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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A simple house near Kigali, with two cows grazing in the garden. This is where Olivia lives with her mother. Olivia is 21 years old. It was 21 years ago that the genocide took place in Rwanda - something that will always be a part of their life. It was during the genocide when her mother was raped and became pregnant with Olivia. Our Rwandan partner organisation SEVOTA is helping the two of them to overcome their conflicts and accept each other.
Rwanda: Children of the Genocide
medica mondiale has been collaborating with the Congolese women’s rights organization PAIF (Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines) since 2004. PAIF provides assistance to raped women and girls in the Kivu provinces and informs them about sexualised violence. Many of the affected women have joined together in savings and support groups.
DR Congo: Women Support Groups Provide Streng...
Our partner organisation MEMPROW (Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women (MEMPROW) visits communities and raises awareness of sexualised violence, reproductive health and women’s rights.
Uganda: Women need to know their rights
In the centre of the Burundian capital Bujumbura is Marthe Robin House. It offers shelter and more to pregnant women and girls who have been thrown out of their family. Psychosocial support and a range of training opportunities also open up chances for the future.
Burundi: A House of Hope
Our partner organisation MEMPROW (Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women (MEMPROW) visits schools to educate on the issues of sexualised violence and contraception. At these events, networks are formed which give strength and confidence to young women.
Uganda: Education is Key
In the savings groups of our partner organisation FOWAC, women who have been affected by violence can save up the money they need to start their own business. The members meet regularly with an advisor, share their experiences, sing and empower each other.
Uganda: Empowerment, Stabilisation, Solidarit...
In the province of South Kivu, our partner organisation PAIF offers literacy courses to girls. The PAIF staff also raise awareness about violence against women, document cases of sexualised violence, and advocate for the prosecution of the perpetrators.
DR Congo: Literacy Courses for Girls
The youth forums organised by our partner organisation SEVOTA provide a chance to share for young people whose mothers were raped during the genocide. Some of them have formed self-help groups, play music, rehearse dances and then perform together.
Rwanda: Dancing Connects
For a whole year, the women in the savings group organised by our partner organisation FOWAC have been putting money aside. Now it is pay-out day. The advisors from FOWAC are handing out the savings books.
Uganda: Saving Money to Start a Business