What we do

Currently we started two programs that are meant to lay the foundation for our campaigns.

Support a Mother Program

The aim is to raise awareness on the plight of African mothers, and to mobilise citizens worldwide to ensure that mothers get the basic financial literacy and empowerment on their rights they need to support their families, this will help them not be victims of abuse because most of them are dependent on their abusers. The Support a Mother campaign aims to train and empower 10,000 women by 2025 and contribute towards reduction of abuse of women by 25%. Once trained, each trainee will be able to impact her environment and contribute to the development of the entire nation

Without the basic education that women in developed countries take for granted, financial literacy and human rights empowerment remains a heavy burden in sub-Saharan Africa

Some stories for women victims of domestic abuse

  1. Cibalonza Neema kamaci
“I am 27 years, I got married at the age of 16, at some point my husband started abusing alcohol and became very aggressive, he would come back home drunk and beat me like an animal, my health got affected and I had to go through a surgery , I lost one of my fallopian tube. Life was not easy; I went through so much shame and stigmatization In my community; I started suffering from heart diseases and felt like life was meaningless. In 2010, my husband died from the explosion of a tank truck in Uvira, SANGE leaving me with seven children. I have been carrying luggages in order to support my kids, with the small amount of money that I get, I am not able to take my kids to school, sometimes it even challenging to get money for rent. We all live in a one bed room house which costs 15$ per month. I Wish my  kids could go to school, but it’s impossible with my financial status. I wish  I  could have a small business that will allow me to take care of my family.
  1. Shukuru Mubalama
“I am 27 years old, I got married at the age of 18, I have 5 kids and none of them goes to school. My husband was abusive and very noisy, he used to beat me up every time, insult me even in front of the kids. It has been two years now since he left us for work, he went to work in Burega in the mineral mines, we have not heard from him since, even on the phone, he has not sent any money to support the kids, we don’t know if he remarried or if he died. Since I did not go to school, it is very difficult for me to find a job, so what I do is to find people who need help with cleaning , I clean for them  their clothes and get some few money to buy food for my kids and pay rent, sometimes I can’t afford to get food and we have to sleep hungry. I feel so bad when the kids tell me how they want to go to school and learn like other kids and yet I cannot afford it, I don’t want my kids to end up with a miserable life like mine.
  1. Ebenezer Safi Bigugu
“I am 23 years old, I got married at the age of sixteen, marriage life was very tough, my husband had misunderstandings every time and he would beat me anytime, insult me… My life was at danger, I decided to go back to my parent’s house because I did not want to die, so many people in the neighbourhood criticized me because of my choice, calling me all kind of names, saying how I was unable to keep my marriage,… It has been 2 years since I left, and I have not heard anything from him, he does not support the kids in anyway or even call to know how they are doing. My parents have been trying their best to accommodate me with my 3 kids, it has not been easy for them and that is why I would like to start a business that will allow me to take care of the kids.”
  1. Nsimire Byamungu chirubakadera
“I am 35 years old, I got married at the age of 16 I have 8 kids, I was having a normal life with my husband, he used to take his responsibilities as a dad, and we never fought. I would hear rumors from people saying that he was cheating on me, but since I did not have any proof, I did not concentrate on that until he suddenly disappeared He took another wife in the past three years now, we don’t know anything about where he is, and he has not tried to reach out, and does not support the kids in any way. I sell some bananas and avocadoes but this is not enough to take care of a big family like mine What I want is education for the kids.”

The mission of this project is to support the women of Congo who have suffered from many forms of abuse and neglect or other injustices. The Tumaini Centre exists to assist these women, offering them a refuge and a safe place to re-group and plan for a better life. This amazing program will be operated in  Bukavu in the East Congo and will only  be available to female volunteers. The home  will cater to approximately 50-100 young women aged 12-24 years. These women will be  in the rescue centre for various reasons including sexual assault, being sent to work too young or being found on the street. The home will offer a safe and happy place for the women to heal and develop, and aims to teach them skills to enable them to support themselves in their future. Some of the girls will be leaving the compound for school while others are in the compound at all times for their own safety. This program truly empowers women and girls who have suffered abuse and helps them to achieve a brighter future.

Our prayer is to build centres  that will be habitable to get them educated and supported.

    Goals of this Project:
    • Provide essential care and support to vulnerable young women, even now women are still being marginalized in the African context.
    • Improve the future prospects of abused and disadvantaged women through education and skills, they will learn to be empowered and independent.
    • Give vulnerable women quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
    • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.

Tumaini Centres Project

Social

Social empowerment might be one of the most prominent forms of empowerment shown in the mainstream media. It strengthens women’s social relations and their positions in social structures, giving them more of a purpose outside of the home. Their contributions to society are recognized and valued as opposed to looked down upon simply because it was a woman’s creation. Social empowerment also fights back against discrimination, no longer letting people of different disabilities, races, ethnicities, religions, or genders be walked over by what’s considered ‘normal’.

Educational

Education is a crucial part of growing and developing, but there are still places in the world that deny education to girls. This takes away a fundamental skill everyone has the right to: knowledge. Without a proper education for all, gender empowerment isn’t possible. Education puts everyone on equal footing, and lets young girls have access to what their rights and duties are. Not only that, obtaining knowledge can boost self-confidence, self-esteem, and make girls self-sufficient. It also gives them access to the development of social, political, intellectual, and religious consciousness, and can discourage the growth of bigotry, narrow-mindedness, superstition, intolerance, and so other kind of abuse

Economic

So many young girls end up into premature marriages which lead to abusive relationships due to poverty, being able to empower women financially is a way to prevent abuse and allow allow  everyone to have equal footing and women in particular will gain a more significant share of control over material,human, intellectual and financial resources.

Psychological

Psychological empowerment aligns with social empowerment—it transgresses the “traditional and patriarchal taboos and social obligations” and lets women go beyond what’s expected of them in society. This can build self-confidence, help women recognize their self-worth, and gives them the chance to take control of their income and body.

Legal

Women get to learn about their rights and those who need legal assistance , get assisted.