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Meet the ECI Family: Faida

Posted on Jul 01, 2020

Souvent je vais m’asseoir dans le kiosque de Faida juste pour l’écouter interagir avec nos clients. Elle est l’un des visages d’Asili, car tout le monde peut voir son cœur.

Meet the ECI Family: Franck

Posted on Jul 01, 2020

‘Ce qui me rend fier, c’est que je conduis à la fois les riches et les pauvres, les Américains et les Congolais. Mon travail est un privilège qui me relie au monde.’

José Katumba Muyombo poses in a jacket with a shirt and bolo tie.

Meet the ECI Family: José

Posted on May 21, 2020

Je me suis senti heureux de travailler pour Asili pour plusieurs raisons, mais je vais citer une: grâce au projet Asili j’ai visité plusieurs pays dont les USA.

Meet the ECI Family: Maryline

Posted on May 21, 2020

Je fus toujours émue du progrès accomplis par ces partenaires après notre passage dans ces organisations.

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 7: You can still have joy

Posted on Apr 29, 2020

In DRC and other difficult places, where suffering is unavoidable, people find reasons to live with their suffering. I have seen people find the most sustaining reasons for living when living is hardest to bear.

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 5: Be powerful when you can, and help others be powerful too

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

It isn’t just health care professionals who have the opportunity to be powerful in this moment of crisis. Around the world, essential workers are building their own power every time they make a delivery, clean a toilet, or cook a meal. And in doing their work, these essential workers — like Georges, Pierre, and Dr. Johny — are giving the rest of us the power we need to get through the pandemic.

News from ECI, April 2020

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

As executive director of ECI, it gives me great pride to see that our teams in Congo are as committed as ever to serve their own people. Our programs are resilient, our staff is the best in the world, and our mission to serve the Congolese people is stronger than ever.

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 4: In a crisis, you learn what business you’re in

Posted on Apr 26, 2020

In a crisis that requires handwashing, clean water is indispensable. In a crisis that demands quarantine and medical treatment, clinics and clinicians are indispensable. If our businesses were to survive to serve our communities after the pandemic, we had to serve our communities during it — cost what it might. If you are in the position to make choices about whom to help during this disaster, be aware of what you are doing. How you use the power you have right now will clarify what business you are in. 

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 3: Survival builds expertise

Posted on Apr 25, 2020

Misfortune survived turns into expertise. When ECI began ten years ago, our founders, Ben Affleck and Whitney Williams, decided to invest in exactly that kind of expertise. Rather than parachuting into eastern Congo to set up well-meaning “programs,” the way most international humanitarian organizations do, Ben and Whitney realized that Congolese people were already solving the challenges they faced — with greater skill, wisdom and ingenuity than foreigners ever could.