Democratic Republic of Congo

Only 25% of kids in the DRC have birth certificates.
Mothers are changing that.

Imagine giving birth to a healthy baby, but being unable to prove that the infant is yours. Imagine your child, older now, being refused enrollment in school and denied healthcare. For many new mothers living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is an everyday reality. All because their children don’t have birth certificates. While Congolese law requires families to register their newborns within 90 days, this can be a near-impossible task, especially for poor parents and those living in remote areas.

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Giving human rights activists the tools they need to save lives

How do you access a remote jungle where groups of armed men have children in their ranks? This is the question Murhabazi Namegabe faces each day working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In a country where tens of thousands of children are forced to be rebel soldiers or slaves, Fund grantee BVES […]

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Murhabazi Is Unstoppable

Murhabazi Namegabe walked into the forest knowing full well that he may never return. Accompanied by several aid workers, Murhabazi had been driving for hours in the North Kivu area of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), searching for a group of armed men he knew had children in their ranks. However, when […]

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Justice for Survivors

Between January 2014 and March 2015, military police officers raped thirteen girls near Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The victims ranged in age from 9 to 17 years old. For over a year, the officers were not tried for their crimes. In the eastern Congo, where violent conflict has continued for […]

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New Grants – Spring 2015

Earlier this week our board of directors approved more than $3.5 million in grants and technical assistance to 134 organizations in our South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and North Africa programs. Read more to see what's new for 2015.

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SOFEPADI: Defending Women’s Rights in the Congo

Julienne Lusenge, Board Chair of long-time Congolese grantee SOFEPADI, exemplifies the courage needed to fight violence and discrimination. Julienne’s work puts her in constant danger, and she continues her work despite receiving death threats. Hear about how she stands up against militias and members of the military who are perpetrating an epidemic of rape in the Congo.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

The Fund currently supports over 100 organizations in six different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We’re currently working in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in West Africa, and Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda in the African Great Lakes. Over a decade of grant-making in Sub-Saharan Africa has shown us just how critical human […]

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