In addition to the donation of money, thanks to our stellar pool of DJs, the DJs For DRC project has involved the donation of time, with Jay Haze and his crew researching and communicating with various Congolese charities. In the end, we have selected two organizations. Each participating DJ can choose which charity their money will go toward; otherwise the remaining money will be more or less split equally between the two charities. More about the charities follows below, with links for further information. Please spread the word!
SOS Village Dâ€™enfants‘ mission is to provide housing, medical and educational facilities for the many orphans in the Congo area. Inherent to the fighting in Congo is the death of the parents of many children. Homes, hospitals and schools have been destroyed. Families have found themselves without food, water, shelter or other basic services. Children are especially vulnerable and many have died due to malnutrition and other preventable diseases. The aim of the charity is to support the surviving children in by constructing family homes and much-needed facilities such as nursery and primary schools and a medical centre helping 5000 patients per year. In the spirit of giving during this holiday season, you might feel like making a contribution yourself!
VICO (Village Cobayes)’s mission is to provide medical, psychological and judicial assistance to women who have been sexually abused. The UN has recorded at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence against women and girls in the region since the conflict began in 1996. Human rights groups say sexual violence in Congo has been widespread and systematic over the last 15 years, with more than a dozen armed groups using rape to terrorise, punish, and control civilians. [source: Guardian UK]