Daily life in the marketplace of the Mudaka area in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.13.2017
       
     
 Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  10.14.2017
       
     
 It has been said that joy is a decision. An often difficult and courageous decision ... but our attitudes are still so often a choice in how we respond to life.   Examples of this can be seen each and every day, but it is something that I witness regularly when traveling to some of the poorest parts of the world — people choosing to smile and to make the best of incredibly challenging situations.  Few have exemplified this grace more than the women I met while in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These female harvesters work up to 14 hours a day, are each a mother to many, a wife (to one or several) and are often the primary income earner of the household. Despite their efforts, women are still considered “less than” their male counterparts and the majority live in extreme poverty. And yet, during my time with them the women would frequently take a moments rest from their work to sing, dance and joke with one another; for those moments, they chose joy.  10.20.2017
       
     
 Congolese women load sacks full of dried soya beans in a market outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.13.2017
       
     
 Daily life in the marketplace of the Mudaka area in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.13.2017
       
     
 In a country where 1 in 10 children will die before their 5th birthday, where nearly 4 million people are internally displaced and where it is estimated that half of the population (some 35 million people) lacks access to clean, safe drinking water, Asili DRC is working to create sustainable change. An initiative of the American Refugee Committee, Asili is a social enterprise that is providing access to healthcare, micro financing and access to clean water in parts of the country where people once walked for miles to gather what was often contaminated water. Pictured here is one of their clean water kiosks in the Mudaka area, outside of the city of Bukavu. Patrons pay a nominal fee ($.006) to fill a jerry can of water; though the concept of paying for water is relatively new, attitudes are slowly changing as people become personally invested in the Asili model, willing and proud to pay for value and for a system that is creating a better future for Congo.  10.14.2017
       
     
 Daily life in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo  10.16.2017
       
     
 Outside of the city of Bukavu, in the Mudaka area of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, women barter over the price of potatoes on one of two primary market days held each week.  10.22.2017
       
     
 Men hoist water pipeline on to a truck in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The pipeline will be part of a 30km+ system that carries fresh, filtered mountain water to the city of Bukavu and outlying, rural areas.  This source-to-tap clean water is one aspect of Asili DRC, a social enterprise arm of the American Refugee Committee, working to provide access to quality healthcare, clean water and micro-financing. Using a “human-centered” design approach, Asili is “for them, by them”, being run almost entirely by local Congolese. With individual and community buy-in and investment, Asili is also working to instill a sense of pride and ownership in a country that for decades has been the recipient of largely unsustainable foreign aid.  10..22.2017
       
     
 Men carry lengths of water pipeline to a truck in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The pipeline will be part of a 30km+ system that carries fresh, filtered mountain water to the city of Bukavu and outlying, rural areas.  10.22.2017
       
     
 “Jesus Final” Bukavu street scene  10.14.2017
       
     
 A standard pharmacy as seen outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; these pharmacies are notorious for their inconsistent supplies, outdated medication and lack of transparency re: pricing.  10.12.2017
       
     
 School lets out for children in the village of Cirunga outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  According to USAID the Congo's education system is plagued by low coverage and poor quality. It is estimated that 3.5 million children of primary school age are not in school, and of those who do attend, 44 percent start school late, after the age of six.  10.14.2017
       
     
 Mama Salome, an Asili DRC team member, demonstrates hand washing before a crowd of some 300 school children in the Karambi area of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   In 2008 international aid agencies named October 15th a day to celebrate handwashing and remind ourselves of its health benefits. Asili uses this day to raise awareness and provide education to local populations.   Lack of access to water, and especially clean water, is seen as the primary reason that many in the country do not regularly wash their hands. Another reason is that historically and culturally it has not been recognized as important. Asili and other organizations are working to improve access to clean water and to educate local populations that by washing their hands they can prevent disease and save lives.  10.15.2017
       
     
 Students attend a hand-washing lesson hosted by “Mama Salome” of Asili.   10.15.2017
       
     
 The future of Congo, Mudaka, Eastern DRC.  10.15.2017
       
     
 Students attend a hand-washing lesson hosted by “Mama Salome” of Asili.   10.15.2017
       
     
 In recognition and in celebration of international hand-washing day the Asili DRC team visited the Karambi area outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Led by Asili team member “Mama Salome”, over 300 young students were taught proper hand washing technique, why it’s important for good health and each student was given a gift of soap.  In a country where lack of access to clean water causes disease, conflict, and death and where an estimated 40 million people still do not have access to clean water Asili is working to improve availability of clean water as well as to teach the importance of good, consistent hygiene practices.  10.15.2017
       
     
 On October 15, 2017 I had the privilege of traveling with several Asili DRC team members to the Karambi area of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  There, Mama Salome, an Asili DRC team member, demonstrated hand washing to a crowd of some 300 school children. At the end of their lesson the students each received an instruction booklet detailing hand washing essentials as well as a bar of soap.  10.15.2017
       
     
 Young students wait for their hand-washing lesson to begin in the Karambi area, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.21.2017
       
     
 In a part of the world where disease caused by unclean water is a primary cause of death, education is key to creating real change.   Here primary age students line up prior to attending a hand washing lesson given by Asili DRC team members.  10.15.2017
       
     
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 Daily life in the marketplace of the Mudaka area in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.13.2017
       
     

Daily life in the marketplace of the Mudaka area in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

10.13.2017

 Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  10.14.2017
       
     

Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

10.14.2017

 It has been said that joy is a decision. An often difficult and courageous decision ... but our attitudes are still so often a choice in how we respond to life.   Examples of this can be seen each and every day, but it is something that I witness regularly when traveling to some of the poorest parts of the world — people choosing to smile and to make the best of incredibly challenging situations.  Few have exemplified this grace more than the women I met while in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These female harvesters work up to 14 hours a day, are each a mother to many, a wife (to one or several) and are often the primary income earner of the household. Despite their efforts, women are still considered “less than” their male counterparts and the majority live in extreme poverty. And yet, during my time with them the women would frequently take a moments rest from their work to sing, dance and joke with one another; for those moments, they chose joy.  10.20.2017
       
     

It has been said that joy is a decision. An often difficult and courageous decision ... but our attitudes are still so often a choice in how we respond to life. 

Examples of this can be seen each and every day, but it is something that I witness regularly when traveling to some of the poorest parts of the world — people choosing to smile and to make the best of incredibly challenging situations.

Few have exemplified this grace more than the women I met while in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These female harvesters work up to 14 hours a day, are each a mother to many, a wife (to one or several) and are often the primary income earner of the household. Despite their efforts, women are still considered “less than” their male counterparts and the majority live in extreme poverty. And yet, during my time with them the women would frequently take a moments rest from their work to sing, dance and joke with one another; for those moments, they chose joy.

10.20.2017

 Congolese women load sacks full of dried soya beans in a market outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.13.2017
       
     

Congolese women load sacks full of dried soya beans in a market outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

10.13.2017

 Daily life in the marketplace of the Mudaka area in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.13.2017
       
     

Daily life in the marketplace of the Mudaka area in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

10.13.2017

 In a country where 1 in 10 children will die before their 5th birthday, where nearly 4 million people are internally displaced and where it is estimated that half of the population (some 35 million people) lacks access to clean, safe drinking water, Asili DRC is working to create sustainable change. An initiative of the American Refugee Committee, Asili is a social enterprise that is providing access to healthcare, micro financing and access to clean water in parts of the country where people once walked for miles to gather what was often contaminated water. Pictured here is one of their clean water kiosks in the Mudaka area, outside of the city of Bukavu. Patrons pay a nominal fee ($.006) to fill a jerry can of water; though the concept of paying for water is relatively new, attitudes are slowly changing as people become personally invested in the Asili model, willing and proud to pay for value and for a system that is creating a better future for Congo.  10.14.2017
       
     

In a country where 1 in 10 children will die before their 5th birthday, where nearly 4 million people are internally displaced and where it is estimated that half of the population (some 35 million people) lacks access to clean, safe drinking water, Asili DRC is working to create sustainable change. An initiative of the American Refugee Committee, Asili is a social enterprise that is providing access to healthcare, micro financing and access to clean water in parts of the country where people once walked for miles to gather what was often contaminated water. Pictured here is one of their clean water kiosks in the Mudaka area, outside of the city of Bukavu. Patrons pay a nominal fee ($.006) to fill a jerry can of water; though the concept of paying for water is relatively new, attitudes are slowly changing as people become personally invested in the Asili model, willing and proud to pay for value and for a system that is creating a better future for Congo.

10.14.2017

 Daily life in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo  10.16.2017
       
     

Daily life in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

10.16.2017

 Outside of the city of Bukavu, in the Mudaka area of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, women barter over the price of potatoes on one of two primary market days held each week.  10.22.2017
       
     

Outside of the city of Bukavu, in the Mudaka area of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, women barter over the price of potatoes on one of two primary market days held each week.

10.22.2017

 Men hoist water pipeline on to a truck in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The pipeline will be part of a 30km+ system that carries fresh, filtered mountain water to the city of Bukavu and outlying, rural areas.  This source-to-tap clean water is one aspect of Asili DRC, a social enterprise arm of the American Refugee Committee, working to provide access to quality healthcare, clean water and micro-financing. Using a “human-centered” design approach, Asili is “for them, by them”, being run almost entirely by local Congolese. With individual and community buy-in and investment, Asili is also working to instill a sense of pride and ownership in a country that for decades has been the recipient of largely unsustainable foreign aid.  10..22.2017
       
     

Men hoist water pipeline on to a truck in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The pipeline will be part of a 30km+ system that carries fresh, filtered mountain water to the city of Bukavu and outlying, rural areas.

This source-to-tap clean water is one aspect of Asili DRC, a social enterprise arm of the American Refugee Committee, working to provide access to quality healthcare, clean water and micro-financing. Using a “human-centered” design approach, Asili is “for them, by them”, being run almost entirely by local Congolese. With individual and community buy-in and investment, Asili is also working to instill a sense of pride and ownership in a country that for decades has been the recipient of largely unsustainable foreign aid.

10..22.2017

 Men carry lengths of water pipeline to a truck in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The pipeline will be part of a 30km+ system that carries fresh, filtered mountain water to the city of Bukavu and outlying, rural areas.  10.22.2017
       
     

Men carry lengths of water pipeline to a truck in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The pipeline will be part of a 30km+ system that carries fresh, filtered mountain water to the city of Bukavu and outlying, rural areas.

10.22.2017

 “Jesus Final” Bukavu street scene  10.14.2017
       
     

“Jesus Final” Bukavu street scene

10.14.2017

 A standard pharmacy as seen outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; these pharmacies are notorious for their inconsistent supplies, outdated medication and lack of transparency re: pricing.  10.12.2017
       
     

A standard pharmacy as seen outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; these pharmacies are notorious for their inconsistent supplies, outdated medication and lack of transparency re: pricing.

10.12.2017

 School lets out for children in the village of Cirunga outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  According to USAID the Congo's education system is plagued by low coverage and poor quality. It is estimated that 3.5 million children of primary school age are not in school, and of those who do attend, 44 percent start school late, after the age of six.  10.14.2017
       
     

School lets out for children in the village of Cirunga outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to USAID the Congo's education system is plagued by low coverage and poor quality. It is estimated that 3.5 million children of primary school age are not in school, and of those who do attend, 44 percent start school late, after the age of six.

10.14.2017

 Mama Salome, an Asili DRC team member, demonstrates hand washing before a crowd of some 300 school children in the Karambi area of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   In 2008 international aid agencies named October 15th a day to celebrate handwashing and remind ourselves of its health benefits. Asili uses this day to raise awareness and provide education to local populations.   Lack of access to water, and especially clean water, is seen as the primary reason that many in the country do not regularly wash their hands. Another reason is that historically and culturally it has not been recognized as important. Asili and other organizations are working to improve access to clean water and to educate local populations that by washing their hands they can prevent disease and save lives.  10.15.2017
       
     

Mama Salome, an Asili DRC team member, demonstrates hand washing before a crowd of some 300 school children in the Karambi area of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 

In 2008 international aid agencies named October 15th a day to celebrate handwashing and remind ourselves of its health benefits. Asili uses this day to raise awareness and provide education to local populations. 

Lack of access to water, and especially clean water, is seen as the primary reason that many in the country do not regularly wash their hands. Another reason is that historically and culturally it has not been recognized as important. Asili and other organizations are working to improve access to clean water and to educate local populations that by washing their hands they can prevent disease and save lives.

10.15.2017

 Students attend a hand-washing lesson hosted by “Mama Salome” of Asili.   10.15.2017
       
     

Students attend a hand-washing lesson hosted by “Mama Salome” of Asili.

10.15.2017

 The future of Congo, Mudaka, Eastern DRC.  10.15.2017
       
     

The future of Congo, Mudaka, Eastern DRC. 
10.15.2017

 Students attend a hand-washing lesson hosted by “Mama Salome” of Asili.   10.15.2017
       
     

Students attend a hand-washing lesson hosted by “Mama Salome” of Asili.

10.15.2017

 In recognition and in celebration of international hand-washing day the Asili DRC team visited the Karambi area outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Led by Asili team member “Mama Salome”, over 300 young students were taught proper hand washing technique, why it’s important for good health and each student was given a gift of soap.  In a country where lack of access to clean water causes disease, conflict, and death and where an estimated 40 million people still do not have access to clean water Asili is working to improve availability of clean water as well as to teach the importance of good, consistent hygiene practices.  10.15.2017
       
     

In recognition and in celebration of international hand-washing day the Asili DRC team visited the Karambi area outside of Bukavu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Led by Asili team member “Mama Salome”, over 300 young students were taught proper hand washing technique, why it’s important for good health and each student was given a gift of soap.

In a country where lack of access to clean water causes disease, conflict, and death and where an estimated 40 million people still do not have access to clean water Asili is working to improve availability of clean water as well as to teach the importance of good, consistent hygiene practices.

10.15.2017

 On October 15, 2017 I had the privilege of traveling with several Asili DRC team members to the Karambi area of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  There, Mama Salome, an Asili DRC team member, demonstrated hand washing to a crowd of some 300 school children. At the end of their lesson the students each received an instruction booklet detailing hand washing essentials as well as a bar of soap.  10.15.2017
       
     

On October 15, 2017 I had the privilege of traveling with several Asili DRC team members to the Karambi area of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

There, Mama Salome, an Asili DRC team member, demonstrated hand washing to a crowd of some 300 school children. At the end of their lesson the students each received an instruction booklet detailing hand washing essentials as well as a bar of soap.

10.15.2017

 Young students wait for their hand-washing lesson to begin in the Karambi area, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.   10.21.2017
       
     

Young students wait for their hand-washing lesson to begin in the Karambi area, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

10.21.2017

 In a part of the world where disease caused by unclean water is a primary cause of death, education is key to creating real change.   Here primary age students line up prior to attending a hand washing lesson given by Asili DRC team members.  10.15.2017
       
     

In a part of the world where disease caused by unclean water is a primary cause of death, education is key to creating real change. 

Here primary age students line up prior to attending a hand washing lesson given by Asili DRC team members.

10.15.2017

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