An Indigenous Garden in DCR

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. With a GDP listing of 324$ per year, many people live on less than a dollar a day. It is one of the most underreported countries continuing to live in civil unrest- with political turmoil resulting from resource exploitation. This situation has created the deadliest conflict in the world since WWII, and the highest rates of sexual violence. According to a recent study (American Public Health Association, 2011), "four women are raped every five minutes”. Under constant threat of violence, displacement and hunger, it is a dangerous place to be a woman or a girl.

Our work in Bukavu last year involved facilitating healing support for women who are mothers, community leaders and survivors of intergenerational trauma.

In partnership with Peace Conflict and Resolution, a grassroots organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo founded by Pastor Samuel Muderhwa and his wife Faida, we are creating a community-driven action project to strengthen resilience. It is our belief that we are all whole, capable and resilient people, and with necessary supports, can self determine the healthy transformation of our communities. We have been restoring connections with traditional medicines, and our goal this year is to purchase land.  This land will become a place for cultivating further leadership, hope and self sufficiency.

By providing trauma counselling training for local women who have been affected by poverty and sexual violence, we offer an opportunity for our sisters to carry these teachings forward. 16 participants in the original program were empowered to share healing circles tailored to the needs of their own communities in South Kivu with over 400 people. 

Our collaborative, community-based model focuses on nature, storytelling, song, art and ceremony to celebrate the relationship between self, spirit and community. in January 2016, Kim Haxton & Meaghan Farquharson will be returning for the third phase of this project.

 We want to purchase land in the village of Kalagane in South Kivu. One of the requests that has emerged is around traditional health pratices and reconnecting to the knowledge that comes from the plant world,  Our goal is to buy land this year, with it being the foundation for food security and revitalization of medicinal plants.

This program is solely funded by private donations, and we are grateful to have received air miles for our flights from Schools without Borders. Together, we can self-determine the healthy transformation of our communities. We welcome your contribution to building new alliances for deep healing- supported, acknowledged and delivered by local Congolese women. Thank you for your support. Your generosity makes a difference.
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Kimi King 
Vancouver, BC

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