Fifty stigmatized children—most born of sexual violence—will be provided with tuition for 3 months of schooling at Elimu Bora Complex in the South Kivu village of Kiliba Sucki. The students currently have nothing to write on (though they do have pens and pencils), so we are also raising money for composition books. Finally, for the teachers and principal with nothing to sit on, we would like to purchase chairs for them. We hope to have subsequent projects raising funds for additional months of schooling. $750 of the raised funding will be allocated to tuition, $100 to transportation, and $150 for supplies for the students.
Since at least the 1996 wars involving Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), rape has been used as a weapon of war. South Kivu and particularly the Ruzizi Plain—location of this project—is a gateway into the country from neighboring Burundi. Even with war subsided in this area, inter-ethnic conflicts and instabilities remain—and so does the now-common practice of sexual violence.
AMCAV provides counseling, social reintegration, and income-generating activities for the targeted women. It is not uncommon for a husband to disown his wife after a rape. He may pay modest tuition fees for his birth children but not for a child born of rape. The child must remain at home in a stigmatized state.
In 2011, teaming up with Annette Scarpitta as part of a 7th-grade initiative, AMCAV began its first project to lift up disadvantaged children (mostly those born of rape) to attend school for the first time and to acclimate them with the rest of the schoolchildren, whose parents can afford to pay school fees. This has been done with great success, but we need donations like yours for the project to continue.
150 students with receive tuition for 3 months.
AMCAV team members are trained residents of the communities they serve. The team has been working for many years operating “listening houses” for women served by AMCAV. The director of AMCAV has dedicated her life to improving the lives of women and educating them about their rights and the rights of their children.
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