The conflict that engulfed Congo in the late 1990’s and still continues today in areas of eastern Congo has led to widespread suffering and exploitation of Congolese women, many of whom have been victims of rape and sexual violence.
Even in peacetime, Congolese women are often regarded as inferior to men. Girls are passed over for boys when families must choose which of their children they can afford to send to school.
Left without an education or options for gainful employment, many are forced to turn to prostitution and other forms of exploitative labor in order to provide for their families.
Through our Center for Holistic Family Development (CHFD), we serve at-risk Congolese women, training them in sewing, baking, and literacy, and empowering them to earn a livelihood that will provide a better life for themselves and their families–one marked by hope and opportunity, rather than despair and poverty.
Additionally, we providing counseling services for the women through the use of a trained psychologist. The trauma and hardships they have endured have left deep emotional, psychological, and spiritual scars. Our work is to bring healing and comfort to the women, along with a renewed sense of their identity as beautiful and strong, created in the image of God, women with value and purpose.