An Educational Iniative for Victims of Sexual Violence

About the Wamu Project

The Wamu Center is our pilot initiative in post-conflict zones. The Center is a psycho-social rehabilitation program that works to help women recover from the trauma of sexual violence and empowers them to take their place at the forefront of rebuilding their communities in the name of peace.

The Center is the namesake of the main character of the Women in War Zones documentary: Helene Wamuzila. Helene was a leader among her peers and a firm believer in education as the key to helping women in Congo. Scott, Melanie and Brad became good friends with this amazing lady during their stay in Bukavu, and it was her untimely passing after the release of the film that was the impetus for the Women in War Zones movement, and in an incredibly fated way: the Wamu Center.

We believe that the Wamu Center is a gigantic leap in the direction of hope and rejoicing for women in Eastern Congo and will empower Congolese women to join the ranks of other strong women leaders who have led the cause of peace and human rights in their countries.

We are
UNBELIEVABLY
excited to see how our WamuWomen change their families, communities and indeed…the WORLD.
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How Will it be Done?
Wamu takes a holistic approach to healing and empowerment of women. The center provides the following services:
Literacy

> A general and medical library
> Literacy classes in French and Swahili
> Conversational English Classes
> Computer Literacy Classes

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Counseling

> Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
> Clinical Arts Therapy

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Opportunity

> Money Management Classes
> Micro-credit and micro-savings programs
> Scholarships for girls through primary and secondary school
> Employment opportunities for Wamu graduates
> Production and use of environmentally-friendly products and ideas

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