands

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

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 […]

Vibrant arts festival in eastern Congo

Posted on Feb 24, 2014

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 […]

ECI’s exciting new partnerships

Posted on Jan 30, 2014

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 […]

Chocolate’s transformative potential for eastern Congo

Posted on Nov 28, 2013

By Baraka Kasali The Democratic Republic of Congo was once considered the breadbasket of central Africa, but due to war and insecurity the production of crops and farmer livelihoods have declined. Investment in creating income-generating opportunities is the fastest and most sustainable way to lift the Congolese people out of the cycle of poverty. Nearly […]

ECI Signs Girl Declaration to Support Education for Girls in DRC

Posted on Oct 11, 2013

Today, on the International Day of the Girl, Eastern Congo Initiative is delighted to sign on to the Girl Declaration – a call to action to put girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda, asking world leaders to urgently address the plight of the 250 million girls worldwide who currently live in poverty and face discrimination.

ECI Partner Dr. Denis Mukwege Nominated for 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Panzi Hospital’s inspirational founder and medical director, Dr. Denis Mukwege, has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, with the results to be announced tomorrow, October 11 in Oslo. Dr. Mukwege has been a leading advocate for women’s rights in eastern Congo for decades, and has provided treatment to over 30,000 Congolese women who have been raped or attacked.

ECI Hosts U.S. Senate Delegation in Goma

Posted on Aug 25, 2013

Today in Goma, Eastern Congo Initiative hosted the largest delegation of U.S. Senators ever to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The delegation was led by Senators Lindsey Graham, the ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations, and included Senators Saxby Chambliss, Roy Blunt, John Thune, Mike Johanns and John Barrasso.  While in Goma, Senator Graham also sat down with ECI grantee Mutaani FM for an exclusive interview on his impressions from the visit and his hopes for the region.