M23 Rebels Take Goma
Dear friends of the coalition -
Yesterday the city of Goma was taken over by the rebel group M23. For months, M23 has been threatening to take the city, but until yesterday morning, those threats have been a part of war-as-usual.
As of yesterday morning, the capital city of North Kivu is now theirs.
How Do We Help?
March 9th, 2010
Falling Whistles would like to update you on the growth and progress of our programs in Congo as well as our advocacy initiatives at home.
In establishing our current partnership in Congo we proceeded slowly and cautiously. Over the course of several months we communicated with multiple Congolese-led organizations and carefully considered the implications of a partnership with each. We thoroughly examined the structural and ideological components of each organization, reconciling both budgets and goals. After selecting our current partner, we proceeded with slow diligence to develop a working agreement that fulfills the goals of both organizations. We are currently working alongside these grassroots leaders to rehabilitate 267 war-affected children in northeast Congo. The programs are Congolese envisioned, operated, and led. They are designed to help stop cycles of violence and dependency which have contributed to the conflicts in the past and present. By funding projects that reintegrate children into their communities and revitalize their social skills, we hope to help create a better future for them.