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

Posted on Feb 02, 2018

(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 […]

Ben Affleck reflects on his tenth trip to Congo.

Posted on Sep 01, 2017

(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 […]

Educating the Future Leaders of Congo

Posted on Dec 08, 2015

By Bismack Biyombo Statistics on education in the DRC are not encouraging, but I am confident that smart investments can help the country’s youth create a brighter future.

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 […]

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.

A field visit to Orientale

Posted on May 09, 2012

ECI’s Research & Outreach Officer, Leon Nkundwa, recently spend 15 days assessing and conducting due diligence on four potential ECI partners working in this remote region often threatened by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)

May is for Mothers

Posted on May 02, 2012

Being a mother isn’t easy. From the moment of conception, that child’s health, well-being, safety, and happiness, are paramount in the heart and mind of their mother.