“It is thanks to your support we are protected and have food to eat. My children are all doing well at school. Because of your sponsorship I am not abandoned and I feel I am amongst the luckiest people.”

Heshima Project Member

Female Trauma Survivors

In the D.R.Congo women are often considered to be second class citizens. They are frequently victims of multiple brutal rape and abuse by militia or others. Sometimes they lose everything including their homes in militia attacks, and they are forced to flee. They can be badly injured and unable to work the way they used to. Sometimes they are thrown out of their homes by their husbands when they learn of the rape. As a consequence, ofter these ladies have no source of income and struggle to meet their daily needs.

The Heshima Project, seeks to empower vulnerable women in the Goma area, North Kivu, DRC, through the provision of financial and spiritual support and the setting up of income generation enterprises. 

Joseph Nsengiyumva, one of our partners at Comfort Congo put it best: 

“Our aim is to make the women self-reliant, lift them up morally and economically and to help them find a place in the very society that has bullied, tortured, martyred, stigmatised and dumped them; and to make them productive and able to look after their dependents.”

Congo highlighted on a map


Sponsor £30 a month to provide

  • Trauma support and community
  • Income generation activities
  • Training in basic business skills
  • Support towards self-sufficiency
A group discussion under a shelter