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Run Across Congo: Helping Women Find Equality

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A reflection from Randi Lyn Stoltz, runner, co-organizer of Run Across Congo and staff member of On The Ground. This article was published by Grand Traverse Woman in July/August 2015 Issue.   After my seven days of running seven marathons through the South Kivu province of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, my Run Across Congo came to an end. One week later, decompressing, I find myself meditating on the experience. For seven days we visited…

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Herman’s reflections on Run Across Congo and Saveur du Kivu

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This  blog post excerpt comes to us from Herman, our Congolese Community Liaison. Herman played an integral part in ensuring Run Across Congo and Saveur du Kivu were successful, and continues to record the impact of the events in eastern DRC communities. To read Herman’s full thoughts on the success of the Run and the cupping competition, please visit:onthegroundglobal.org/hermans-reflections-project-congo Here are  some of Herman’s thoughts on the impact of Run Across Congo: …It was extraordinary, unimaginable, unbelievable but…

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Voices Of Congo-Women of Kiniezire

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Following Run Across Congo and Saveur du Kivu, On The Ground’s Congolese Community Liaison Herman interviewed female members of the Muungano co-op in the vicinity of Kiniezire. He asked for their reflections on the events and what they feel are the best steps moving forward. Following are excerpts from these women. To learn the womens’ full, insightful thoughts on what Run Across Congo meant and what the future holds, please visit onthegroundglobal.org/voices-congo-women-kiniezire Riziki Bahavu, 35, is the divorced mother…

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Pumoja tu taweza-Together We Can

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Check out this video Ben put together with video he shot and the first tune Ben and Akili recorded during two days in the studio in Bukavu on Day 4 and 5 of Run Across Congo. They recorded it with nearly 20 local musicians. The title – Pumoja tu taweza – “Together We Can” – is in four languages and will be the theme of the documentary that will be based on the Run and…

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Saveur du Kivu: Fine Coffees From The Democratic Republic of the Congo

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 Originally posted by SprudgeWire.com Saveur du Kivu, billed as “Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first-ever coffee cupping competition,” has just successfully been held in Bukavu, Congo. This event “beats the odds and rejuvenates a war-torn coffee sector rallying around collaboration and gender equality,” as per an official press release from Higher Grounds Trading. Here’s more via press release wire: BUKAVU, Congo- The first ever specialty coffee cupping competition in the DRC, Saveur du Kivu, took…

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Hidden Treasures for Congo Coffee Tasters

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Originally posted by Voice Of America on June 05, 2015  Nick Long GOMA—In the mid-1980’s, the Democratic Republic of Congo was officially exporting up to 130,000 tons of coffee per year, but by 2012 that figure had shriveled to 8,000 tons, owing to war, coffee disease, low prices and smuggling.But international buyers of specialty, high-quality coffee started to realize they had been missing out. In 2012, the World Coffee Research Institute, after doing a survey of…

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MAY 24-30, 2015 Partnering with female farmers for gender equality in eastern DRC GIVE TODAY!