Empowering Congo Women
Empower Congo Women (ECW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping war survivors heal, rebuild their lives and prosper in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Our mission is to help people in eastern Congo rebuild the fabric of society, because it has been under siege and disintegrating since the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide were given asylum there in 1995.
We achieve our goal primarily by empowering women through economic development, educating young women, and partnering with community-based agencies on sustainable agriculture projects.
PRIP Sakuji Tanaka says “I can think of no greater threat to peace than the spread of nuclear weapons.”
The threat is clearly stated in this one minute video.
So what can Rotarians do? Three Rotary clubs in the US (We Rotary eClub of Hawaii, Little Tokyo RC, LA Downtown RC) and 3 Rotary clubs in Japan (Yoneyama Yuai RC (Tokyo), Yoneyama E- club (Tokyo), Hiroshima RC) teamed up to send Hiroshima survivor plants to US Rotary clubs in the US. See, Green Legacy program:
Those Rotary clubs requesting plants are invited to training seminars in the US to develop community programs of public awareness and youth education that lead to the reduction of nuclear weapons. Finally, all participants will get their most inspiring training at a big event in Hiroshima in 2020 for the 75th anniversary of of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
A movement is underway for mayors of US cities to oppose the funding to expand nuclear weapons programs. See,
PDG Steve Yoshida, Founding member, We Rotary