Africa’s deeply troubled and broken heart, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is today beginning to emerge from 8 years of brutal civil war (often described as Africa’s first World War), four decades of misrule, and the total collapse of its economy and civil society. The second largest nation in Africa, and abundantly endowed with agricultural, mineral, hydroelectric and other resources, DRC is without question the most strategic country on that continent. Its choices, direction and future will significantly influence the religious, economic, and political outlook of much of the rest of Africa.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R. Congo) reached a historic milestone in 2006. For the first time in over 40 years, the people of D.R. Congo cast their ballots and chose a president through democratic elections widely acclaimed as free and fair. A new government was installed in January 2007. However, the government, the Church, and the whole nation are now faced with enormous challenges to rebuild their nation after years of war, poverty, and neglect. While the challenges are enormous, people carry hope and commitment to improve their lives.
by Congo Initiatitive
VISION: To train and develop strong, indigenous Christian leaders to transform their communities and their nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
MISSION: To model, nurture and shape an authentic redemptive community of Christ’s followers whose calling is to transform the society in the DRC.
Community – Share, support and collaborate with one another across cultures as individuals and corporately as followers of Christ.
“Being Transformed to Transform”
Since its initial conception in 2002, the goal of Congo Initiative has been to provide hope and healing for the Democratic Republic of Congo through higher education, Christian leadership development and community transformation. Its core project is the Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) / Chrisitan Bilingual University of Congo, located in the town of Beni, in North Kivu province. Launched in 2007, UCBC is an institution of higher learning that intentionally integrates academics, work and service-learning, rooted in Christian ethics
UCBC is a Congolese university founded in 2007,
located in the eastern part of D.R. Congo.
UCBC is a central project of the Congo Initiative
University education is not the only thing that takes place through Congo Initiative. Our vision “to train and develop strong, indigenous Christian leaders” includes the renewal of families and communities through our 5 community centers that stand in partnership with, but distinct from, UCBC(Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo).
Passionate about helping vulnerable and disadvantaged women to gain employment and skills for self-support, Dr. Kaswera Kasali works through the Center for Community and Family Renewal.