Girls of Africa

 

Educating Our Most Important Natural Resource

 

About Girls of Africa

Meet Efe and Sarah, two of the sixty girls being educated by Girls of Africa in the Goma province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We currently pay salaries for two teachers plus daily meals for the girls (which keeps them coming back). Unfortunately, we have many more to reach. Girls of Africa seeks

  • To promote education by creating free schools for girls who are out of the school system, as well as literacy centers for adult women.
  • Establish residences for girls receiving education in our schools.
  • Provide psychological treatment for women and girls who have been raped and abandoned.
  • Distribute food in coordination with international NGOs.
  • Promote agriculture and the breeding of small and large livestock for the self-suffiency of families.
  • Support sustainable development, especially entrepreneurship and business affiliations that focus on providing opportunity to Congolese women.

Girls of Africa was founded by Matthieu Lukusa Kabeya and others whose loved ones have been victims of the war plaguing the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has had such devastating effects on the entire Congolese population as a whole, and on women in particular. Download the official organizing document here.

Girls of Africa, Inc., is a Rhode Island non-profit corporation. We have applied for and expect to receive IRS 501c3 non-profit status in 2018. Your donation will be tax-deductible.

Sexual Violence and the ‘African World War” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) has a land area equal to a quarter of the United States, a population (83 million) larger than Germany’s, and vast mineral wealth. Unfortunately, the recent history of the DRC has been one of civil war and corruption. Since 1994, the DRC has been at the center of what some observers have called “Africa’s world war,” a conflict that has claimed up to six million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition. Soldiers and rebels from Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Namibia have all taken turns fighting in the DRC and exploiting its natural wealth.  (Click HERE to learn more about the DRC’s history, including the 20 million killed during Belgium’s colonial occupation of the country.)

According to the United Nations, rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, gang rape, forced incest, sexual mutilation, genital mutilation, the deliberate spread of HIV/AIDS, and forced sterilization have been used as techniques of war against the civilian population. Tens of thousands of women, adolescent girls, and even prepubescent girls have been victims of this sexual violence. And the eastern provinces of the DRC, including the North Kivu province where Goma is located, have seen the worst of it. The result is a large population of girls and young women who’ve been abandoned and rejected. They receive no education, and often homeless, and are re-victimized by sex traffickers. These are the girls that Girls of Africa is serving. They are why we beg for your help today.