Empowering women and communities in DR Congo

About the Project

Literacy and health go hand-in-hand.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), illiteracy rates are extremely high, especially among women. This contributes to their vulnerability, marginalization and economic dependency – and it is one of the barriers preventing women from holding community leadership positions, accessing critical health information or managing household finances.

All of these factors play a role in the epidemic of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) that plagues parts of DRC.



Timeframe: 2010-2015

Donor: Private and individual donors


IMA’s Role: Lead Agency

In conjunction with the USHINDI Project, our Literacy Circles teach basic reading, writing and arithmetic to survivors of SGBV – both male and female – as well as other community members who wish to attend. Literacy Circles help survivors of SGBV reintegrate back into the community while gaining confidence and valuable skills. The lessons, given by local teachers, utilize key messages about women’s rights and equality to make each session doubly empowering and educational for all who attend.

When you think about literacy this way, it all adds up.

Key Achievements

  • Supported 2,704 people through literacy training to date

Get Involved

Our Literacy Circles are in need of chalk, slates, teacher and student manuals, flashcards and more – all of which are best purchased by our staff in the DRC. We also pay a small stipend to the teachers for their time.

Help us empower women by making your donation now!