BENEFITING: ACTION KIVU INC
I'm launching this campaign on behalf of Amani Matabaro, founder of Action Kivu, for the completion of the Kivu Women's Center. The Kivu Women's Center will provide critical training programs including financial literacy, vocational training, and family planning. It will also be a space for women in need to access shelter and food. Amani Matabaro and Action Kivu are committed to building this center and need $20,000 to complete construction and pay for initial operating costs of the program.
Amani’s name means peace in Swahili. Or, as is the case with this man, peace-warrior. He was in his early 20s when his father and mother were killed in Congo’s Wars. A generous relative stood in for his parents and offered to pay for his university education. After finishing school, he traveled through the most remote areas of eastern Congo and saw the impact of the war with his own eyes. Now 35, and the father of 6 children, Amani has dedicated his life to rebuilding his country. He is the founder of ABFEK (Action Kivu), a community development organization that empowers war-affected women and children. His work has been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Enough Project.
Amani always says, “I want my people to understand that the solutions to their problems are all around them.”
These solutions begin with the community. Before he does anything, he first spends a great deal of time asking the community about their needs and working with every level of society to devise solutions.
Amani needs your help to complete his vision of building a physical center for women. The mission of the Kivu Women's Center is to provide a safe haven for young women. The Women's Center seeks to empower all they serve through culturally competent programs that provide safety, shelter and training to young mothers and women survivors of violence.
The participants will be accommodated through a one year program where they will receive skills training and a community of support. They will receive training in relevant skills needed such as sewing, textile making, agriculture, counseling, family planning, financial planning. Many of these young mothers have been abandoned by their communities and loved ones. At the Center, they will receive meals, safe lodging, and essential entrepreneurship skills to expand their capacity to create sustainable income-generating ventures.
Amani has been a great mentor and his work in Congo is nothing short of inspirational.
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