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Why Africa Restoring Bridges Initiative (ARBI)
The Province of North Kivu in Democratic Republic of the Congo is still experiencing unrest due to various ethnic and political violent conflicts. Violence and instability have always been an issue in this part of DRC since more two decades. When the other parts of DRC were recovering the area continued to suffer because it was the battlefield between the government and several rebel groups linked to different ethnic groups. Thereafter, people experienced severe losses on a long period in human lives and material leaving most of them in a state of trauma and poverty. Different attempts in response to this situation, combined efforts from different interventionists including UN, (in) NGOs and the government have been without or with low positive effect. The last hope was to be fetching in community self-reliance. ARBI stands to contribute towards the accompaniment to affected communities in that journey.
Who we are
ARBI is a Community Based Non- Government Organization shaped by people motivated and passionate for healing, peace building and development for affected communities in Northern Kivu province of DRC and the Regions of Africa. The organization was founded in 2011 in response to the successive violent wars ethnic-based related in Eastern part of the DRC. Our engagement is to empower people’ capacity to responsively respond to the Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kivu’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of defining and designing their wished destiny favoring a Holistic Community Living Peace approach through Healing the Wounds of Ethnic (Identity) conflicts workshops (HWEC)-Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS)-Community Development (CD)-Environment prevention, promotion and protection – Active Bystandership(servant leadership) Education.
In all undertaken initiatives, women remain “corner stones” in the process of rebuilding social bridges that facilitate people to reach ARBI’s integral mission of Impacting Hearts, Head and Hands within and between affected communities through community based approaches fostering inclusive cooperation, capacity building for the participants to sustainable conflict transformation, socio-economic development and responsive servant leadership.