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.

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.

Programs & projects

Psychosocial care
  • Living Peace Villages (families, churches, schools…)
  • Healing the wounds of Ethnic Conflicts (HWEC)
  • Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS)
Integral Community Development

ARBI stands to strengthen the social and economic agency of communities so they can take a dynamic role in development and the establishment of an integral transformed, inclusive and just society. In this regard ARBI should promote:

  • Women’s rights
  • Children’s rights
  • Gender Equality et Equity
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment prevention, promotion and protection
  • Agriculture and Livestock
Active Bystandership Development

ARBI works to engage communities in decision-making processes within their communities in order to foster a democratic and none discriminatory society. We work for the promotion of servant values of responsible leadership.

Advocacy and relief for vulnerable and concerned communities

ARBI stands to advocate and mobilize for assistance to people with concerns such like IDPs, refugees, women and children, but also for other affected categories through different disasters.

Peace and Development Academy

In order to insure a more long term and the sustainability of ARBI’s engagement, Kivu Peace and Development Academy remains our daily dream. The center will aim at equipping participants from different corners of DRC and other nations on pre-mentioned aspects under ARBI vision and mission. These after completing the courses will be commissioned to go back to serve in their respective areas according their contexts and languages. Apart the role of equipping to serve, ARBI will play as well the monitoring and evaluation in order to safeguard and insure the quality of services provided.

In this perspective, in order to become more effective ARBI will link with possible national and international centers and institutions so that it benefit from their expertise.