Progress toward DRC’s Elections

Date: August 9, 2018 From: Public Diplomacy Section Email address: KinshasaPress@state.gov Website: http://kinshasa.usembassy.gov Subject: Progress toward DRC’s Elections In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the ruling coalition’s announcement of a consensus candidate other than President Kabila represents a significant step forward for Congolese democracy.  We are encouraged by this sign that President Kabila intends to uphold his ...
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Jennifer Haskell, Chargé d’Affaires, spoke at the 242nd anniversary of the United States of America

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to our celebration of American Freedom! Two hundred and forty-two years ago, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the United States Declaration of Independence.  Each year, we honor this historic moment.  Americans are known for being punctual, and this year we decided to out-do our reputation ...
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Celebration of the 2018 World Malaria Day

On April 25, 2018, the Foreign Service National (FSN)-led local Staff Care team in coordination with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) team at the USAID/DRC Mission observed the World Malaria Day by holding an event for the entire U.S. Embassy Kinshasa community to raise awareness on how to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. The ...
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Congratulations 2018 English Access Graduates!

In Lubumbashi, 91 youth graduated from the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Program, which opens personal and professional doors for youth by providing two years of English language training. Ninety-one Access students, along with their families, teachers, and local authorities, celebrated their graduation from the English Access Microscholarship Program, a two-year U.S. embassy-sponsored program that helps ...
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CSD volunteers restore schools to build futures

On January 27, 2018, alumni of U.S. Embassy exchange programs and other volunteer participants in the monthly Community Service Day (CSD) volunteered their time and services in several towns around the DRC. CSD volunteer activities in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi focused on the education sector. In Kinshasa, volunteers restored a school in a economically depressed community ...
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Embassy entrepreneurship mini fair showcases local businesses, builds networks

U.S. exchange program alumni and others gathered on December 22 for an entrepreneurship mini fair at the Muhammad Ali American Corner in Limete, Kinshasa. The fair—which aimed to showcase alumni businesses, build networks, and encourage others to launch businesses—included representatives from 20 local businesses who each presented to the 150-person audience their business model and ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides 100 Bandundu Ville Youth Two Years of English Classes through ACCESS program

On November 10, 2017, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (ACCESS) in Bandundu Ville, Kwilu Province, DRC. ACCESS will provide 100 Bandundu Ville high school students a foundation in English language through two years of after-school classes. Mrs. Yolonda Kerney, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, led the embassy ...
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Alumni Promote Artistic Appreciation and Social Inclusion of Albinos

On Saturday, October 27, 2017 in Kinshasa, our former Fellows and other Community Service Day (CSD) volunteers joined the Fièrement Ndundu Festival organized by association ‘Plus de Couleurs’ as part of their volunteer activities. Their CSD aimed to promote artistic appreciation and support the social inclusion of Albinos. Other voluntary activities conducted by the community ...
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“TechCamp” in Kinshasa Prepares Provincial Health Officials to Prevent and Stop Disease Outbreaks

On October 30 and 31, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa hosted a two-day TechCamp, The Congos: Ground Zero for the Prevention of the Next Global Health Crisis. The TechCamp gathered 50 provincial health officials and communication experts from Congo-Kinshasa and Congo-Brazzaville to explore ways modern technology can inform and equip communities to prevent and stop ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Visit to DRC

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, arrived today in Kinshasa! Here some pictures of her welcome at the airport! Ambassador Nikki R. Haley is the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Prior to her service at the United Nations, Ambassador Haley served as ...
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Apply for Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders!

Do you have what it takes to be a Mandela Washington Fellow? This highly competitive, unparalleled opportunity allows qualified applicants to: Participate in a six-week academic and leadership program at a U.S. institution. Meet with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders. Be a part of a dynamic network with opportunities for continued leadership and career ...
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Astronaut thrills audience at re-opening of Kinshasa’s Priority Space American Corner

Ahead of his public lecture in Kinshasa, NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam participated in the re-opening ceremony for the American Corner  Limete after an extensive refurbishment and several technical upgrades. The new Priority American Space, named after Muhammed Ali and located within the Urban Library of Kinshasa, includes new computers, iPads, and a 3D printer. The ...
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Alumni preserve Congolese cultural heritage through volunteerism

Exchange alumni in Kinshasa focused their community service day on preserving DRC’s cultural heritage. Alumni, with the help of more than one hundred volunteers, organized a tour for 50 kids aged 7 to 16 at the National Museum in Kinshasa. Alumni guided kids through the museum while they listened to tour guides describe cultural variance ...
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YALI Network in Bukavu rehabs prison and inspires inmates to mark Mandela Day

To celebrate Mandela Day, a group of 30 youth led by Mandela Washington Fellows and YALI East Africa Regional Leadership Center alumni, painted walls and visited 50 inmates at Bukavu prison in South Kivu on July 18, 2017. The volunteers also brought food for the inmates, who were mostly youth aged 12 to 17. The ...
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Mandela Day celebrated in a Football Training Center for Kids in Kinshasa

On July 15, 2017, 4 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alums anticipated their Mandela Day celebration in “Éclat sport Academy” football training center for Kids. Led by Eric Cassinga, Safety health and environment expert, the group of alums from Kinshasa provided first aid techniques to 70 kids aged 5 to 17. The training on  first aid techniques ...
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Fulbright alumnus discusses new book on U.S. culture

On July 20, 2017, Professor Kiangu Sindani, a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar, discussed his new book, Les Cultures Régionales et Ethniques Aux États-Unis, at the UPC American Corner with an audience of 30 Congolese youth from various professional backgrounds. His book explores diversity in the United States and results from his participation in two exchange ...
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Ambassador Whitehead Speaks at The American School of Kinshasa Graduation

On June 7, Ambassador Robert Whitehead spoke at The American School of Kinshasa, where 21 students graduated. Emphasizing that TASOK is committed to hone real world skills of its student through events such as the TED conference and exercises that provide an opportunity to highlight individual leadership skills, Ambassador Whitehead underscored the importance of strong ...
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USAID and UKAID provide CENI with civic and voter education materials

On May 10, 2017, USAID and UKAID officially handed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) some civic and voter education materials to mobilize Congolese voters to participate in the electoral process including voter registration. These materials have been developed –through the financial support of USAID and UKAID—by the non-governmental organization Counterpart International in collaboration ...
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The Brent Birckhead Quartet in Kinshasa!

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation month, the US Embassy welcomed the Brent Birckhead Quartet to Kinshasa. The Quartet held a master class on April 25th at College Boboto, featuring a mix of music students from the national school of arts and other aspiring jazz musicians. They worked with the students on a number of musical ...
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Local Journalists attend PennU MOOC “English for Journalism”

A dozen local print and broadcast journalists attended the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “English for Journalism”—created by the University of Pennsylvania—at Embassy Kinshasa’s Information and Research Center, from February 23 to April 27.  The journalists, most of whom graduated from the Congo-American Language Institute (CALI), studied the principles of journalism, were provided substantial insight ...
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Alumni-led Community Service Day at Kintambo’s house of the Aged

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, alumni and volunteers organized an event to clean up the compound, create a vegetable garden, provide healthcare, cook, and provide meals at the Kintambo’s house of the aged. Apart from the work done, they also made an important donation of various products at the same place.
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Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Honor 13 Women of Courage

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world tomorrow at the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women ...
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American Film Showcase 2017

Over thirty participants from the film industry in Kinshasa attended workshops focused on editing ,marketing and distribution of films. These workshops organized by the US Embassy Kinshasa, The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the American Film Showcase took place from March 20th to March 28th 2017 and they were led by film ...
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‘Community Service Day’ Awareness Program at Shaumba Highschool

Shaumba girls’ public school of Kinshasa has decided to incorporate the “community service day” program conceived and led by USG exchange program alums in its educational curriculum. So at the beginning of the international women’s month, US Embassy/Kinshasa and DRC’s alumni association held on March 2, 2017 an official informative ceremony about that monthly volunteer ...
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Community Service Day for environment

On Saturday, February 25, the 2017 second edition of our Community Service Day (CSD) volunteer program was held. From Lubumbashi to Kinshasa, via Ngandajika, Kisangani, Kindu or Mbandaka, several hundred Congolese citizens have performed generous acts and offered free services for the general welfare of their communities or to support disadvantaged groups. Activities included donations ...
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Alumni Meet With Embassy Political Section

On February 8, 2017, Embassy Kinshasa’s Public Affairs Section organized a discussion between members of the embassy’s political section, and alumni of the embassy’s exchange programs.  The discussion focused on the alumni’s work and preoccupations on democracy, elections, good governance, peace, security, conflict resolution, human rights, civic engagement, youth and gender issues. This initiative allows ...
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MLK and Religious Freedom Days Commemorated

On January 13, 2017 representatives of DRC religious communities gathered at the CEPAS (Centre d’Etudes Pour l’Action Sociale) around US Embassy Kinshasa’s Chargé d’affaires Mr. David Brown for a discussion on the emerging role of faith-based organizations in civil society in the DRC. Over 100 participants attended the discussion, organized by the Congo American Language ...
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USG Reaffirms its Commitment to Support the Fight Against GBV in DRC

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa held a panel discussion to showcase the United State Government support on the fight against Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the DRC and sensitize the audience on the recently adopted Code of Conduct to fight SGBV in school environments. This press roundtable was held as part of ...
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A New USAID-funded Media Resources Center (MRC) Available for Journalists in Kinshasa.

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador James Swan with USAID Mission Director Christophe Tocco visited the MRC facilities established by the USAID-funded Media Sector Development Program (MSDP) implemented by Internews Network. During the visit, Ambassador Swan met with 31 young Congolese bloggers and social media activists who are currently participating in a conference to ...
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The New MOOC Session Launched !

On November 17, 2016, Kinshasa launched the newest session of the successful MOOC program, with approximately 2000 registered learners throughout the country. The 4 courses provided during this session in different MOOC camps address key post goals, such as promoting English learning for entrepreneurs, an understanding of the power of nonviolence through a course on ...
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Preventing Gender-Based Violence

From November 25 to December 10, the 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise awareness of the problem and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. Below are some related ShareAmerica stories you can feature on your social media properties. Violence against women and girls harms everyone A drive for women’s empowerment She grew up with domestic violence. Today it shapes her police work. When she’s a victim, it hurts everyone One in three: Why this statistic will haunt you and what you can do about it Women’s rights are human rights
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MWF Alumni Mentoring Program for Teenagers

On September 26, 2016, Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni began a mentoring program with teenagers at Lycée Shaumba High School. The Embassy alumni coordinator matched YALI alumni with four teenagers who have been selected for the next Pan-African Youth Leadership Program for the first mentoring session. The mentoring is scheduled to continue for at least one year.
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Special Envoy Perriello Holds Discussion With MWF

Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Tom Perriello held an open discussion with Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni at Embassy Kinshasa on September 14, 2016. SEGL Perriello gave frank, detailed answers on questions about political tensions during the elections lead-up in the DRC, the US government position on the political dialogue, the challenges for democracy in the ...
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Community Service at Mama Koko Orphanage

On Saturday, June 24, 2016 last took place the second issue of national volunteer program designed by the alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the US government.Lubumbashi to Kinshasa, via Mbuji-Mayi, Kalemie, Bukavu, Goma, Kisangani and Mbandaka, alumni of US government exchange programs were likely to go down in their respective communities to provide free ...
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Inauguration of Two Special Self-Help Projects

The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Funds are designed to support and aid in building local communities.  We were impressed with our first visit to Ngwanza Schools. This orderly complex, located in the low-income community of Kimbanseke, educates children from pre-school  through high school. Classrooms were clean, spacious, and well lit. Students can utilize after-school study ...
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ARS Speaker Discusses Entrepreneurship in DRC

ARS Guest speaker Beverly Ott held a series of workshops on entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Congo from April 13 to April 19. Beverly held multiple programs, both working directly with vulnerable problems, and holding training of trainers to build capacity. Using discussions and role-playing, she shared information on effective leadership and ...
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Inauguration of an American Space at Goma

The U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, James C. Swan, inaugurated the American Space in Goma, Nord Kivu province on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in partnership with La Maison des Jeunes.  Ambassador Swan and Father Wilvin Alberto Rodriguez officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding and cut the ribbon to open the American ...
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Mira Reynolds presents on Women’s History

On March 14th, U.S. Intern Mira Reynolds spoke at the CALI English Club about women’s history. She gave a brief presentation of American women in society and how their roles have changed throughout time, and then led a discussion about the role women play in society today. Over 50 people attended both two-hour sessions, and ...
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Presentation on Small Grants Program

On March 10, 2016, at the American Corner Limete, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to hear Public Affair Section staff present about the requirements for the small grants program. The presentation was the first public test of an information package to be distributed throughout the DRC. The audience responded positively, and eagerly requested multiple sessions of ...
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Embassy Kinshasa Sponsors Amani Festival

On February 12 to 14, 2016,  the US Embassy sponsored the Amani Festival, a festival promoting peace, in the city of Goma, North Kivu. During the festival, the US Embassy staffed two booths, providing festival-goers with both in-person information on different programs and a chance to win prizes through demonstrating their knowledge of the United ...
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FARDC Attend Magistrate Course in Lubumbashi

From 18 January to 5 February 2016, American and Congolese military instructors conducted the third iteration of the Magistrate Basic Course in Lubumbashi, DRC.  Instructors trained 44 judges, prosecutors and conseiller juridiques on Human Rights Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, the Congolese Military Justice and Trial Advocacy.
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Promoting Accountability for Gender Based Violence

On February 9, 2016, INL Africa and Middle East Office Director Tony Fernandes met with the American Bar Association and the Prosecutor General’s Office in Goma to discuss the need for improved prosecutions of sexual and gender-based violence cases. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Staff expressed support for improved forensic investigations ...
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Inauguration of SSH Project – Maternity Esengo

The Embassy signed a contract to provide two solar light systems for the delivery and operation rooms of the maternity, and December 15, 2015, the DCM inaugurated the recently installed solar light systems.  Upon arrival at the maternity, the DCM and the SSH team were graciously greeted by a compassionate, professional team of workers.  They ...
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World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, we remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and we recommit ourselves to fighting and preventing HIV/AIDS and to comforting those infected and their loved ones. The United States is working with its partners around the world to turn the tide against HIV/AIDS.On this World AIDS Day 2015, imagine ...
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Local Journalists Attend Key Workshops

From November 2 to 12, 2015, US Embassy Kinshasa hosted two speakers, to conduct workshops: David Applefield, journalist and media specialist, who discussed media strategies and ethics with media owners and journalists, and Teresa Calkins, media management consultant, who trained media owners and media executives on how to make their business profitable. Teresa Calkins also ...
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CALI Organized an English Language Symposium

U.S. Ambassador James C. Swan, and Minister of Primary and Secondary Schools Maker Mwangu Famba, officially opened the National English Language Symposium (NELS) on October 14, 2015 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. NELS was organized by Dr. Bryce Smedley, Senior English Language Fellow with Congo American Language Institute (CALI), a part of the U.S. Embassy ...
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PEPFAR funds the renovation of medical laboratories

On September 22, The International Center for the AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) inaugurated two renovated laboratories located in “Hôpital General de Reference de Ndjili (HGR Ndjili)” and “Centre Mère et Enfant de Ngaba (CME Ngaba)”. In addition to the renovation, laboratory and computer equipment were donated and medical staff were trained in the ...
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Teacher Training Resource Center Opens in Mbandaka

On August 20, 2015  Embassy Kinshasa inaugurated a Teacher training Resource Center (TRC) in Mbandaka, Equateur.  Over 100 new English  teaching books were provided by the U.S. Embassy’s Congo American Language Institute (CALI). English conversational books level 1 to 3 including English Club books will be available or teachers and students to use. The project ...
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Opening of a new Tasting Coffee Center in DRC

On July 7, 2015, U.S. Embassy in the DRC inaugurated a new analysis and tasting coffee center of the National Coffee Office (ONC-Bukavu) with support from USAID and the Buffet Foundation. Governor of South Kivu Marcellin Cishambo; Director of ONC Mr. Saiba Nzanzu; USAID/DRC Mission Director Dr. Diana Putman; and President of Kalehe Arabica Coffee ...
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USAID Works to Improve Quality of Pharmacist Training

On June 10, 2015, USAID/DRC Mission Director Dr. Diana Putman officially introduced the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) School of Pharmacy’s Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020 to the Minister of Higher Education (ESU), Mr. Théophile Mbemba Fundu. The Strategic Plan lays out four short, medium and long-term goals for the School of Pharmacy, as well ...
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Concert Reaches Vulnerable Congolese Youth

The Adam Larson Quartet, an American Jazz group on a musical exchange through American Music Abroad, collaborated with Polyv’art, a local community based arts NGO and with the professional Congolese jazz group-JazzYaKongo from April 11-16, 2015 .The group led a two day workshop with young artists from Masina, a highly populated, poor area of Kinshasa with ...
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Kananga center benefits from Embassy’s Special Self-Help Fund

The Centre d’Encadrement des Filles Meres,  located in Tshikaji, near Kananga (Kasai Occidental), is a small training center for single mothers, supported by the Embassy’s Special Self-Help Fund in August 2014  along with five other groups. The center has been functioning since 2007.  Over the years, 198 ladies have graduated from a 12-month program of ...
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Security Cooperation: Seminar on election security

From February 24th  to 27th  the Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation led a seminar on elections and security for a diverse group that included members from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), NGOs, political party representatives, members of the media as well as representatives from the police and the national army. The seminar, which aimed ...
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Film viewing and discussion for Black History Month

During the month of February, to commemorate Black History Month, IRC visitors met every Wednesday to watch and discuss the documentary “America beyond the Color Line.” The documentary discusses the life of African Americans, who have inspired the African American community, such as General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley; ...
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PAO Ellen Masi Highlights Mission Programs at UPC

On January 29, 2015, PAO Ellen Masi was an honored guest at the official launch of the fourth edition of the Protestant University of the Congo’s (UPC’s) student magazine “UPC Today”.  Ellen’s remarks highlighted the importance of English in the world today, a subject that was also featured in the article she was asked to write ...
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Promotion of Computer Literacy at UNIKIN

The U.S. Embassy was pleased to partner with Vodacom Congo to open a Computer Literacy Center at UNIKIN’s Faculté de Sciences on Friday, December 19.  This computer literacy center is a powerful example of a successful public-private partnership that the U.S. Embassy is proud to be part of.  To maximize the benefits of internet access, ...
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Mural Art Workshop With U.S. Arts

The US Embassy Kinshasa welcomed U.S. Arts Envoy Christine Kuhn who worked with Congolese artists and students from November to December 2014 to create three beautiful public murals in Kinshasa, Matadi and Bukavu.  The murals supported messages of partnership and women’s empowerment while highlighting the talent of young Congolese artists.   They were part of a ...
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USAID Launches New Project to Improve Maternal and Child Health in DRC

On Nov. 21, 2014, USAID launched a new health project to Support International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project aims to improve mother and child health through activities including family planning, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea treatment, and water and sanitation. SIFPO will promote healthier behaviors and support the distribution of ...
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USAID and DFID Together to Support Primary Education

On October 30, 2014, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (UK aid) signed a partnership to support primary education in the provinces of Katanga, Kasaï Occidental, Kasaï Oriental, Equateur, South Kivu and North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This $180 million joint program aims ...
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CALI Teacher Training Workshop

Senior English Language Fellow Bryce Smedley conducted a three day workshop with local secondary school teachers in Kisangani, Orientale Province.  During this workshop, teachers got the chance to use new teaching resources and learn ways to incorporate issues like democracy, gender equality, human rights and diversity into English lessons. They also learned new methodologies to ...
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Teacher Training in Kisangani

Senior English Language Fellow Bryce Smedley conducted a two day workshop in Kisangani with 70 Secondary English teachers and Inspectors on October 22 and 23, 2014. The focus of the workshop is to encourage activities and lessons that promote English language learning that can engage students critical thinking skills.  The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. ...
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USAID Awards Scholarships to 72 primary school girls

On October 7, 2014, USAID distributed scholarships to 72 girls from the public Primary  School (EP) 7 Kimpangi in the Kintambo Commune. The scholarship award ceremony marked the official launch of activities of the USAID-funded project “Empowering Adolescent Girls to Lead through Education (EAGLE)” for the 2014-2015 school year. Education statistics show that girls and women ...
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DCM Eric Madison Reflects on the “I Have a Dream” Speech

To honor the 51st anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Madison spoke to approximately 40 students and visitors to the Embassy’s Information Resource Center about the significance of the historical speech.  Despite being delivered over 50 years ago, the speech continues to inspire younger generations with its ...
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NBA Sports Envoys Visit Kinshasa!

U.S. Embassy Kinshasa was excited to welcome two sports envoys, WNBA star Ruth Riley and NBA star Cedric Ceballos, to the DRC as part of the Department of State’s SportsUnited Program. From July 22nd to the 26th , both players participated in a youth-focused basketball camp, attended KinJam, a local basketball festival, conducted a press ...
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4th of July Reception Highlights Key Programs

Embassy Kinshasa celebrated Independence Day with a representational reception at the Ambassador’s Residence.  The reception’s guest list was focused on high-level figures in government, private sector, and civil society, as well as program alumni and members of the YALI Network.  In his remarks, Ambassador Swan reiterated U.S.support for credible democratic reform, consolidation of economic and ...
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Secretary of State Kerry Visits Kinshasa

From May 3 to 4, 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kinshasa as part of an African trip that brought him to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Juba, South Sudan; and Luanda, Angola. On May 3rd, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry met with Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda for a brief meeting at the airport before visiting ...
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Marie-Dolorose Masika Woman of Courage 2014

On April 2, 2014, US Embassy Kinshasa awarded Marie- Dolorose Masika with the 2014 Woman of Courage Award during a ceremony at Ambassador James Swan’s residence. Marie-Dolorose Masika is the founder of FEPSI, (Femmes engagées pour la promotion de la santé Intégrale), an NGO based in Butembo (North Kivu) which manages a hospital and offers ...
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Rhythm in Motion Celebrates Black History Month

Embassy Kinshasa sponsored Rhythm in Motion, a musical and dance performance that commemorated Black History Month and highlighted the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to mainstream American dance.  Over 300 people attended the event on March 1, 2014. The performance included Congolese drummers, dancers and student musicians. The dance performance illustrated the influence of African ...
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OSC Organizes a Series of Military Activities

During the last week of February, the Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation organized a DIILS training on the rule of law for 2,000 new recruits of the DRC army and the inauguration of English labs in military academies in two DRC cities (Kinshasa and Kananga), as well as an all-female civil military operations(CMO) training. During ...
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Feingold, Affleck testify before U.S. Congress

On Wednesday, February 26, Special Envoy to the Great Lakes and the DRC, Russell Feingold, actor and activist Ben Afflek, and others testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Congress on the situation in eastern Congo.   Secretary Kerry acknowledged the ongoing efforts of both Affleck and Feingold to ameliorate the situation. In ...
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A film Festival for Peace and Reconciliation

The Amani Peace Festival, which was partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy, was held from February 14th-16th in Goma, North Kivu.  The Festival was organized by local residents who believe that community must play a central role in promoting peace and security in their region.  The concert was extremely successful, drawing huge ...
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US Embassy Hosts Panel Discussion on SGBV

On Tuesday December 10, 2013, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa hosted a panel discussion to commemorate International Human Rights Day and mark the end of the Embassy’s 16 days of activism against sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). The panel, hosted by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs section in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development ...
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