Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, 285,000 people were displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sadly, several women in our safehouse program suffered greatly.
The rebel group M23, which has been found guilty of “summary executions, rapes, and forced recruitment,” took over the city of Goma and displaced thousands. As a result, children are orphaned or separated from their families. Many are now homeless and vulnerable to disease, sexual violence, and forced military enlistment.
Words from Goma:
“We hid in our homes for three days with the sounds of gunfire and bombs. It was terrifying. The staff at the hospital and emergency room couldn’t reach their families or find food to eat. There was no running water or electricity, no open schools or stores. The fighting was very close to our houses in Ndosho and Buhimba and the women there have been terribly traumatized. For them, the greatest gift would be occupation. Sewing, weaving baskets and gardening gives them income and hope. We also have urgent needs to help the women of Kibumba and Rutshuru who are displaced and in the camps.”
In the month of December, our goal is to raise $8,000 for our Safehouse Project. These safehouses will provide hundreds of women with counseling, medical referrals and essential materials to help them rebuild their lives.
But we can’t do it alone; we need your help. Please go to our Crowdrise campaign to make a donation today!
By registering and donating you are directly supporting Congolese women and children. An added bonus of donating now is a prize being offered by Firefox, who is donating $100,000 to charities that raise the most money before Jan 10, 1st place wins $50,000 (second place $30k, third place $20k). The Firefox Challenge ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern on January 10, 2013.
Thank you and very Happy Holidays to you and your family!