This week marks the first week of classes for our Justice Rising Schools in the Congo!

We’re especially excited to announce that we now have...

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This was made possible in large part because of our incredible community of financial partners! Thank you to all who continue to invest in our mission to transform war zones through education!

To kick off the start of the new school year, we’re celebrating with our 3rd annual Education Month.

This Education Month, we’re taking a deeper dive into the importance of education in war zones, the barriers students face concerning education, prioritizing girls' education, and we'll wrap up the month with an overview of our trauma care programs.

This week, we'll start off with the question of “Why Education?” What's its importance? 

  • Why are we so singularly focused on education when there are so many urgent needs in war zones?
  • Why do risk going to some of the worst-affected areas to build schools?
  • Why are we pushing to build 40 new schools in the next 5 years?

Well, it’s simple really: education is a game changer.

By increasing secondary enrollment in a war-affected region from 30% to 60%, you have the potential to HALVE the risk of conflict!

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Imagine for a minute what it must be like for a young boy growing up with the constant threat of abduction, swept into a life of child soldiering. For girls, they risk being married while still a child or potentially a sex slave for rebel war lords.

Through education, we can decrease the direct threat of exploitation a child may face, and create a more healthy and peaceful future for entire communities for generations to come.

 Cassandra Lee, the Co-Founder of Justice Rising, had this to share:

I remember sitting with displaced families shortly after a difficult season of war. It wasn’t my first time sitting in a displaced persons camp, but that time it hit me differently. We were there to learn and listen, and family after family, story after story, people poured out their hearts with the horrors of conflict.

I had spent the last several years living in different war torn areas and was exhausted by the cycle of war and poverty I kept seeing. War and peace, raids and rest, one generation after another. And here I was again, same stories — I heard stories of children that had fled for days to escape rebel raids. They slept in rivers, hid in jungles, anything they could to not be abducted and now they were here, in an IDP camp, and had lost everything. With blank stares they told me over and over again that they had no hope. So what now?

I knew I wanted to respond, but how? What could I do that could write a different future where this cycle would stop repeating itself. I didn’t want to put a band-aid on the problem  I wanted to come up with a solution where we could raise up children who could one day stop the cycle of war.

And that’s when we started learning about the power, and importance, of education in war zones.

Stay tuned this week to learn more about how we can transform war zones through education.

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