Great Lakes Region
With its Grant Program, medica mondiale makes available financial assistance of between 5,000 and 30,000 euros annually to selected partners, with accompanying expert support. In this way, local infrastructure and networks can be established, helping to ensure the availability of healthcare, counselling and direct assistance for women and girls. Here medica mondiale concentrates on cooperation with women's organisations in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
You can find further information on our work in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa here.
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Godelieve Mukasarasi, the founder and director of SEVOTA, has been committed to women's rights in her country since the end of the genocide. Together with the Rwandan organisation KANYARWANDA, she initiated the first Women's Forums in 2005. SEVOTA (Solidarité pour l'Epanouissement des Veuves et des Orphelins visant le Travail et l'Auto promotion) is a partner of medica mondiale in Rwanda.
Rwanda: Godelieve Mukasarasi, founder of SEVO...
Founder of the Congolese women's rights organization PAIF - Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines (Promotion and support of women's initiatives) - partner organisation of medica mondiale in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
DR Congo: Immaculee Birhaheka, Director of PA...
With support from medica mondiale FOWAC (Foundation of Women Affected by Conflict) has been providing assistance for survivors of sexualised wartime violence in northern Uganda since 2006, helping them to reintegrate into their families and village communities. Grace Arach (left) in a counselling session.
Uganda: Grace Arach, Managing Director of FOW...
An event organised by the Congolese women's rights organization PAIF - Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines (Promotion and support of women's initiatives) for clients in Goma, North Kivu.
DR Congo: Support for women and girls
Measures to help generate income and micro-credits are two ways PAIF, as a partner organisation of medica mondiale, helps young women and their families in Goma, North Kivu.
DR Congo: Strengthening women and their famil...
The women's rights organisation SEVOTA, a partner of medica mondiale in Rwanda, has organised women's forums since 2005. Here many women have their first opportunity to speak about their experiences during the genocide and their often strained relationship to their children.
Rwanda: Speaking about experiences of war
Offering advice and counselling is not the only way the women's rights organisation PAIF supports survivors of sexualised violence. PAIF also educates families, communities, and institutions about violence against women, documents cases of sexualized violence, and advocates for the prosecution of the perpetrators.
DR Congo: Supporting women
Since the beginning of the military conflicts in the early 80s, large numbers of young women and girls have been kidnapped, raped and sexually enslaved. With support from medica mondiale, FOWAC (Foundation of Women Affected by Conflict) has been counselling and assisting survivors of sexualised wartime violence since 2006.
Uganda: Counselling for survivors
It can be very healing to meet other women who shared a similar fate. Many Rwandan women spent years in the belief they were the only ones to become pregnant because of the rapes.
Rwanda: Sharing in women’s forums