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.

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.


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Charity #: 760001-4324-RR0001

  • Many other of our donors contribute to the shelter throughout the year being part of one or more of the different campaigns that we run for shelter projects such building improvements, vocational training programs for the residents and purchases of school supplies.
  • Many families and individuals are joining our cause and contribute monthly as sponsors. They have decided to be the 'godparents' of one or more residents of the shelter and their monthly donation goes 100% to cover basic necessities such as housing, food, clothing and health care. 


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Assisting communities affected by war in Bukavu, Congo, Africa

Fr. Donato Lwiyando

Catholic priest and founder of the organization.

Our Team

Facilitating the integration of minors subjected to exploitation and sexual violence in the town of Bukavu, and their social protection.

Our Mission

Shelter Inc.

Hope of St. Joseph



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.

“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. 

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