Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Big Give Christmas Appeal.
Together, we raised an incredible £124,885 making Christmas 2020 a truly special one for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With the money raised, we will give more women like Theresa (story below) a second chance at education.
As a girl, Theresa attended primary school, but when her mother and father died, so did Theresa’s education. She was forced to work for her aunt and got married when she was still very young.
Her husband drank, and money was always sparse. He would also beat her, and Theresa cried most of the time. Theresa took it on herself to provide for her family. She took up dressmaking and helped local ministers, who helped her learn French, but not to read or write. Illiterate, she was still left out of opportunities in her community and unable to challenge the real issues that affected her, especially at home.
Theresa enrolled on our literacy and skills programme, where she learned how to read, write and how to manage her finances. Her confidence grew so much that she left her abusive husband to make her own way in the world with her children.
Today, Theresa’s life has completely changed. Thanks to supporters like you, she is now a leader in her community. Not only does she teach other women how to make dresses but inspires them to learn to read and write too.