We've partnered with Panzi Foundation so that with every purchase made, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the foundation. The Panzi Foundation and hospital is a community of survivors, advocates, and supporters in The Democratic Republic of Congo advocating and fighting to end rape in war. In all of the 200 languages spoken, the Democratic Republic of Congo didn't have a word for rape. Then the war started.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. As a boy growing up in the rural hills of Congo, Dr. Denis Mukwege would travel with his father, a pastor, throughout the community to comfort the sick and dying. Many were laboring mothers who had nowhere to safely deliver their babies, which had a lasting impact on his life. He resolved to do more, and founded Panzi Hospital in 1999 to safeguard women’s lives and ensure that their children have the chance to thrive.
The first patient who arrived at Panzi Hospital was not a delivering mother. She was a rape victim who had been shot in her genitals. Unfortunately, the brutality did not stop — it worsened. As the number of rape survivors arriving at our doors began to increase exponentially, we became reluctant experts in conflict-related gynecological trauma.
For more than 20 years, Panzi has not only mended survivors’ bodies and delivered their babies—they've supported them as they boldly reclaim their lives, against all odds through holistic care and medical intervention in a stigma-free environment.
We are proud to be working with the Panzi Foundation and providing women, men and children with the support they need. To find out more about the Panzi Foundation, you can visit their website here.