Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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 […]
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 […]
Posted on Jul 24, 2017
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 […]
Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Gender equality is going viral in Congo “We must not stop. We must continue to report the news. We must continue to raise awareness.” – Elian Polepole, Mama Radio. Every morning the journalists of ECI partner Mama Radio – a DRC radio station – gather their editorial board together to review the day’s docket of […]
Posted on May 01, 2016
For the past 13 years, ECI partner KISANY has changed the lives of African women by providing skills training and work. In helping these women achieve financial independence, KISANY gives them control over their lives and a secure place in their community.
Posted on Mar 15, 2016
“Thirty years ago, the idea of a Congolese woman moving to the United States with her family for a fellowship program would have been an unimaginable dream."
Posted on Jan 05, 2016
How promoting positive masculinity can prevent violence.
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.
Posted on Oct 30, 2015
When the Congolese Association Standing Proud in Goma celebrated the opening of their brand new Cyber Café, ECI was invited to see first-hand the success of the space we helped fund!
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 […]