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Accessing the Power of Community

The effectiveness and success HEAL Africa has been able to achieve is very much a result of our understanding of, and respect for, the Congolese communities. Working in concert with these communities and their leaders has resulted in great progress.


Years ago, following devastating conflict in Congo, HEAL Africa began to increasingly treat displaced rural refugees who would soon be returning home. It became evident that to send recovered patients back to the same situations was simply not safe–particularly for survivors of sexual violence, orphans, and widows. The vulnerability of these people, compounded by national insecurity and economic instability, greatly concerned the HEAL Africa staff, and resulted in the Nehemiah Initiative. Learn more about how HEAL Africa builds leaders.


We believe women are the fabric of community. And we have found that when we empower a woman, we can multiply the impact of our work when she nurtures those around her. Traditionally, women have been relegatedto the background. With the decades-long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, women have been the hardest hit—and most central to ultimate recovery. HEAL Africa works with women and their communities to offer the support and tools needed– medical, educational, and economic–to ensure their physical, psychological and financial well-being. Learn more about how HEAL Africa provides resources for women.


HEAL Africa’s gender and masculinity project, WABABA, targets men to address violence against women. While much of Sexual and Gender Based Violence programs focus exclusively on women, men are referred to as either indirect victims or perpetrators. In April 2013 HEAL Africa began to focus on men as central agents of change. The WABABA project targets three categories of men: partners of sexual violence survivors, men who have been exposed violent behaviors and men who are leaders (or role models) in community. Learn more about how HEAL Africa supports men through about the Wababa project.


When we take care of our children, we take care of the future of our society.

Changes in social, political, economic and family structures often have the greatest impact on children. In the event of armed conflict and other emergencies, the impact can be devastating. At HEAL Africa, we recognize that children are dependent individuals in need of nurturing and guidance from their caregivers to become independent adults. We believe they must be given the right to protection and given opportunities to health and well-being. While we are unable to address every facet of a child’s physical and socio-emotional development at this time, HEAL Africa makes every effort to address children in their transitions. HEAL Africa’s current activities with children focus on health care and education. Learn more about how HEAL Africa provides care for children who walk through their doors.