Bahati Valerie, co-founder of COFAPRI, has set off for DR Congo, to make a follow-up on the sewing centres and to see how the children are getting along with their school education.

Just as she did with the sewing, she is learning some knitting skills which she will be sharing with COFAPRI women and girls.

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“Those people who help us are very good; they don’t know us, but now they help. God bless them…  this is unity and good collaboration. Outsiders are helping us and our government is just keeping silent. We thank you; God bless you all.”  Mushagalusa Ezéchiel

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“COFAPRI gave me a second chance,”says Francine proudly.

“Thanks to them I learnt that even if I have a permanent scar on my heart, the rape was not the end of my life. I was a victim once, but I won’t be a victim forever.

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COFAPRI is committed to helping women and girls survivors of rape and domestic violence that is rampant in the DRC due to repetitive wars…

Co-founder Bahati has taken some sewing courses and shares her skills with members in the villages.

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“The way you see me here is the way I am every day: no shoes, no food, nothing.

I see other children going to school, but me – not. My mother is poor. But I heard you are helping people around here; I will tell my mother to come and me, too, I will come, ok?”

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‘You are my fathers and I am your son… Think of how to arrest those who rape these women we are serving and not us who serve them.’ – COFAPRI coordinator tells police.

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