We work with the province to help remove systemic barriers preventing female survivors of sexual violence from accessing justice. Our partnership’s gender-based violence (GBV) prevention pilot project with the Diocese of Aru aims to prevent violence against women by equipping faith and community leaders to educate their communities and reduce the devastating effects of violence on individuals and their communities. The program supports survivors with immediate medical care, as well as psychological support and follow-up care. Additionally, the project provides support to survivors, including legal representation against aggressors in court. With our support, the Diocese of Bukavu began a similar program.
The Diocese of Aru, with our support, created community networks to respond to COVID-19. The Church produced and broadcast radio messages and developed other communication strategies to address misinformation about the virus. Additionally, we helped to equip the Adranga Health Center with personal protective equipment to strengthen its response. The project is also strengthening resilience and social cohesion beyond COVID-19 by working with community members as they pay closer attention to the physical and psychosocial and economic well-being of community members, particularly girls and women.
47,658 people reached by long-term development programs
625 women took part in programs to increase their economic resilience
1,576 people took part in programs to reduce violence against women and girls