Helping people make the best of life in spite of the odds
Joan* developed AIDS following a gang rape when she was overtaken by a military group in the jungle during the civil war in the Congo. With the help of local counselors, she is now a volunteer convincing other Africans that AIDS is not a hex from the witchdoctor for bad behavior. She is also active in helping others accept and prevent the disease by educating communities about HIV, and thus reducing the stigma associated
Help us give people like "Joan" the opportunity to help other raped and AIDS affected women and children.
After surviving a severe torture session, a young rebel-boy named Jack* came to a hospital in Africa for treatment. He had been so badly injured, it was a wonder he was even alive. However, a few days after discussing the horrific episode in question with a counselor, he divulged that this was the first time that he had not had nightmares about a violent ordeal he had endured. In fact, he told us he had reached a sense of calm in his recuperation process and was very surprised about it.
His experience is an example of the work counselors in the Congo are performing to develop empathy and compassion among those who have been traumatized. Help us help former child soldiers/rebels like Jack* discover techniques to help them channel their rage and shame into positive energy and action.
*names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned