Women, along with children, are the most vulnerable people in the city of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. A city that has become the place with the most violations per day. We have been working since 2006 in this area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the aim of accompanying these women and their children in their journey of healing and resilience.
We support women victims of violence by working with the Don Bosco Maison Marguerite Center, who offer hospitality, protection and assistance. At this home, we offer the women psycho-social support, professional training and access to microfinance for the development of their own small business. This way, they will be able to have a job that allows them to believe in themselves and get out of any risky situation in which they find themselves as well as provide for their children.
The activities that we are developing within the project are:
- Accomodation, maintenance, medical and psychological services for 100 women and girls between 12 and 40 years old.
- Vocational training for women to access a job after completing the course or the ability to create their own micro-enterprise. For those who want to become women entrepreneurs, we will provide access to microcredit to at last 50 women.
- We will work together with families so they know the importance of girls going to school and graduating from it. In addition, we will sensitize them about sexual and domestic violence, and how to act or report before local authorities, leaders and society in general.
Maison Marguerite, is the home where these 100 women will live, one of the four houses that make up the Don Bosco Center. It will be their home until they recover.
CODESPA continues to empower these girls, single mothers, and young vulnerable women in their journey of healing, resilience and a better future.