Have you ever seen a child take its first steps? Those wobbly, wide-eyed, arms-in-the-air steps that propel them from babyhood into the rest of their life? Imagine being a young parent in Beni, cautiously watching your first child take their first steps on the swept-clean dirt floor of your cement-brick… Read More
Please take a moment to read these stories of transformation and see why the work of Congo Initiative matters.
Congolese women and children bear the brunt of the crippling effects of hundreds of years of colonialism, war, and exploitation. Socio-cultural norms that favor patriarchy exacerbate poverty, domestic abuse, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Violence against women has sadly increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, limited… Read More
Originally from Uganda, Rhéa Lutala (‘20) was nervous when her family first arrived in Beni in 2016. The schools she attended used English as the primary language of instruction. But she was excited when she heard about Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) and decided to enroll in the communications… Read More
When Bethesda Counseling Center Director, Noé Kasali, was driving home one day, he saw three kids selling baskets on the side of the road. Noé stopped to purchase a basket for his home. As he spoke with the kids, he asked them where they were from. They responded, “We are… Read More
Ginette recently graduated from UCBC’s Agribusiness program. She now works with MAVUNO, a nonprofit that is pioneering a model of grassroots agribusiness development in Congo. As a consultant, Ginetteworks with farmers and trains them in agribusiness practices. Ginette dreams of establishing her own business that will specialize in training Congolese… Read More
“I came to understand that when God decides to bless you, no one can block what He has decided.” These words from Kavira Matofali Mélanie serve as a reminder of God’s sovereignty and grace. Kavira is a student in the Electronic Engineering department of Applied Sciences at UCBC. As one… Read More
We are excited to share an insightful panel discussion about the Ebola outbreak and the Bethesda Counseling Center. Bethesda’s director Noé Kasali and Bethesda beneficiaries participated in a symposium facilitated by Glasscock Center and Scowcraft Institute of International Affairs Texas A&M University. The Symposium, The Long-term Impacts of Pandemics: Ongoing… Read More