For more than a decade, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been host to many challenges. The most reported events in the international community have been tales of violent conflicts and the plight of women in this region. On the other hand, the DR Congo is a place of unimaginable natural beauty and has so much to offer to the world. The country has the natural and human resources to be one of the richest countries on earth. It is estimated that DR Congo holds the world largest reserves of cobalt and coltan, minerals needed to manufacture our electronic devices.
The DRC has more positive stories about women than rape and oppression. Its young population is ready to take the country to its new heights. It is possible for Congo to rise.
Its women and young leaders can benefit enormously from professional and cultural exchange initiatives to promote education and economic development for a better Congo, a stronger Africa and a better world.
Additionally, powerful stories of rising Congolese women, young men and girls who are contributing to the human development of the people should be told to inspire and promote social change in the nation and around the world.
Ten American professional delegates will travel to Congo this summer to volunteer their time and talents to contribute to women and youth empowerment in Congo in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, psychosocial care and storytelling.
The awards of their participation will live for years and will expand throughout Congo’s population of women and youth. In return, they will have an unforgettable experience of their lifetime as they immerse in the Congolese culture changing lives in the African nation.
OBJECTIVE 1- Innovation
The delegates will lend their expertise to innovate the HEAR Congo vocational and technical education program with the aim of making it of higher quality capable of responding better and more rapidly to the needs of the labor market regionally and globally.
OBJECTIVE 2- Cultural exchange and economic development
The delegates will share their knowledge and successes in their industry with other Congolese professionals in a cultural exchange context in a series of workshops and conferences. The aim is to promote women and youth entrepreneurship in main sectors supporting economic development as well as leadership to ignite social change.
OBJECTIVE 3 – Highlight role models and promote social change
The pool of our media team members includes journalists who have worked with FOX, BBC, SAVOY, Washington Post, People Magazine, Education Week and the New York Post. They will document powerful stories of three women and three young men and women who are making a difference in their community through programs offered by HEAR Congo in the area of health, education, democracy and entrepreneurship. The purpose is to inspire, raise awareness as well as fundraise to continue supporting the life-changing work of women and girls in DR Congo.
All delegates are carefully selected and vetted.
Our delegates are extremely talented professionals, community leaders who are passionately contributing their precious time and expertise to make a difference at home and in the world.
Their gift to Congo and humanity is invaluable. We are so thankful to share our mission with them and work collaboratively, respectfully and passionately.
If interested in more ways to get involved with the program please contact:
Kaleba H. Ngoie-Kasongo kaleba[at hearcongo.org
Aura Ordonez aordo019[at]fiu.edu
In partnership with :
United Nations Development Program UNDP
US Embassy/DR Congo
The Office of the Governor, Lualaba Province, DR Congo
HEAR Congo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under TAX ID number 26-0143092. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States according to IRS regulations.