A prolonged civil war that began in 1996 has led to extreme violence and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the atrocities, suffering widespread sexual violence and abuse.
Mission & Service partner L'Église du Christ au Congo has issued a "cri d'alarme" to the world highlighting the urgency of the situation. The Rev. Nzeba Kalombo Berthe, General Secretary of the Department for Women and Family of the ECC, says: "This cry of alarm invites us into national solidarity and compassion to assist these innocent victims to recover their dignity-but also to offer them hope as future professional women and honourable mothers."
Supported by L'Église du Christ au Congo, local women volunteer to support and accompany survivors, war orphans, and women's groups. Families receive support to foster war orphans and provide them with a loving and safe haven. ECC also provides funding for school, medical care, and psychosocial support.
The United Church, in partnership with others, is answering a call for prayers and action supporting peace in Congo and an end to the war on women.
We are thankful that our Mission & Service gifts support the women and children of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who seek security, dignity, and healing.
Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.