Seven years of conflict has profoundly affected the women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Tens of thousands of women have survived murder, rape, mutilation and other gender- and sexual-violence. Despite the suffering women in the DRC have endured, the long term peace and prosperity of the country depends upon the ability of these women to rebuild their lives, families, and communities.
A gift of $45 will teach a woman basic reading and numeracy skills and how to write her name during one year of bi-weekly literacy classes. In a country where only 50 percent of the women have even basic literacy, you will help a woman learn the skills she needs to survive after war and protect herself -- so she will not be cheated by people who might want to take advantage of her.