Centuries of exploitation and decades-long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has wreaked social and economic havoc. Women have been the most acutely affected and, therefore, are a central focus toward ultimate recovery from the damage inflicted. HEAL Africa works with women and their communities to offer the support and the tools needed– medical, spiritual, psychological, educational, training, and economic–to ensure their well-being.
Due to continuing conflict in the DRC, rape has reached epidemic proportions. HEAL Africa supplies the immediate treatment women need, medically and emotionally, and follows up with years of counseling, literacy and job training, plus small business financing to help them begin life anew. We also work with their families to gain reacceptance for them or, failing that, provide a new home. All of which creates a sense of dignity and self-worth, and elevates her status in the community.
HEAL Africa’s Gender and Justice initiatives tackle the root causes of gender inequality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Through decades of war and centuries of exploitation, traditional social and community structures have broken down. Most of today’s Congolese women are unaware of their rights. HEAL Africa actively promotes these rights and educates communities about these rights. Learn more about how HEAL Africa tackles the root causes of gender inequality.Heal My People
Survivors of rape or obstetric fistula in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) usually have serious medical problems. The majority of them are abandoned by their husbands and ostracized by their communities. The psychological trauma, a sense of shame, frequently accompanied by spiritual struggles, and the isolation tend to overwhelm the survivor. Heal My People seeks to identify the survivors, connecting them to and assisting them with vital medical, psychological, and social recovery assistance. Learn more about how HEAL Africa helps to identify, connect and assist survivors.Safe Motherhood
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world – one in twenty-four women die in child birth. These problems are most acute in the rural areas of DRC. Safe Motherhood began in 2000 to address these issues. HEAL Africa staff designed a unique community-based program to reduce infant, maternal and neonatal mortality through safe childbirth practices. And it has proven to be effective where implemented. Learn more about how HEAL Africa's community-based programs for mothers.Women’s Centers
Women’s Centers or “Wamama Simameni” (Women Stand Up Together), are landmarks on the road to healing for suffering women. Often called “safe houses”, these locations offer access to medical care, counseling, and training in a secure setting. These centers help facilitate discussions and learning about issues commonly faced by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Learn more about how HEAL Africa supports women communities.