Working together for health,
education and peace in the DRC
August 2016 Newsletter
What's coming up next?

Benefit Concert for Project SHE in DRC!! 

Come! Bring your friends! Donate! Be part of the Mwendo Congo community! FFI: Amy Chatelaine at Find out more here

Making a difference in Congo!
Project Updates
Speedboat for Health
Through a powerful partnership with Rotary Clubs, over $30,000 has been raised – then matched to a total of $151,000! – for purchase of a speedboat that will improve maternal and child health on South Idjwi Island in multiple ways.

Conflict Minerals Bill
The conflict minerals bills that were introduced in the MN House and Senate did not pass into law. We look forward to learning from this year’s legislative process and plan on going into the 2017 session with an even stronger strategy in place.


Project SHE
Earlier this summer, Mwendo Congo transferred the $30,000 raised thus far through Project SHE to our partners at Let Africa Live. The first building supplies for Let Africa Live's dormitory housing project are purchased, and construction has begun!  



Deepening Relationships with Our Partners

In June I had the opportunity to go back to the DRC. I spent a week by myself and was later joined by three members of Grace University Lutheran Church. We had a wonderful time deepening relationships with our partners and checking up on past projects including a trip to Idjwi Island, and conversations with sewing machine recipients from our project with LAV. I also explored the creative ways people in Luwhindja are working to provide electricity for their community (projects I hope to pursue in grad school). Read more about the DRC trip here.
-Peder Garnaas-Halvorson, Mwendo Congo Board Chair

A woman speaking to us about the health needs of women on Idjwi Island.

A woman who received a sewing machine from our project measuring me for a shirt.

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Peder Garnaas Halvorson, Board Chair, 651-230-6552
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