Monthly Archives: November 2011

Huffington Post highlights CTA!

The Huffington Post highlighted Care Through Action for one of it’s top 10 best charities this Christmas! Where your donation will go the farthest in doing good…

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November newsletter

The momentum at Care Through Action continues into the fall after our positive press in Oprah’s O Magazine (also picked up by CNN) and the appointment of a few
new board members to assist our fundraising and marketing initiatives over the coming months.

Visit anytime to make a donation or purchase Alissa’s award winning photography of the DRC. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to help women in the DRC rebuild their lives. A donation of just $10 will provide HIV testing for 5 victims of violence.

Our executive director Alissa Everett recently returned from another trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. While in the DRC, security restrictions kept Alissa from visiting the Care Through Action sponsored safe houses, but the head of the Wamama Simameni safe house project, Modestine, has provided a report detailing their progress.

Over the last year, Wamama Simameni, in partnership with CTA, built a safe house, organized the training of two successive groups of women in baking, soap making, embroidery and other vocational skills, trained 60 women in the management of small shops, and conducted interviews with local leaders on human rights issues.

Modestine reported that the sexual violence in the North Kivu region, where the CTA sponsored safe houses operate, continues to escalate with men being regularly targeted as well as women. It is clear that our steadfast support is needed as innocent citizens of the DRC continue to be violently victimized.

Some exciting news: our partner HEAL Africa was one of three recipients of the $1 million 2011 Opus Prize for its work building safe houses in the DRC. The founder of HEAL
Africa, Lyn Lusi, came to meet with our board in San Francisco. It was an amazing experience to speak with a woman who has devoted her life to helping those in need, and CTA thanks her for her tireless, impactful efforts to right some of the terrible inequities plaguing the DRC.

Visit CTA’s website to see how else your donations can help.  CTA also now offers the option of monthly recurring donations and corporate matching.

Thank you for your continued support of all our efforts!

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HEAL Africa’s Lyn Lusi wins the $1million OPUS Prize

Care Through Action’s partner in the Congo – HEAL Africa has been awarded a $1million prize for their work helping women and children rebuild their lives.

Lyn Lusi, co-founder and director of HEAL, was honored for her work in the DRC.

“She came to the Congo (formerly Zaire) from England in 1971 as a teacher with the Baptist Missionary Society. In 1974, she fell in love and married a Congolese physician, Dr. Kasereka M. “Jo” Lusi, and worked in school and hospital administration in Congo for the next 19 years.  After earning her master’s degree in Human Resource Development and Training, Lyn and Dr. Jo founded HEAL Africa, bringing her formidable administrative, program and people skills to the survivors of violence and rape in the DRC.  In 2002, when a volcano destroyed the original hospital, the couple rebuilt HEAL Africa’s medical facility one wing at a time.

HEAL Africa medical staff provide maternal care, treat individuals with HIV/AIDS, specialize in orthopedic surgery for children with club feet, but are probably best known for fistula repair for women.  The hospital also trains doctors and nurses in various specialties.  The hospital is one of only three referral hospitals in all of Congo, and comprises 20 percent of the work of HEAL Africa; 80 percent of the organization’s efforts are focused in communities throughout the North Kivu and Maniema provinces.”


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CNN article – Giving up finance for photojournalism…

CNN recently featured Alissa’s article from O Magazine (Oprah’s Magazine). The article details how Alissa gave up her economically lucrative career in finance to pursue her dreams of being a photojournalist and helping those less fortunate… A reminder to live your dreams and don’t give up until you find your true passion!

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