A cup for Humanity

History

A Cup for Humanity was born from a long history of individual and collective experience about violent conflicts in the eastern democratic republic of Congo and the need to address its causes at the micro level. It is reported that more than six millions Congolese have died due to direct or indirect consequences of such violence. Besides, due to the intricacy of the violence, the Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked number one with most new displacement by conflict and violence, with almost 2.2 million new cases, more than twice the number in 2016 and more than the next three worst-affected countries in the region combined. Moreover, Congolese refugees are scattered around the region in neighbouring countries and beyond with hope to find again a place they call home.

The unrelenting cycles of violence, and their subsequent effects, embodied by severe human rights violations put the conflict itself among one of the world’s largest, most acute and complex warfare of our time and there is an urgent need of reconciliation efforts to bring it to an end. It should be held that, ethnicity, power struggle among others are the major precursors of such violence. the eastern Congo is characterized among the most evangelized/Christianised areas in the country (nominally speaking at least there is a swift cartographic expansion of churches in the area). Therefore, it would seem anomalous to see such kind of inhumane acts of violence arise and claim a central place in the society.

A swift degradation of such critical centrality of the gospel in society, which saw communities adopting the culture of violence as the best alternative to engaging conflicts thus making killing a commonplace, poses the enigma about the level of inconceivable ‘Christianity-violence cohabitation’. The question is: how could such culture of violence and obliteration rise at all and why did people adopt it with overmuch eagerness and what is the role of the church in offering new alternatives against violence? Without denying the contribution of other stakeholders in addressing the conflict in the eastern Congo, it is obvious that question evokes a new Christian approach to address the problem at the micro level in order to create new identities in Christ. Therefore looking at the profoundly brokenness of the society by civil conflict, by economic exclusion, by inconceivable human rights abuses, by disease, and by a failure to acknowledge the human dignity of the other, has set an alarm to contextually re-adapt both the method and message of reconciliation and community healing in the eastern Congo.

Uvira territory

There are at least reported seventy armed groups active in the eastern Congo,  Uvira Zone of the South Kivu province entertaining their highest density.

Besides violent conflicts in Uvira and its adjacent areas, available empirical evidence clearly suggests that the region is still affected by deep-rooted violent conflicts. Consequently, many survivors are forced to leave their homes and start a perilous journey of forced migration. Some become refugees, while others become internally displaced people. 

Victims of war and genocide suffer an unspeakable level of trauma and stress which do not only hinder them from living a normal human life but the process renders them vulnerable in society. Among the victims, women and children are affected disproportionately. Due to trauma-related effects, many young women and children quit from leading a normal course of life by dropping from school, stopping from pursuing their dream and at the end fall into an endless circle of vulnerability.

Project Focus

A Cup For Humanity applies a social transformational strategy which will be implemented within three major pillars namely: Reconciliation and community healing, Education, and Empowering refugees/displaced people. The project will establish a center for reconciliation and community healing in Uvira zone which will serve as a beacon of peace in the eastern Congo and beyond. The centre will serve as a platform for shaping ideologies and providing an alternative against violence. Furthermore, it provides education (formal and non-formal) by conveying education courses with an emphasis on providing the education system with the means to strengthen social skills and the appreciation of tolerance, reconciliation, and peace in national development.

Whilst, the project is established locally to address conflagrating ideologies at the individual micro level, it bears at the same time a global vision to plant the culture of peace and tolerance. 

Finances

Major items to be financed include:

  • School ( starting with a modern kindergarden) 
  • Sponsor a child (education)
  • Visiting refugee camps and empowering them in thelogy of migration
  • Initiating first psychoeducation for healing
  • Administrative costs 

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