The Greatest Need
“Our Country is going under a very turmoil situation since the parliament have voted to enlarge the president period. Police are killing people who demonstrate on the street and today no one is leaving his house. We really do not know what will be this day but will keep you know how things are going.”
This was one of the updates we recently received from our team on the ground in the South-Kivu province in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As we read this update we were reminded of a conversation with someone as we started This Is EPIC, “to have the greatest impact you need to go to places with the greatest need“. The DRC certainly falls into this category. In the latest UN Human Development Data, the DRC ranks 186 out of 187 countries, with 87.72% of the 67million people living on less than $1.25 per day and 82% classed as ‘Working Poor’ and living on less than $2 per day.
The pervasive negative impact of poverty on the country for decades has significantly limited access to education and basic medical needs.
We are working with an amazing partner in the DRC to implement our Village Savings and Loans projects, PAPROF. PROGRAMME D’APPUI ET PROMOTION DE LA FEMME (PAPROF) stands for Women Empowerment and Gender Promotion Program.
Their mission is to address medical, social and economic challenges faced by women and girls survivors from the brutal and systematic sexual violence carried in eastern DRC, usually as a weapon of war.
PAPROF have three core elements to their programme to support the victims of sexual violence.
⇒ Build a platform to nurture training, skills, health access, and community reintegration.
⇒ Use This Is EPIC Village Savings and Loans projects to reinforce family support and contribution to community development.
⇒ Support children born from rape and orphans from HIV/AIDS parents through accommodation, education, livelihood and medical support.
We are privileged to be working with the PAPROF team to make a real difference to the lives of those affected systemic sexual violence in the DRC.
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