The Congo Yetu Initiative (CYI) is an intellectually conscious and an independent organization working to promote peace, democracy, human rights, gender equity, women and children rights, and sustainable development in Congo, Africa.
Since 1990, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered a cycle of armed conflicts and violence, which strongly shook the Government in power, its institutions; destroyed its capacity to produce and tore its social fabric. The aggravation of the internal and regional situation of the Congolese conflict in the nineties generated a process, which contributed to: violence against women, being generally victims of rape, sexual violence, forced prostitution, transmission of HIV/AIDS; the creation of militia and an increase in the illicit trafficking of light weapons and a proliferation of the antipersonnel mines.
Since September 1996, the DRC experienced two successive wars that involved enormous losses in human lives and massive violations of the Human rights.
Membership with the Congo Yetu Initiative (CYI) is available to anyone who would like to join. Membership is categorized into two main groups: Individual and organizational.
CYI is a Canadian based organization, with the aim to have thousands of members across the country, who are active in governance and policy development, fundraising and donating, volunteering and raising awareness of global issues in their communities. You can show your support by becoming a member of Congo Yetu Initiative (CYI) and help to shape the direction of our organization.
Individuals are asked to make an annual contribution to support the programs, projects and activities of the Congo Yetu Initiative (CYI)