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|About||Haven of Hope is a non profit organization with the mission of: Restoring the hope and lives of women and children shattered by sexual violence.|
|Mission||To restore the hope and lives of women and children shattered by sexual violence.|
Sexual violence is an epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and our hearts are troubled with the brutal terrorism being done to the women and children there. These precious women, mostly young girls whose ages average between 14-18, are raped violently, often gang raped, sometimes with broken glass bottles, tree branches, and rifles. They are frequently abducted from their villages, used as sex slaves and subjected to hard labor, terror and torture tactics. Once they are a victim of rape they are considered a “curse”; therefore, they are rejected by families, communities and villages. This type of rejection is mostly due to tribal customs and fear. The outcome of this rejection is most wind up homeless, abandoned to become wanderers and unable to afford education. Often, as a result of rape, these women become pregnant and their babies are labelled “snakes”. They too are rejected by society. For more than 5 years now, our friend Dr. Sosthene Birhange, who works out of Celpa hospital in Bukavu, has been performing reconstructive surgeries and baby deliveries for these women with very little or no financial compensation. Dr. Sosthene sees an average of 10 to 14 raped victims a month and this number would soar if his finances allowed. The problem continues to escalate after the surgeries and or baby deliveries because these women have no place to live or go. They cannot remain in the hospital therefore they are released to the streets of Bukavu.
Just imagine for one moment recovering on the streets after surgery, with no one to help you and dealing with all the pain of this experience on your own. Imagine giving birth to a baby and having to raise that newborn in the city with no shelter, no food or water. There is no government assistance program, their families and communities were either killed or reject them and few seem to care.
Haven of Hope’s primary purpose is to provide a plan of recovery for these rejected women via a transition
|Founded||August 19th, 2015|