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On any given day, news reports highlight conflict happening in countless locations around the globe. For those living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R. Congo), living in the midst of war and tribal fighting has become a way of life over the past two decades. Every level of society and all aspects of life have been impacted by the conflict.
Those most deeply affected are women and girls who have been abused. Sexual violence is used as a weapon of war to control, humiliate and intimidate millions of women. An ineffective justice system and social factors have made it impossible for these victims to receive the justice and assistance they need to help them move on with their lives. Many are forced from their homes by shame and humiliation and wind up in cities like the provincial capital, Goma, in search of a better life.
Since women are often restricted to traditional care-taking roles, and because they often lack education and do not have the support of their families, they often feel the only option to support themselves is to enter the sex trade industry.
Despite the bleak outlook, there is hope. Fellowship International missionaries Apollo and Lois Midigo are working in Goma to come alongside and bring hope to women who have been victims of sexual violence. They have identified Congolese women who have lived through these conflicts and are now in a position to lead other women.
Working with the Midigos, these women are able to give girls and older women the opportunity to develop life and leadership skills, as well as a stronger understanding in the area of morals and value lessons through counselling, Bible studies, seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Women in these communities who are victims of sexual violence are already being impacted through the Midigos’ ministry as they are healed and empowered.
To reach even more Congolese women with the love of Christ, the Midigos are seeking to establish new skills-training opportunities. Through New Beginnings, FAIR’s goal is to raise $10,000 to support the establishment of vocational training opportunities in tailoring ($5,000), basket making ($4,000) and baking ($1,000) so participants can start their own small scale businesses. Funds will go towards the purchase of training materials, and to provide women with basic equipment and/or material to help them get started.
Would you consider partnering with the Midigos as they build into the lives of these women and provide them the education and training needed to launch them into a healthier, more fulfilling life?
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this project.