Our new class of sewing school students started classes in February. Let me introduce you to one of them. Kindja is 19 years old and comes from a family of seven children. She was never able to go to school because she was helping care for her younger siblings. When she was 16, her mother […]

International Women’s Day 2021

Big news about special women at Congo Restoration International Women’s Day is a huge deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo — and in most countries. I want to share three things with you today as you take a moment to honor and celebrate this special day. 1. Update on Mama Gorethy: Our founder and executive director […]

Espe’s Story

In honor of this International Women’s Day, I want to share the story of Espe. At 19, Espe is the mother of a 7-year-old girl who attends our Congo Restoration primary school for girls. Espe was raped when she was only 12, then abandoned by her family and community.  Our Congo Restoration family took her in and […]

Mwamini’s Story

Mwamini’s Story The beautiful and confident woman in the center of this picture is Mwamini. She was our top student in her Congo Restoration Sewing School class. At her graduation ceremony, she shared her story, so we wanted to share it with you — the people who made it possible. Mwamini was raped and impregnated […]

Craig Wilbanks

Craig Wilbanks is a retired IT director in Chicago, who wants to focus his energies on helping people. He has been longtime supporter Congo Restoration and has admired how the organization makes every penny matter. “We keep an incredibly low overhead on our work, so that the money we raise truly gets to the community […]

Angela Lovell

Angela Lovell has spent her professional life and much of her personal life dedicated to assisting others in achieving their highest potential. She has 20 years of experience working in education at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Her passion is literacy development, and she works as a Dyslexia Specialist in Dallas. Congo Restoration relied […]

Mira Mutombo

Mira Nabushosi Mutombo, daughter of Mama Gorethy, serves as Treasurer on the Congo Restoration Board of Directors. Mira was born in the Congo, and came to Texas when her family fled the violence in 1997. Mira believes that educating women is key to rapid development for any society. She is proud of how impactful her […]

Debrianna Obara

Debrianna Obara joined the Congo Restoration Board of Directors after traveling to the DRC in 2018. While she loved her trip to this dynamic country – she saw that systemic sexism and poverty affected women and girls to a disproportionate level. “Witnessing the inequities was haunting,” she said. It was clear that every little effort […]

Dominique Diomi

Dominique Diomi is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been a member of the Congo Restoration Board of Directors for 11 years. He is a former president of the Congolese Community of Dallas Fort Worth, and owner of a logistics company in West Texas. “I have witnessed Congo Restoration transform many […]

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