Longer Stories From Our Newsletters and Other News
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.
Amidst the chaos of closing U.S. borders to refugees in late January, Mwendo Congo co-founder Dr. Edwige Mubonzi spoke to large crowds at St. Joan of Arc Church to tell her own refugee story and the tragedy of silence in the face of human rights abuses in the Congo...
Reflections from Amy Chatelaine, organizer of the benefit performance: “This was a time to join our voices together in solidarity with the young people of the DRC affected by the ongoing conflict. Expressions of trauma and resilience were shared through music, dance, stories, and sculpture. We also heard stories from students of Let Africa Live, interspersed with a wide variety of beautiful music….
At our benefit concert in September, artist Mac Gimse read his poem written to honor Mother (Saint) Theresa. Click on this post to find the full text of the poem.
Our Voices Together Concert on September 23rd was a huge success! Through ticket sales, direct donations, and the silent auction we raised over $20,000! Thank you so much for everyone who came and especially the organizers and performers who made it such a special night.
This June I was given the opportunity to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the second time and to be a guide for three members of Grace University Lutheran Church (Barb Thomasson, Tom Mayer, and Randee Edmundson) who were visiting for the first time. A trip like this is too full to do justice with one post, but below I are some of the highlights (with pictures!).