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As some of you may know, I've been working for the past few months to raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo called Action Kivu. I hope you'll read on about the organization, how I've become involved and how you can help.

Called the most deadly war on the planet since WWII, more than 5 million people have died in the conflict in Congo. 1500 continue to die per day, 45,000 per month. Many of those deaths are children and are due to the effects of war and poverty. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been labeled one of the worst places to be a woman, where rape is used as a weapon of war like nowhere before. Action Kivu was created to provide some of the Congo's victims of sexual-based violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance.

Action Kivu was founded in 2007 by Congolese educator and interpreter Amani Matabaro Tom and his wife, Amini Bukanda. When Amani's own cousins were raped and left with long-term physical and emotional damage, he decided to try to do something to help them rebuild their lives. Since his wife was a seamstress, learning to sew seemed the best option. When people heard about what they were doing, other victims arrived at their doorstep and Action Kivu's sewing workshop was born. Amani has since added education assistance for children to Action Kivu's program.

I became involved with Action Kivu through my friend Cate Haight and her connection to Kevin Sites. Kevin is a journalist who meet Amani when he traveled to eastern Congo in 2006. Kevin has been working to build awareness and raise funds for Action Kivu since it launched in 2007. About 6 months ago Cate and I took the reins to do the leg work involved in making Action Kivu a legal entity in the United States.

Next week, Cate and I are flying to Baltimore, MD., to meet Amani! Amani is attending a course at Johns Hopkins University, and we get to steal him away to pester him with questions and generally get to know him better in person.

It’s also a perfect time to be able to gift Amani with necessary items to document the wonderful work he does. Work that sometimes puts Amani and his family at risk for the unconditional support and education he offers to those in need in Congo. After his house was firebombed, Amani lost his camera and laptop computer. We would be honored to give him those items when we arrive in Baltimore, so he is equipped to share the stories of the school children and the women in the sewing workshop.

Here’s another chance for you to partner with Action Kivu’s work in the Congo! Do you have an old PC laptop that you no longer use? Your donation will be tax deductible, we just need you to itemize its worth for us, and you’ll receive a receipt. Please pass the word along to anyone you know who might have a computer to give, this is an amazing way to recycle/upcycle used electronics, and play a tangible role in partnering with Amani. Email us at cateandrebecca@gmail.com.

We’re so thankful for all your words of encouragement, advice and emotional and financial support.

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