Most women never escape It is ECIs goal to ensure that more Laba successes

Most women never escape it is ecis goal to ensure

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Most women never escape. It is ECI’s goal to ensure that more “Laba” successes happen and, more importantly, that more young women never have to experience the hardship that she endured. ECI provides grants to individuals like Dr. Denis Mukwege, the head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, and to Jo and Lynn Lusi of Goma’s HEAL Africa Hospital. I would like to share with you the nature of some of the groups that ECI is privileged to work with on behalf of Congo. HEAL Africa reaches tens of thousands of people each year through community action, and works to transform local communities through: Health , Education , community Action and
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Leadership development. Founded in 1994 by an orthopedic surgeon and his wife who wanted to train health care workers, it has promoted safe motherhood in the region since 2003. It is the cornerstone in eastern Congo for promoting the right of women to deliver safely at a health facility. ECI also provides hundreds of rural women with the opportunity to create their own income generating business plans through micro-grants. One inspiring group created their own maternal health insurance collective to provide financial support to safely deliver their children at health centers. As a complement to this initiative, ECI also provides emergency obstetric training for nearly 100 health professionals and midwives working from 15 health centers in remote areas of North Kivu. As children are also a core focus for ECI, we partner with a local organization called Children’s Voice. Children’s Voice was formed in the aftermath of the most intense period of violence in Goma and serves the needs of orphans and former child soldiers or sex slaves living in extreme poverty. This year, Children’s Voice provided an accelerated schooling program for 591 vulnerable children. These are just a few of the projects we have committed our resources to achieve. We know, however, that we can not pave the road to peace, stability, and self-reliance by ourselves. The United States and the international community must continue to be active participants in this struggle. While the tendency is to lose hope from 35,000 feet—we believe that great progress can be and is being made. It must be generated by the Congolese themselves and it must be done person by person, brick by brick. When an orphan or former child soldier is enrolled in school, they not only receive an academic education but they are socialized, learning to develop healthy
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relationships with others (including women) so that they have learned a value of human life and will be less likely to go out and cause to someone else the damage that was done to them. One is less likely to participate in rape if one knows, values and respects women in one’s own life. When militiamen and soldiers (the vast majority young, unemployed men) are trained in a trade, and work is located for them in the private sector which utilizes these skills, supported by the local community—they are less likely to return to the bush, return to the militias and
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