Action Kivu invests in the women, children and communities of Congo through vocational training and education, creating paths toward peace and prosperity.


Our approach is spearheaded through two avenues:



Growing out of our original two sewing workshops we’ve expanded to various vocational programs, including sewing, baking, basket making courses, agricultural training, animal husbandry, and literacy classes. Through these programs women acquire the skills and capacity to work on their own and provide for themselves and their families.


Sewing Workshop 7.2015


Action Kivu works in partnership with primary and secondary schools in Congo to fund the education of vulnerable children affected by the ongoing conflict. Some of the students sponsored are now at the top of their classes.



The entrepreneurial programs and the schools are located in and around the city of Bukavu. Bukavu is the capital of South Kivu, a region of Congo that borders Rwanda. Visit our Learn More About Congo page to see a map of Bukavu.


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Action Kivu exists to support non-profits in Congo (DRC) that are working to bring peace, healing, and educational and vocational opportunities to the victims of the ongoing conflict. We are currently partnered with Actions pour le Bien ĂȘtre de la Femme et de l’Enfant au Congo (ABFEC), a Congolese non-profit organization that runs Entrepreneurial, Community Building, and Health Educational programs as well as the Educational Assistance Program.

ABFEC (formerly ABFEK) is a homegrown operation started in a one-room shack in South Kivu, DRC with three foot-pedaled sewing machines. It was founded with a deep sense of compassion and love by Congolese educator and interpreter Amani Matabaro Tom and his wife, Amini Bukanda.

When Amani’s own cousins were raped and left with long term physical and emotional damage, he decided to do something to help them. Since his wife was a seamstress, learning to sew seemed the best option. When people heard about what they were doing, other victims arrived at their doorstep and ABFEC was born.

ABFEC is registered as a local non-governmental organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Action Kivu, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charity in the United States. Our EIN is 27-3537799.

Your support of Action Kivu enables direct human to human assistance to those suffering from unspeakable violence, giving them the tools to be agents of peace and change. It also encourages homegrown and sustainable solutions by caring individuals.


Primary school fees, including uniforms, copy books, pencils and slates = $6.25 a month, or $75.00 a year per student.

Secondary school fees, including uniforms, copy books, pencils and slates = $8.00 a month, or $95.00 a year per student.

The operating costs for the entrepreneurial programs include: food, shelter and supplies for students who travel to Bukavu from other villages, instructor salaries, building rent, and eventually equipment supplies for graduates.

$200 purchases one sewing kit for a graduate of our Sewing Workshop (including a hand or pedal-powered machine, fabric, and the tools to start her own business.

$80 buys a goat for a family in our My Goat is Your Goat program.

$35/month sends a woman to the Sewing Workshop.

$100 pays the monthly salary of one of our three literacy teachers.

Questions? Looking to invest in the people of Congo at this community level? Contact our Executive Director, Rebecca Snavely, at actionkivu@gmail.com.