Monthly Archives: May 2013

Connect with Congo: Women who Weave

Walking out the door to the local market to fill up your cupboard with locally grown fruits and vegetables  – don’t you wish you could pick up one of these beautiful, hand-made baskets for your market day? The women at the Mumosho Women’s Center have begun to learn basket weaving.  Depending on the size, they

Planting Seeds in Congo: Hope Seen Through a Photographer’s Lens

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson This spring, photographer Emma O’Brien traveled from South Africa to DR Congo. As part of of her Faces of Courage project, she visited Amani to document the work he’s doing through ABFEK / Action Kivu

Gift Hope This Mother’s Day: Sewing Kits for Graduates to Start a Business in Congo

“Happy Mother’s Day!” a man said to me as I passed his gate. Before thinking, I replied in instinctive, cultural politeness, “Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!” Similar to when someone at an airline desk tells me to have a safe flight and I reply without thinking, “You too!” They nod, stuck behind the desk

Threads of Education: Meet Sewing Trainer Rosine

Rosine meets with the sewing students at the Mumosho Women’s Center, leaning over a shoulder to check one woman’s work, eyeing the stiching of another’s, offering encouragement and tips on creating gorgeous garments from a bolt of fabric, needles, thread, and a simple Singer sewing machine. At 22, Rosine is as young as many of