All we want for our wedding is to help the women + children in DRCongo. The "Gifts" will be monetary donations to our programs. Read below for more info and click to give. Thanks.
In June, Alissa Everett and I visited the Democratic Republic of Congo. For me, it was the first time. For Alissa, it was her first time back since 2012 when, during a visit to the projects of Exposing Hope, she was violently ambushed. Since the fighting in the area has decreased, it was time to return to visit the programs, and see how we could help restart the initiatives.
I joined to carry her (heavy) camera bags, to write about the work, and to raise the profile of the projects. I also went because I was not prepared to let my soon-to-be bride out of my sight. (After the Congo, we went on to Botswana to get married.)
By giving to our wedding registry, you'll get the warm glow of knowing you are supporting our marriage, AND the satisfaction of knowing the gifts turn into funds that will reach women who are amongst the most needy. The 'gifts' are merely tokens, all money will be passed through.
In 2007 Alissa founded Exposing Hope to raise money for the victims of sexual violence in the DRC. She explains it best in her words:
"For the past six years, I have been working in the eastern region of the Congo. As a war photographer, I quickly tired of supplying standard images of conflict as I saw they were misrepresenting the human consequences of war. My work focuses on the inspiring stories of people surviving in the toughest conditions, of the brave woman who rebuild communities and help others recover from conflict. Through a small non-profit, Exposing Hope, I use my photography, write my stories, and hold exhibitions to raise awareness and funds for the subjects of my photographs.
The DRC or Congo, often mistaken for its neighbour, the Republic of Congo; is the 3rd largest country in Africa, home to over 68 million people, and has been defined by its long history of conflict. And in the past decade, it has also been known as the 'world’s worst humanitarian disaster' and 'the rape capital of the world.'
I found a Congolese partner organization, HEAL Africa, with whom to partner and have since helped finance a series of safe houses where the women need them the most, in the rural areas where the insecurity lies, far afield from the safety and services of large cities. These are the most dangerous areas, where militias roam, women are attacked, and few NGOs will risk to work.
With our local partner we have built three safe house, and helped fund programs at another four.
Now the war is over, resources are desperately needed to re-invigorate the activities around the safe house for the many women who were the victims of sexual assault during the War."
Alissa’s work in Congo has touched hundreds, maybe thousands. However the 30+ year war in Congo means the numbers who need the services provided by the safe houses is probably close one million women and young girls.
Please buy us a present, and consider it your gift to support our wedding. But know that it will become a donation to Exposing Hope (tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers) and 100% of the proceeds will reach HEAL Africa and the women of the Congo.
There will be small deductions, (such as for credit card charges of course), but nobody will be buying tea sets, toaster or bathrobes with your money!
Thank you for your support of us, and of the women of the Congo,
Peter and Alissa
About Alissa's photographic work: www.alissaeverett.com
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