Ushindi, a USAID-funded program addressing sexual and gender-based violence in Eastern Congo, honored project partners and achievements from 2010-2017 in a closing ceremony at the Jubilee Conference Center of HEAL Africa in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Friday.
Ushindi – meaning “we will overcome” in Swahili – was conceptualized by former British Baptist missionary Lyn Lusi, and implemented through funds committed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2009 visit to Goma. It has been implemented by IMA World Health.
During Ushindi’s seven years of implementation, IMA teamed with local partners to reach more than 32,000 SGBV survivors in Kivu Nord province providing medical treatment, psychosocial counseling, legal assistance and socio-economic reintegration. The Ushindi project worked through local communities to change attitudes and behaviors that underlie SGBV, disseminating messages that reached more than 2.5 million; and enlisted and equipped youth in particular – both girls and boys – as advocates for change.