We are Zapenda, an African-inspired clothing brand with a mission to provide employment for talented African garment makers. Our production facility is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province. This is an area where thousands of families are vulnerable to food insecurity on a regular basis due to decades of instability.
Like many other areas in the world, South Kivu is adjusting to a new reality under the global pandemic. The COVID19 outbreak is exacerbating their vulnerability through closing borders which are reducing food availability leading to increased prices. Reduced work and increased food prices are further pushing additional families towards the risk of malnutrition and potentially death.
The unfortunate reality is people are moving to look for any kind of work to get food for the day. The need to work to eat to live keeps people moving. The lack of money to afford food and masks makes this a challenge for everyone in the community.
We are asking for your help in creating an emergency relief fund to help support Congolese families. In the immediate future, the funds will be utilized to assemble and distribute emergency care packages for the most vulnerable families affected by the pandemic. These packages will include a month supply of food, clean water, cleaning products and Zapenda reusable masks (currently in production) for a given family. Each care package costs about $50. The more we raise, the more families we can support!
Donations of $50 or more will receive a special gift from Zapenda.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What items are included in the care package?
Non-perishable food items (rice, beans, flour, salt)
Zapenda reusable face masks
How will the beneficiaries be selected?
We are partnering with ABFEK (Actions pour le Bien entre de la Femme et de l’Enfant au Kivu) to help identify individuals in different areas of South Kivu to receive assistance. ABFEK has been operating in South Kivu for nearly 14 years supporting women and children impacted by conflict. They possess a database of families in need in the communities in which they work and have partnerships with other organizations to help identify individuals/families in need throughout South Kivu.
How will families receive packages?
Packages will be distributed through community centers, schools, and churches in communities with the greatest needs. We are planning to do food distribution in two different sites: one in Mumosho and another one in Kavumu or Walungu because the need is significant in these rural areas where there is little to no support.
- Isaac Sawyer
- Casey Whieldon
- Viviana Ramos
- Fidele Donadje