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Invite members of Mwendo Congo (see "about us") to your school, club, place of worship, house meeting, etc. Tell others about the situation in eastern Congo. Look for upcoming events and presentations on our events page. E-mail us with questions and requests!
Visit the “Advocacy” page to find information on how conflict minerals contribute to the continuing violence in the DRC. There are also resources on how to buy conflict free and how to contact your representatives.
Tax deductible donations may be made online here. Or, if you prefer, you can send checks made payable to Mwendo Congo to Mwendo Congo, c/o Liz Andress, 1620 Aquila Ave. N., Golden Valley, MN 55427. Thank you!
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University Lutheran Church of Hope (ULCH) became the first faith-based organization in Minnesota to adopt a conflict-free DRC procurement policy. The ULCH Board learned how conscientious purchasing of electronics could support peace in the Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) from attorney-member Sonja Peterson. This isn’t the first time Sonja's advocacy for DRC has led to action for change.
The Mwendo Congo board is excited to be hosting a three-week exchange visit from our partners at Let Africa Live. Let Africa Live (Laissez l’Afrique Vivre or LAV) is a non-profit organization in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) founded and led by Congolese professionals. LAV provides job skill training and psychosocial support to vulnerable youth, including victims of war, former child soldiers, victims of sexual abuse and survivors of violence.
Watch this inspiring and moving new video from our partner Let Africa Live that was made just months ago in the DRC.
A powerful coalition of Congolese religious, civil society and opposition party leaders, united under the CLC (Lay Coordinating Committee) continue their demands for free and fair elections in 2018. Read more…
Mwendo Congo co-hosted a forum on conflict minerals on May 1st, sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Here are some of the key things we learned from the speaker and panelists.
Sadaf Rahmani, aide to U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, met with Mwendo Congo leaders Lisa Nilles and Liz Andress in March to discuss the political crisis in the DRC. The goal is to ensure on-going pressure by the U.S. on the DRC government for free and fair elections in 2018.
At a meeting in Paris in August 2017, leaders of Congolese citizens’ movements, civil society organizations and the Catholic Church launched the “Manifesto of the Congolese Citizen,” calling upon all Congolese to protest the failure of the current government to hold to the promises of the 2016 New Year’s Eve agreement and to participate in the creation of a more just society.
The Mwendo Congo community gathered at Wabun Park in August for a fun afternoon of conversation, crafts, good food, music, and celebration of grants made to Congolese partners. Over 50 people, of all ages and backgrounds, connected with one another and with partners in the DRC.
Our partnership with Congo-based Idjwi Initiative continues as they seek to bring desperately needed maternal and child health services to the communities of South Idjwi Island in eastern Congo. Here we profile the co-founder and president of Idjwi Initiative, Pastor Christian Mubonzi.
Currently Mwendo Congo has a board of four members. We are eager to expand to a larger group, in order to expand our skill sets and engage different perspectives. Read about Keira Kim's experience on the board and contact us if you would like to explore a board or other volunteer role.