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

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

Rwenena Kids

Rwenena Kids

The Maman Shujaa have just launched a new program—Educate 100 Vulnerable Children—in collaboration with our dear and compassionate friend, Annette Scarpitta. Isn’t she beautiful?! Now she will be educated! Learn more about the program on the Rwenena Kids program page. Thank YOU for your support! More

End of Year Maman Shujaa Update

End of Year Maman Shujaa Update

Click on the link below and see the latest Maman Shujaa Update about the Merci Congo documentary, Days for Girls program, our representation at COP21 in Paris, Maman Shujaa Impact, and opportunities for your impact through the Maman Shujaa. End of the Year Maman Shujaa Update More

The Days for Girls – Keep Girls in School Program

The Days for Girls – Keep Girls in School Program

The Maman Shujaa are so happy to be delivering the Days for Girls (DfG) washable, reusable sanitary napkin kits into the remote, isolated area of the Itombwe mountains of our province in eastern Congo. Click on the link below to watch the 2-minute video for a description of the impact this simple solution can present for the next… More

Mid-Year Maman Shujaa Update!

Mid-Year Maman Shujaa Update!

The Maman Shujaa have moved into the Itombwe Center, launching three programs. Read about what’s going on. Learn about Maman Shujaa Impact in our province, and read our tribute to Hero Women Rising founder, Carmen Stone. Mid-Year Maman Shujaa Update More

One Half of Humanity

One Half of Humanity

Read a truth-telling interview of Neema about her meeting with U.S. Special Envoy to DRC, Russ Feingold, on SisterPerspectives. Click on: One Half of Humanity More