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Sara’s New Hope: Action Kivu’s Sewing Workshop Community

We hear this story over and over from the sewing students and recent alumni – how being a part of a community, learning marketable skills, and embracing their equality as women is opening new doors for hope, for planning for the future. Sara, whose father died in the conflict, only attended school through grade 5

Nonviolence and Peace Put into Practice: Amani and the Congo Peace School

The Congo Peace School opens its doors on Monday, September 3rd! This month, our Founding Director Amani Matabaro trained the teachers and many of the students in some of the practices of nonviolence and peace. We’ve posted a video and more photos that are accessible when you support the school via our Patreon page for

Sewing Student Justine’s Plans to Lift up Congo

Meeting Justine today, it might be hard to tell that she felt scared on her first day at Action Kivu’s Sewing Workshop, not knowing what to expect, how to operate a foot-pedal sewing machine. Today she is confident, talking about her plans to start her own business, how she became the matriarch of her family

Meet Claudine: Organic Farmer, Future Literacy Student

“I wish I was a child to be able to attend the Congo Peace School! I want to be educated, but I was never given the chance to attend school.” Claudine, 25, is one of the farmers learning organic, aquaponic techniques to grow healthy food for herself, her family, and her community. Claudine will start

Congo Peace School Student Stories 2018

To Shadrack, the word peace means stability. “Congo needs that,” he told us in July, as he thought about what a school based on the principles of peace and nonviolence will mean for him, his country, and the world. Shadrack lives with his grandparents, after his father, a soldier, died when Shadrack was just six