Your support for women like Rosalie means action, creating lasting change and building brighter futures.
Help women like Rosalie thrive
This year alone, there are estimated to be 388 million women and girls worldwide living in extreme poverty.
Your generosity can truly make a difference by:
Enriching young minds with literacy and numeracy skills, beneficial in finding future employment
Providing necessities, including access to clean and safe water, and food for nourishment
Funding shelters that provide food, accommodation, counselling, legal assistance, and referrals to other services, including health and education, for women and children survivor of violence
Training vulnerable women to develop livelihood skills that help them support themselves and their children as they reintegrate into communities, building their independence and resilience
How Rosalie’s life transformed
When Rosalie from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was only 15 years old, she navigated battlefields and did all she could to stay alive.
In recent decades, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced ongoing political instability, violence and conflict, and the recruitment of child soldiers is all too common. Young girls like Rosalie are forced to join the army, trading their childhoods for guns.
When she left the army years later, Rosalie struggled to adjust to civilian life, with her childhood ripped from her and her education cut short by the war. She missed out on developing valuable skills and knowledge to help her secure employment and provide for her family.
Through the support of our partners, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and Caritas Bukavu, Rosalie was able to reintegrate into society and has now become an entrepreneur and a respected community leader.
In her community, she fights for gender equality and helps other women manage their money and start their own businesses. Her leadership is also inspiring other ex-combatants to overcome the trauma and violence of their past and to work towards building a more peaceful country for all future generations – for men and women alike.
Your generosity can empower women like Rosalie to break the cycle of poverty and inspire communities of women affected by conflict.