Heal Congo is a youth-driven club dedicated to raising awareness of the atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo is the home to a humanitarian catastrophe, where 6 million have died since 1998, and militia groups are committing horrendous crimes against the civilian population. The conflict in Congo has been largely met with indifference by the international community. Heal Congo is committed to breaking the apathy that this war is being faced with by encouraging activism among students, and getting them to raise their voices. Heal Congo has also advocated on a political scale, by writing letters to numerous government officials, including the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs (from whom the club has received a response.)
Heal Congo has raised awareness through a variety of unique ways. Heal Congo has organized bracelet sales, bake sales, letter signings. Heal Congo has also organized a Cellphone Blackout, where students pledged to turn off their cellphones for a day, in order to collect pledges and raise awareness about conflict minerals (the illegal smuggling of conflict minerals contribute significantly to the violence). Along with these events, Heal Congo has organized a very successful school play, composed of entirely students. The school play was committed to raising awareness of the violence against women around the world (in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.) Through these events, Heal Congo has not only spread its message of advocacy to a larger population, but it has also managed to raise nearly $1000 in funds, which were all donated to help support a primary school in Goma, Congo, that educates war-affected children.
Mrs. Andrea Beblow
Room 116 Monday and Thursday at Lunch