JWW works to help survivors of genocide and mass atrocities rebuild their lives through projects that not only provide relief, but restore dignity, develop vocational skills and create opportunities to improve their communities’ economies. Since inception JWW has raised more than $17 million serving 500,000 survivors.
Through our partner i-ACT, JWW supports Little Ripples, a preschool program tailored to a population exposed to severe trauma. In the Darfuri refugee camps, there is no formal education system for young children, leaving them unsupervised, vulnerable to the dangers of the camp, and at a disadvantage for the future. Little Ripples provides a safe and nurturing environment for some of the youngest refugees to learn in. With support from JWW, the first Little Ripples school opened in Goz Amer refugee camp in Eastern Chad in the summer of 2013. It serves 400 children. Now, the project is seeking to impact more children through a home-based model called Little Ripple Ponds.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Too many young girls become pregnant as a result of rape and are subsequently shunned and abandoned by their families. In partnership with ABFEC/Action Kivu, the Mumosho Women’s Center provides housing for these young women and serves as a place of refuge, comfort and opportunity. The top floor of the Center offers housing for the girls and their children, while the bottom floor acts as a community center and training facility, where the girls and other vulnerable women in the community can access vocational skills and community education training as well as gather safely for community meetings.
Through our partners at ABFEC/ Action Kivu , the Educational Assistance project enables war-affected, impoverished children from villages in the South Kivu Province to receive an education. JWW funds school fees, supplies and/or uniforms for 169 war-affected orphans and vulnerable children in Mumosho and Mudaka territories and 210 vulnerable children in the Kalimbi Tin Mine region of South Kivu Province, Eastern DRC. The project has a particular focus on increasing girls’ attendance in school. The expansion to the Kalimbi Tin Mine region provides two benefits: providing children with education, and keeping the mine’s conflict-free status (as they must not use child labor).
The Generation Hope program, implemented by our partners at Un Jour Nouveau/Africa New Day supports the most vulnerable children of Goma, North Kivu, providing education, mentorship and spiritual leadership. Through this program, 200 secondary students – some of whom live, unsupported, on the streets of the city – come together to receive lessons in language, geography, world history, mathematics and leadership. Graduates of Generation Hope are equipped to end the cycle of poverty and violence in their lives, thus becoming leaders and mentors in their own communities. Generation Hope further supports and strengthens the community with outreach events.
Sons of Congo is a men’s mentorship program, created by our partners at Africa New Day , aimed at creating a social change movement for the protection of Congolese women. Sons of Congo provides a curriculum that draws on biblical lessons to demonstrate how women should be valued and respected, paired with an accessible radio program and leadership training. Thousands of men have embraced this programming.
Thousands of Congolese children have been forcibly recruited into the nation’s various armed groups. These children and the hundreds of thousands more that have been orphaned or abandoned are living, impoverished and vulnerable, on Congo’s dangerous streets. In partnership with LAV (Laissez l’Afrique Vivre/Let Africa Live), JWW is sponsoring the reintegration of 50 former child soldiers, most of them girls. This program provides the children with vocational and professional skills training, basic education, medical and psychosocial care and support for their burgeoning businesses once they graduate.
Rape survivors are unable to return to their home villages after medical treatment, either because the severity of their injuries requires more long-term care or because the stigma of rape has led their families to turn them away. Maison Dorcas is a unique facility that provides extended post-acute shelter and other support services for patients and families treated at Panzi Hospital. The Tumaini Project, or Hope Project, at Maison Dorcas serves these survivors and provides them with an opportunity to rebuild their lives through a holistic program of support which includes both 1-on-1 and group counseling and formal training in literacy, math, and entrepreneurship.
Child soldiers have been forcibly conscripted on a large scale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Girls, like boys, are forcibly taken by various armed forces. JWW is collaborating with BVES to establish a new girls center that will house 100 young women and children and provide them with psychosocial support, medical care, and education, while their families are located.
JWW has worked for years to help survivors of genocide and mass atrocities rebuild their lives through projects that have provided safe, protected places, from schools to medical facilities, where children and adults in Sudan and Congo can heal and create community. These projects have not only provided relief, but have helped the conflict-affected restore dignity, develop vocational skills and create opportunities to improve their communities’ economies.