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About Us

Rebuilding the shattered lives of Congolese women & children.


History of Hear Congo

Our Foundation’s name was inspired by three women in Kaleba H. Ngoie-Kasongo’s life, her Aunts – Shimba and Waninga and her husband’s aunt Tokyo. These women experienced devastating hardships as a bitter consequence of the challenging situation in DR Congo. The legacy of these women is Hope and Courage. Shitowa Foundation changed to Hear Congo in 2010 as we want to be voices for the voiceless Congolese women and children by pursuing a dynamic advocacy agenda globally.


Shimba, a once vibrant woman and mother to eight children, contracted HIV/AIDS through a blood transfusion. Then her husband left her without any support. Despite her desperate health and economic situation, she worked hard to take care of the children. Her lack of education did not hold back her clever mind; she seized every business opportunity, no matter how small, to provide for her family and herself, including selling cassava roots in the city. Shimba did not feel that she was any different than anyone else infected with HIV/AIDS, and lived her life with hope, courage and dignity. She died at age 52.


Tokyo lost her life to breast cancer. The Congo health care system, not being robust enough to provide early detection and preventative care, could not save Tokyo when the cancer was discovered in the very late stages. Nor is the health care system properly equipped to treat cancer patients.

Until Tokyo lost her battle to breast cancer, she held hope as her motto and encouraged those around her to work for a better future. Her life was a testimony of service to others.

Not having children of her own, she adopted several orphans and gave them the last drop of her energy until the day she died at age 58. She did not focus on her sufferings but sought to impact and inspire others by her courage and a strong character.


Waninga is yet another victim of breast cancer, but unlike Tokyo, has been a victorious survivor. A mother of five, she was diagnosed in her early forties. While undergoing treatment, she continued to work passionately at her job as a principal of a private school in Lubumbashi, Congo, DRC. She is an inspiration to the young women in her school and it’s her desire for them to achieve their dreams in a country where a hopeful future seems all but lost.

Each of these women is a testament to the sacred concept that no other human being should rob you of the joy of living and being human. Their stories will forever inspire us to change thousands of lives for women and children in Congo.