Education

EDUCATING FOR A BETTER FUTURE

The provision of quality and accessible education for children of all economic levels plays a vital role in the DRC’s future, ensuring the next generation has the skills to make a full contribution to Congolese society.  Yet, years of war and political instability have caused major disruptions in children’s schooling

Thanks to the contribution of the Gertler Family Foundation, students have access to a truly outstanding center of education. The Foundation’s investment is positive for our children, teachers and the entire population.

A $315,000 Gertler Family Foundation grant helped Blaise Pascal construct and equip a new library, computer center and classrooms.  

Today, nearly 350 students are enrolled at Blaise Pascal – representing Congolese and expatriate children from all economic backgrounds. 

GFF produced 1000s of booklets with color illustrations deploring violence against women and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Booklets were distributed on military bases in all of the DRC's 11 provinces.

  • $315,000 GFF grant
    for Blaise Pascal school

  • Nearly 350 students
    at Blaise Pascal

  • 1000s of educational health booklets
    distributed in 11 provinces.

IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES IN LUBUMBASHI

Located in Lubumbashi, the capital of the DRC’s mining-rich Katanga Province, Lycée Français Blaise Pascal de Lubumbashi has a proud history of educating students between the ages of two and eighteen years old. Founded in 1972, Blaise Pascal was forced to close its doors when looting swept the DRC in 1991.

In 2009, the government of Katanga Province joined forces with the French Embassy and others to rehabilitate and reopen Blaise Pascal. The overwhelming demand for education from the local community necessitated building additional classrooms and expanding the schools infrastructure – and the Gertler Family Foundation, with the support of the Fleurette group ventures and subsidiaries stepped in to assist with further expansion and modernization of the school

The Gertler Family Foundation raised $315,000, enabled Blaise Pascal to construct and equip a new library, computer center and classrooms and make other important facility upgrades.

Thanks to the contribution of the Gertler Family Foundation, students have access to a truly outstanding center of education. The Foundation’s investment is positive for our children, teachers and the entire population.
Henri Pigère, director of Lycée Français Blaise Pascal de Lubumbashi.

Funding from GFF has enabled HOLD-DRC to carry on with the extraordinary work it does to give these young vulnerable women a chance to rebuild their lives.

SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Victims of sexual violence in the DRC have few places to turn. Family rejection, impunity for rapists, fear of retribution and a limited number of organizations offering vastly needed services all contribute to further suffering among vulnerable young mothers.

Protecting vulnerable Congolese from sexual violence is a core issue for the Gertler Family Foundation. GFF supports HOLD-DRC (Humanitarian Organization for Lasting Development), a charity assisting abandoned teenage girls who become mothers as a result of rape. 

The GFF is helping us positively change and rebuild the lives of young girls whom have suffered unimaginable horrors. The skills and job training, education, psychosocial therapy, childcare and other assistance our program offers these young girls is the lifeline that they and countless others like them across the globe need.

EMPOWERING TEEN MOTHERS IN GOMA

In 2012, HOLD-DRC created a program to empower and help reintegrate teen mothers back into society in Goma, the capital of the DRC’s war-torn Nord Kivu Province. Despite growing demand for services, HOLD-DRC ran out of funding in early 2014 and was on the brink of suspending its program and canceling future planned programs. A GFF grant helped 80 teenage mothers, survivors of sexual violence, complete the HOLD-DRC program.  It also enabled HOLD-DRC to run a new 6 month training course for 120 participants. 

EDUCATING AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HIV/AIDS

The GFF in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has launched an education campaign to stop violence against women in the DRC and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the military. Studies show that women in the areas of conflict are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, often by soldiers in armed groups, including the Army.