Global GAIN was launched in part to support women leaders who know that public office is an important pathway to having a positive impact in the lives of their community. Many women leaders struggle between balancing the demands of their personal and family responsibilities and their ambitions to run for office. Global GAIN was inspired to support women in Beni DRC who are working to learn how to be public leaders and ultimately run for office (if DRC will ever hold elections). A group of women lead by Monique Kabugho Murandya formed a network to promote one another in their quest to campaign for a variety of local elected positions.
Monique Kabugho Murandya also founded DRC Home - a place for abandoned and orphaned children in Beni, DRC (Congo). Currently, Monique cares for approx 7O children (this is a constantly changing number). She is supported only by the local community which is very poor and our donations. Beni DRC is one of the most dangerous unstable places on earth. A place that most people in the US have never even heard of let alone thought about. Over the past decades - especially the past 5 years Beni has been the epicenter of some of the worst terrorism on the planet. The children have been orphaned, abandoned, or literally thrown away. Some still have loving parents who are just too ill, injured or for other reasons unable to take care of them and have left them with Monique. Monique runs DRC Home with the help of fewer than 10 adults - most of who are not paid anything. They need food, clothing, school fees, medical care and so much more. Monique is also a candidate for provincial MP in North Kivu. She was a participant in a women’s campaign school sponsored by the McCain Institute - which is how we met. Monique is running for public office to bring attention to the plight of the many orphans ixn Beni who are the product of poverty and decades of war.
Contributions will go through Global GAIN. Global GAIN is a new US-based non-profit organization formed to support women like Monique who are running for office. Supporting DRC Home is one of our first programs of Global GAIN.
If you are interested supporting these children please contribute here.