Celebrating the Girls Who Can

By Claire Armitage, Overseas Projects Manager – 10 October 2014

Carine Birungi’s story is both a commonplace tale in eastern DR Congo and the poignant account of an individual life turned upside down. She is one of the girls who we celebrate on International Day of the Girl Child, 11th October 2014

The 19-year-old grew up in Shari in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where her father Faustin owned around 150 cows. But then rebels came in January 2003 and everything changed.  “(The rebels) took all my father’s cows. We lost everything. Our house was burned. Many people were killed, including my father,” she said.

Carine is one of the girls benefiting from our emerge poverty free project in Bunia, DR Congo.

What did she do to survive? Click here to find out more about Carine’s amazing story and her outlook on life, as published today (10th October 2014) in the Huffington Post.