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Congolese Females Actions for Promoting Rights and Development (COFAPRI)

COFAPRI is a locally-based grassroots organisation in the rural villages of South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo.

COFAPRI was created in 2009. Since then, we have been teaching rural women about their rights, encouraging them to participate in income-generating activities, helping children to access education and educating the global population on ways of improving their living conditions, using DVDs.

In addition, women and girls are given special attention: they get reusable FEMpads for improving their hygiene. They will soon be making such pads.

Many of our beneficiaries are women and girls who are from poor families, have been raped or who have been victims of domestic violence, and children born of rape.

Through bringing together these women and children, and helping them for a better life, they become empowered with the mutual support of the group.

We work in 36 villages in the region and, whenever possible, we involve local leaders and encourage the support of men and boys.

COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo.

The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as sewing and knitting projects, and the rearing of livestock.

COFAPRI also sponsors the education of children and provides them with school equipment.

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