Welcome!

Neema Namadamu on World Pulse magazine cover

Karibu – Welcome. I want to introduce you to the Maman Shujaa, or Hero Women of Congo, and our many initiatives to empower women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are grassroots advocates for Peace, for women’s rights, rights for the disabled, community rights, rights for nature, and the right to a future for our children. We operate a number of programs but really, all that we doing is about one thing; about lifting women, building women, elevating women’s understanding, capacity, and ability to be the women they were created to be, for themselves, their families, and their communities. The programs are about creating vehicles for women to discover the gift that they are and the gifts that they embody; to enable them to develop and employ those gifts in such a way as to release those gifts, that they might then follow the path of destiny that their gift creates for them.

You will read about our Media Centers where hundreds of Congolese voices have burst through the sound barrier and onto the global stage of the World Pulse forum. The Maman Shujaa have been quoted, and written about in many international news forums, like the Huffington Post, Politico, Time and People magazine; even Spain’s El Periodico. And what wisdoms I have heard speaking into me as each heart takes the microphone and gives release to an utterance formed out of the profound depth of their experience. Young and old, the roots of these women have gone deep and wrapped around one another, gaining confidence in their harmony and power in their accord. From this once dark corner of the world they are daily joining the universal chorus for peace and sanity, beaming with a resilient expectation as they march forward into a future of their own design. Once muted, now radiant; once disregarded, now admired; once cast aside, now leading the way; my Congolese sisterhood, the Maman Shujaa.

Be sure to check in with us regularly, and sign up for our newsletter so that you may stay abreast of our progress in manifesting the new Congo.

In Love,

Neema

LA Interview

LA Interview

Click on the link below to watch an interview of Neema in Los Angeles by Catherine Gray of 360 Karma for her You Go Girl series. The interview reveals the impact of Neema’s mom on the woman she has become, the power of technology for women in Congo, and how the DfG sani-pad program is… More

Merci Congo Screenings

Merci Congo Screenings

Neema had the privilege of appearing at pre-release screenings of Paul Freedman’s documentary, Merci Congo, in New York City, Washington DC, and Madison, WI. She was part of a panel assembled at each event to answer questions from a moderator and the audience. She said it was wonderful to see how much the audience loved… More

Bra Mitzvah!

Bra Mitzvah!

13 year-old Hannah Brooks from Los Angeles chose the Days for Girls – Keep Girls in School program as the charity for her Bat Mitzvah, collecting donations and bras. Then her aunt’s church in Michigan also campaigned for bra donations for Hannah, calling it a Bra-Mitzvah! Thank YOU Hannah and all for supporting adolescent girls… More

Neema photo gets over 200,000 Likes!

Neema photo gets over 200,000 Likes!

Renowned photographer Peter Muller was traveling with the Nobel Women’s delegation during their visit to the Maman Shujaa Center in Bukavu, DRC. While journalists were interviewing Neema outside the Center, Pete snapped a photo. As one of National Geographic’s photographers, he posted the picture on their NATGEO site, along with a short tribute. Within 24… More

International Women’s Day Festivities

International Women’s Day Festivities

The Maman Shujaa came together to toast one another, create and perform a skit, and just enjoy being HERO WOMEN! For more insight into our Day of Celebration, click on the link below! International Women’s Day Festivities at the Maman Shujaa Center More

Interview of Day for Girls Program Leader, Ariane Moza

Interview of Day for Girls Program Leader, Ariane Moza

An interview by Lauren Wolfe of Maman Shujaa Days for Girls team leader, Ariane Moza, appears in Women Under Siege: Simple Innovation Keeps Girls in School, Away from Child Marriage, in DRC.  Says Moza: “I consider these liners and shields like life, because if I don’t use this I’d be forced to use dirty fabric that… More

Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

A beautiful, revealing article by American journalist Lauren Wolfe on the Maman Shujaa of AEPIFHA, who work together to support one another in life as well as for their livelihoods. Click on this link: Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity     More

U.S. Special Envoy Face to Face w/ Maman Shujaa

U.S. Special Envoy Face to Face w/ Maman Shujaa

The Maman Shujaa were honored with a visit from the U.S. Special Envoy, Tom Perriello, to the Bukavu Center today. He toured our office, got an overview of our operations, why we were founded, our purpose and mission, and then sat down with the Maman Shujaa for some face time. The various Maman Shujaa representatives… More

Road to Itombwe!

Road to Itombwe!

Can you imagine 31 hours of this? We left Uvira at 6am and arrived at the Itombwe Center at 5pm the next day. Four hours to the forest and 31 hours in the forest to the Center! Stuck in the mud maybe 10 times for 2 hours, 3 hours, 1 hour, 2 hours…  The journey wasn’t easy,… More

Indigenous Maman Shujaa!

Indigenous Maman Shujaa!

Word is spreading! The Maman Shujaa are very happy that in October, an indigenous tribe sent three powerful young women – all high school graduates – to the Bukavu Maman Shujaa Center to learn English and computer. The indigenous community in the far north of our province found out about the Maman Shujaa Center from a man… More