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I just returned from an eye-opening trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I visited Exposing Hope’s four safe houses and met with the women and our partner HEAL Africa; and with the increase in violence, also reported on the situation of displaced Congolese in Rwanda and in and around Goma. The impact of this violence has been devastating to the region, and the women and children suffer most.
Some of the women I met with were safe at the houses, others had been displaced, but all shared stories of what impact Exposing Hope’s houses have made in their lives, the lives of their children and their community. Having a place to go to meet other women with the same challenges, learning to overcome obstacles and take away practical skills gives them hope and makes me realize how important our efforts are in each women’s lives.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the continuing violence in the DRC, and the sad, systematic use of rape as a strategy of war. With the help of the efforts of the Exposing Hope’s funding, over 200 women have significantly changed the course of their life and the lives of their children.
PLEASE JOIN US IN SAN FRANCISCO
Tuesday October 23rd
BE THERE: THE CONGO
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I am inviting you to make a difference for the women and girls of the Congo who have been victimized, ostracized by their communities and are desperate for a helping hand. Please join me for an exhibition of my images from the DRC in San Francisco and in making a financial contribution to help these women. Even a small donation will make a difference. Attending this event, you will learn how even a small donation that goes directly in the hands of the local communities can make a life changing difference. Through photos and awareness, you will learn more about the issues and how you can help.
Recent fighting and budget cuts in Goma, a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, have left many rape victims without access to life-saving medical care. Please join our emergency fundraising campaign by making a gift of $50 or more.
Help us give as much aid as we can to these women by asking everyone in your community to show their support. Our goal is to raise $7,500 to provide invaluable post-exposure medical care to recent victims of sexual violence in Goma.