Project #83 | Gender Based Violence Prevention in the DRC
Our partnership with World Relief
World Relief Congo is mobilizing local churches to prevent gender based violence and also to care for women, who are survivors, lessening the stigma associated with rape. Our staff mobilizes churches so they can then assist women as they reintegrate into communities. We also help churches engage these women as they join income generating groups such as micro-savings or agricultural projects. World Relief also works closely with schools, government representatives, traditional leaders and military leaders to raise awareness and change attitudes towards women.
We will be working with World Relief to provide medical, psychological, and economic support to women who are survivors of sexual violence. The project aims to mobilize local churches to prevent further gender-based violence and care for women survivors. The project will also provide group counseling services and opportunities for income.
We understand that gender inequality and the stigma of rape are deeply embedded in cultural norms and attitudes, but we believe this can be changed by working closely with schools, community leaders, and local churches. Women’s empowerment is a core belief at ODW and we are committed to standing with these women in the Congo.
TOTAL WOMEN IMPACTED
Wimana Dansira is a mother of seven children and a survivor of a sexual attack. She suffered greatly from a fistula that resulted from the rape. Wimana tried repeatedly to collect enough money to get the medical attention she need, but she was too poor and found herself falling into deep depression.
Life changed for Womana when she heard about a World Relief program at Gesom Hospital for victims of sexual violence who were in need of fistula repair surgeries. Although she desperately wanted this medical care, signing up for this procedure took a great deal of courage because of social stigma associated with this condition.
Her operation took place recently and she is recovering well. Her courage, spirit and energy are inspirational. She recently told World Relief staff, “My children are supporting me here by helping at home and by praying for me and with me. With my love for Him I will be healed and return to my family.’
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our gender based violence fund.