A Community of Incurable Optimists

For students emerging from under the shadow of war, the journey from fear to confidence is not an easy one. Yet across Justice Rising’s schools, stories abound of young lives embracing a new kind of normal—one infused with hope.

By Justice Rising Leadership Development Program Manager, Liz Lampen

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Mapenzie's Story

This is Mapenzie. She’s 10 years old and, more than anything, she wanted the opportunity to go to school. As one of nine children in her family though, her parents could never afford to send her or her siblings to school. However, Mapenzie is a fiercely determined girl…

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Congo and Ebola in the News

During the few months, the outbreak of Ebola in Congo has been the topic of many major news publications. We've highlighted a couple articles if you'd like to read more about how the outbreak is affecting Congo.

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Esther's Story

This is Esther. At nine years old, she’s never had an opportunity to go to school. Esther was born in a time of war, and for much of her young life, she’s run from conflict...

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From the Ground in Syria

We entered the country on a Tuesday. 

Crossing the border went off without a hitch. 

But this trip was different than most. The devastation served as a constant reminder that we were there for the sole purpose of supporting at-risk students, and that, most of all – “it’s worth it.”

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Expand Campign Responding to Syria

We're excited to announce the official launch of our annual Expand Campaign! Last year, we raised more than $60K through the Expand Campaign. This year, we plan to double it! Throughout the month of April, every dollar given will be MATCHED up to $60K!

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Congo and Syria in the News

During the last month, both the Congo and Syria have been the topic of many major news publications. We've highlighted a couple articles if you'd like to read more about how the conflicts have been intensifying.

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Kristof's Story

This is Kristof, and he is from Mugunga. At four years old, Kristof is teeming with spunk and energy – and he is overcoming the odds. His mother works as a prostitute, and he’s never known his father. 

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Expand Matching Campaign

Starting this April, we’re excited to announce that we’re kicking off our second annual Expand Campaign!

Since the start of our organization, our projects have steadily grown in Congo. And recently, through your support, we have been able to expand our program efforts to Syria and Iraq! 

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Iraq -- Big News!

Over the past few of weeks, we (Cassandra and Edison) have been traveling throughout Iraq and Syria developing relationships with our local partners on the ground and to check out the schools Justice Rising will be partnering with to rebuild and sponsor.

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Girl Boss. Period.

Do you ever wonder, in the middle of the jungle, what girls do while they’re on their period? They can’t just run to the store and pick up a pack of tampons.

As a part of our Water, Sanitation and Health (WaSH) program, we train girls and women how to stay clean and safe during their monthly cycle.

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