Blog: Dispatches from Bukavu and Beyond

City of Joy Update: Highlights from 2015

     Introduction The following update explains the achievements of City of Joy in the healing of 178 women and girls who graduated in 2015 from the leadership program. It describes all the ingredients of the program that transformed the Pain of…

ONE BILLION RISING: RISE FOR REVOLUTION 2016 LAUNCHES IN DRC CONGO

Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence – yet the reality is…

PHOTO BLOG: V-World Farm Houses

Incredible progress is being made on the construction of the houses for the women who will live and work at V-World. These will ultimately be able to house 40 women. The houses are beautiful, simply designed. The houses feature a wonderful…

PHOTO BLOG: V-World Farm New Roads

City of Joy and V-World Farm Director Christine Schuler-Deschryver shared the following photos of the new roads and bridges built at V-World Farm. This infrastructure is critical to the farm as it makes it more accessible to jeeps and cars…

Report On The Graduation Day at City of Joy

On June 4, 2015, City of Joy graduated 88 women and girls of the seventh session in an extraordinary ceremony. Among the participants we had the Governor of South-Kivu province, local authorities, parents of graduates, members of partner associations/organizations, and…

PHOTO ESSAY: City of Joy & V-World Farm Continue to Blossom

The City of Joy is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Conceived, owned, and run by local Congolese, the City of Joy has flourished since it first opened…

GRADUATION OF THE SIXTH SESSION

When you enter City of Joy, the first thing that captures your attention is the beauty of the garden, the green lawn, and flowers of all colors which look like all colors which illuminate the Garden of Eden (rose, bougainvillea,…

City of Joy Update: Highlights from September 2014

The City of Joy continues to thrive as the sixth class of women move through the programing and classes. Director Christine Schuler-Deschryver shares this update on their coursework and trainings. For more information on the transformational work being done in Bukavu please visit…