The Great Lakes region is one of the most difficult areas in Africa, hit by endless civil wars and inter-ethnic conflicts for several decades. As a result, human rights have been violated. Thousands of women and men have been victims of sexual abuse. Others have lost their fortunes and have become so poor that they are now unable to meet basic living needs. While most of those affected are emotionally exhausted, traumatised and helpless.
Due to such an appalling situation, thousands of youth are fleeing their cities and territories to the city of Uvira where they hope to find more safety, freedom and happiness. Unfortunately, upon their arrival in Uvira, they are faced with new challenges: discrimination in the workplace, corrective rape, robbery, murder, stigmatisation, homophobia, harassment, intimidation ...
These challenges have made this social group an outcast, isolated of his community, and of society.
Given this situation, as human rights defenders, a group of proactive from Eastern of DRC decided to create a non-profit organization to make a difference in our community.
Although DRC is a member and a subscriber of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, the government does not comply with its international human rights obligations, and provides no protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, homosexuality is criminalized in section 175 of the penal code, and the state does not recognize marriage equality rights for all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Homophobia takes many forms in DRCongo:
verbal abuse and intimidation
expulsion from school
discrimination at work
the production of anti-Gay movies
rejection and isolation from families, friends, and communities
denial of health care services
arbitrary arrest and imprisonment
All these forms of homophobia are destructive, not only for those who live openly as LGBT, but for our country and society as a whole. Children are taught to hate from an early age, and the cycle of prejudice, violence, and hate continues, generation after generation. This must be stopped.
We mobilize the international community to pressure the Congolese government to live up to its moral obligation, according to the United Nations Human Rights Declaration. We insist that all citizens are entitled to equal rights and protection under the law, and we seek a country where all can enjoy “life, liberty, and security of person.”
VISION Create a better future without any exclusion, in which justice, peace, dignity, equity, health, freedom are promoted and sustained over the long term.
COMMITED TO A THRIVING COMMUNITY
MISSION Guarantee justice, peace, health, dignity, freedom and an enabling environment for marginalized people regardless of their country of origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation.
OUR CORE VALUES
We believe that all our interactions with members, partners and stakeholders are the reflections of our INTEGRITY; we, therefore, maintain high ethical standards.
We are ACCOUNTABLE to our members, donors, funders, and partners to use resources to improve the lives of our community.
We strive to be accessible, adaptable, and RESPONSIVE, to demonstrate a sense of urgency in all our services and the support we provide to our community.
We foster INCLUSIVITY in all aspects of life, we keep an open mind and embrace positive challenge as our institutional culture.
We believe in RESPECT and dignity for everyone. Therefore, we are guided by RESPECT for human dignity.
We believe that our purposeful actions will ultimately make the difference we envision in our community, and we believe this can only be achieved through PASSION and volunteerism.
We are committed to investing quality time in EXCELLENT services that enrich the lives of our community.
WE strive to create opportunities for full access and participation of all marginalised groups in all aspects of society including economic, social, cultural and educational endeavours and contributes to the holistic development and wellness of individuals, family and community.
WE use the following four pillars in carrying out our mission:
Cultural Identity: promoting and maintaining the unique cultural Identity of African heritage, intergenerational cultural preservation and a sense of belonging.
Advancement and Empowerment: reduce inequality by improving the quality of lives of the communities through the empowerment of the diverse demographics.
Integration: improving the economic and social participation of the marginalised groups.
Resource Diversification and Organisational Sustainability: prioritise the development and integration of a detailed sustainability vision into its long-term strategic plan in a way that will create lasting value while also creating public trust.
OUR STRATEGIC GOALS
Security and protection from GBV risks and
Legal aid support
Economic empowerment & Adult education
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Mental Health Support
Improve employment opportunities through skills development and career support
Influence and advocate for LGBTIQ refugee resettlement through partnership support
Strengthen organisational resource diversification and financial sustainability
Build and maintain effective and efficient governance systems
Security and protection from GBV risks and Legal aid support
Ensure sound decision-making throughout the organisation
Research, dialogue and influence policies that affect sex workers & LGBTIQ
Advance the wellbeing and wellness of members through Psychosocial support for sex work & LGBTIQ
International exchange & capacity development