Congo Healing Program

$4,545 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 20 months
Vicki Bentley  SAN PABLO, CA


        A teenage mom we care for in Mumosho, DRC.

Hello, I’m Victoria Bentley, a clinical psychologist from the San Francisco bay area who has been doing philanthropic work in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2008.

Mostly, my non-profit,  Empower Congo Women, helps women and girls who have been raped and left pregnant with no means of support.  Congo is a pretty rough place, so these young women and their kids have little chance of surviving, let alone living a decent life without our help.

This is my second campaign on Gofundme.com. The first one was a great success! I want to offer my heart-felt thanks to all the donors who gave so generously to others less fortunate than themselves.

Donations from the first campaign made it possible for me to return to Congo in September, 2015, where I taught peer counselors how to heal trauama in victims of sexual abuse and rape. The donations also paid counselor salaries for 6 months, which has allowed them to help people  suffering from trauma at no cost.  This is a huge gift to this war-torn area of eastern Congo where so many people suffer grieviously.

Now I am asking for your support again, so we can continue to pay salaries and train 4 more peer counselors.

All donations are tax-deductible.  I will send a note to that effect from Empower Congo Women , my 501(c)3 non-profi organization, in your thank-you note. 

Not everyone is meant to get on a plane bound for Africa to heal trauma.  But if you are moved to take action to stop violence against women, and to empower the  women and girls to thrive after tragedy, you can  do just that with your financial gift. 

Thank you for hearing my story and I so appreciate any contribution you can make at this time.

Many blessings,

Mama Vicki 

Come be a friend of Congo women and children with us!
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Update 5
Posted by Victoria Bentley
15 months ago
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Thanks so much from Empower Congo Women!

Because of your generous support in 2015, we were able to bring trauma healing to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Your collective support made it possible to establish the first Congo Healing Program (CHP) in Mumosho, DRC. Your continuing support pays the salaries of peer counselors who are now able to treat the local population at no cost.

And this is only the beginning of what we envision for trauma healing in DRC.

A second CHP clinic is planned to open in May 2016 in the New Hope Congo Hospital in Kavumu, an area that is experiencing a high number of rapes of young women and girls. This trauma unit will focus on child therapy.

Together we are healing wounds and bringing the light of peace to shine on eastern Congo.


WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN THE COMING NEW YEAR

from Empower Congo Women, ABFEK, the staff at
Congo Healing Program, and all the men, women, and
children whose lives you've blessed

New Year Donation

Begin the new year by contributing to a cause with a track record of improving the lives of hundreds of war victims. Donate where you know your money goes to projects, not administration. Thanks again for helping vulnerable Congolese families heal and rebuild their lives.

With love and appreciation,

Dr. Victoria Bentley

Director/founder, Empower Congo Women

* all donations are Tax deductible
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Update 4
Posted by Victoria Bentley
19 months ago
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October 1, 2015. Bukavu, DRC
Congo Healing Program is a reality!
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Update 3
Posted by Victoria Bentley
19 months ago
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Whoohoo!!! Just got back from Mumosho where Amani Matabaro and I founded the first CONGO HEALING PROGRAM!

Thank you so much! It's incredible to think that we made this happen--you and I--halfway around the world in a culture both foreign and familiar. . . more familiar than you would imagine.

Even though it's a trauma healing program, we changed the name to reflect a positive future, more about moving forward toward our dreams than suffering in the past.

The teachers you see here are great--they love this program and are committed to leading a healing ritual for the children each morning in their classroom.

The woman on my right will be doing the individual and group trauma healing sessions. Her partner is not pictured. Amani is on the far left. I am easy to spot--the only muzungu!

With love and gratitude,
Vicki
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Update 2
Posted by Victoria Bentley
19 months ago
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Yes! I made my fund raising goal, so I'm leaving for Congo this Saturday, September 19th!!!
Thank you so very much everyone who's made this possible. The donations keep coming in from old and new friends, family, and people I've never met. It is an extraordinary experience-- heart warming and wonderful to know so many people want to help the women and girls of Congo have a better life.

To show my appreciation, I want to share an incredible piece of music with you. Written and sung by Mohombi, a Congolese-Swedish singer, MWANA CONGO echoes the soul of Congo way beyond what words can express.

Thank you again everyone who is making the Congo Trauma Healing Center a reality. I'll be chronicling the trip so stay tuned!

With love and appreciation,

Vicki

Mohombi sings the soul of Congo
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Evalena Rose
20 months ago

Exciting to hear how one woman, Vikki Bentley, can create so much change for women and children in war-torn Congo. I want to support this Trauma Recovery Project since it trains others in peer support and feels like the work would ripple out to help many.

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Raised by 49 people in 20 months
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Exciting to hear how one woman, Vikki Bentley, can create so much change for women and children in war-torn Congo. I want to support this Trauma Recovery Project since it trains others in peer support and feels like the work would ripple out to help many.

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