Our Run for Congo Women event series is off to a great start in 2010. In February, a group of Congolese women who had graduated from our year-long program took to the streets in Congo to run for other Congolese women, raising over $47,000 and inspiring thousands of people across the globe with their camaraderie. The momentum is unprecedented and this year we have the opportunity to make Run for Congo Women history by raising more awareness and funds for our DR Congo program than ever before. We have a brand new website and new fundraising tools for participants, and we’re excited to expand the movement to California, Texas and the UK.
But all of this progress is tempered by a harsh ongoing reality for the people of the DR Congo, who have endured the deadliest war since World War II – a war in which entire communities are ravaged and women are systematically gang raped, tortured, and abandoned. It is up to us to continue to help them get back on their feet. The funds raised through Run for Congo Women support the thousands of Congolese women survivors of war who participate in our year-long program, where they learn marketable job skills, gain an awareness of their rights, participate in trauma counseling, and receive direct financial assistance. Our goal is to give women the tools they need to move from victim to survivor to active citizen – ultimately helping create peace and development in the DR Congo one woman at a time.
We can’t do it without you.
Visit www.runforcongowomen.org to register for a 2010 Run for Congo Women event near you!
When you register, you’ll get a personal fundraising webpage and instructions on how to customize it and use it to help countless Congolese women. This year we are offering a series of great “thank you” prizes to those participants who meet the individual fundraising goals for their event! We’ve got brand new fundraising tips and tools in our toolkit to help you meet these goals and earn those prizes!
We hope you’ll join us.