Outside the Mumosho Women’s Center
Too many young girls become pregnant as a result of rape and are subsequently shunned and abandoned by their families. Through JWW’s support, our partners ABFEC and Action Kivu created the Center to provide housing for these young women and their babies, and to serve as a place of refuge, comfort, and opportunity. The Center also serves the surrounding community.
At left is Nadine, an 18 year-old student at the Mumosho Women’s Center – Home for Pregnant Teens. Action Kivu shares her story:
Nadine had already lost both parents to HIV / AIDS when she was just 13, and was forced to drop out of school. Her elderly grandparents took her in, but already lived in poverty, with no source of income to send her back to school. Nadine found work on other people’s farms to earn a dollar to help buy food.Action Kivu
Now Nadine is back in school and learning to be a seamstress at the Center. The Center affords women like Nadine vocational training in a safe space, allowing them to gain valuable skills so they can take care of themselves and their families.
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About Our Partners - ABFEC / Action Kivu
ABFEC (Actions pour le Bien être de la Femme et de l’Enfant au Congo), a homegrown operation started in a one-room shack, was created with a deep sense of compassion and love by Congolese educator and interpreter Amani Matabaro Tom and his seamstress wife, Amini Bukanda. Action Kivu exists to support non-profits in Congo that are working to bring peace and healing for the victims of the conflict.