For over 100 years, brutal ethnic fighting and political conflict have ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thousands of women of all ages have been sexually assaulted, subsequently abandoned by their husbands and left to provide for themselves and their children. The effect on communities in this area has been devastating.
In the southern city of Lubumbashi, ASSIST partners with a thriving church reaching out to its community with the message of hope in Christ. This church supports five additional church plants in the surrounding communities.
A great work is being done in the DR Congo, specifically with the Salem Women’s Centre. We work with gender based sexual assault victims and give them micro loans to start their own businesses. We teach skills such as sewing and making soap to give these women opportunity to start their own businesses.