Fr. Donato Lwiyando
Catholic priest and founder of the organization.
Facilitating the integration of minors subjected to exploitation and sexual violence in the town of Bukavu, and their social protection.
“Saint Joseph Shelter” is a response to one of the serious consequences of the war in the DR Congo, especially in the east of the country. This war started in August 2, 1998, and has killed more than 5 million people. According to Tia M. Palermo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Graduate Program in Public Health, more than 400,000 women were raped only in 2006 and 2007.
st joseph shelter history
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For 10 years, Father Donato Lwiyando and a dedicated team of volunteers have devoted their energy to passionately support poor communities affected by war in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. St Joseph Shelter (Hope of St Joseph Shelter Inc - Canada) provides safe housing, guidance and skill development to abused and sexually exploited women and their new-born children.
Find out how you can contribute to the future of a young woman and her child in need through donations of money and time. We also invite you to explore the website to learn more about the crisis in The Congo.
Assisting communities affected by war in Bukavu, Congo, Africa
Hope of St. Joseph
A DEDICATED GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN BUKAVU, CONGO, AFRICA
Welcoming the girls, looking after the needs of the group, taking care of the little ones, training the members of the St. Joseph Shelter to facilitate an easier reinsertion into society.
Charity #: 760001-4324-RR0001
Your donation will help many girls who have been victims of massive rapes used as a war weapon. One of the undercover wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the practice of these rapes as a combat strategy used by militias and para-militias in the zone.
thOSE IN NEED