We at the Congo Leadership Initiative are very excited to announce that we have partnered with IED Congo, and will now have the Baraka Leadership Institute in addition to our Kinshasa Leadership Institute.
IED is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that aims to enable its beneficiaries to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Government, civil society and private sector have each a role to contribute to efforts geared towards the eradication of absolute poverty that the majority of Congolese are mired in. We want to fill our role by bringing to poor communities sustainable tools and strategies to fight poverty.
Here’s a statement from IED Congo about why they believe in the young leaders there:
A couple of days ago I posted on Facebook. The post reads ‘It is easier to get overwhelmed by the problems facing the DR Congo. There is so much that needs to be overcome. But every day we are making a difference’.
There are many organizations that make a difference in the lives of Congolese. This is very important and IED has been doing it for almost two years now in one of the DR Congo’s most unstable provinces, South Kivu. But in the celebration of these positive changes, we constantly ask ourselves whether the changes we make are lasting.
We strongly believe that sustainable change is the key towards a prosperous, stable and democratic DR Congo. And this can only be achieved by investing in efforts aiming to increase Congo’s capacity to solve its own problems. Thus, empowering Congo youth with the skills they need tonot only effectively take up leadership roles now and in the future but also become socially responsible leaders represents a right step in the right direction. -Washikala from IED Congo
CLI cannot wait to meet these new young leaders, and watch as youth across the Congo stand up and take action in their communities.
For more information about IED Congo, check them out here.