All tribes are treated equally in the reconciliation work to heal those impacted by decades of violence and turmoil. Our approach is uniquely different in several ways. We are helping to bring peace to the different tribes in conflict by providing for each tribe equally, while creating new channels for communication and understanding.
We partner with a team of committed Congolese leaders on the ground, led by Pastor Joseph Harera, to bring the warring tribes together to heal and reconcile so that they can live, learn, work, worship, and thrive in Christian community. Their 11-member team is made up of individuals from each of the tribes. They reach out to local chiefs, pastors, and other community leaders to bring people together to hear God’s message of love and healing through forgiveness and reconciliation. Pastor Harera reports that “people are excited, as this is the first time anyone has approached them with a vision that treats all four tribes the same and promotes acceptance and forgiveness between tribes.”
The approach is unique in that where other non-governmental organizations have focused exclusively on individual tribes, we focus on all affected tribes. When support is not delivered equitably among the tribes, whether from a lack of resources, inadequate local connections or inability to drive a consistent program, the result has led to increased competition for help and a distrust of neighboring tribes and of those providing relief.
This approach to treat each tribe equally, fairly, and openly and has been enthusiastically received by many of the East Congolese people in our area of focus.