When we began working in war-torn and impoverished Congo in the 1990s, we wanted to bring health care to many Congolese living without access to basic health. We also knew that our patients would be returning to very horrific conditions that could potentially render our work useless. Over the years we have learned that rebuilding a person and his or her community is complex—that it would require more than just medicine—but a holistic approach.
We work in a very challenging context, surrounded by poverty and conflict. Isolated from the world by both distance and information, we recognize the importance of partnerships in order to grow and improve our services. But we believe we can use our skills and education, local knowledge, and our strong sense of community to find meaningful solutions to bring hope and transformation.
Healing a person from their experience of violence and poverty requires more than a band-aid or surgery. So we take a holistic approach to our work by examining the whole person—the body, mind, and spirit.
Developing partnerships with individuals and organizations within and outside the Congo is significant to our development process. But more importantly, equal participation between men, women, and children in the development process is imperative to the success of our development.
Many organizations implement programs and leave when the funding runs out. But the issues we confront require long-term commitment.
We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen, improve, and make a broader impact in our work without compromising our core values.
HEAL Africa is a faith-based organization motivated by Christ’s love. Jesus cared for the poor and the oppressed, the widows and the orphans. He spent time with the sick, those who were disabled, and marginalized. He promoted the status of women, and we want to do the same.