For the past seven years, students from local area youth groups have been meeting up at Summit Climbing Gym for Climb for Congo hosted by Team Texas. This event has one main goal, to raise money for Congo Restoration, a charity that's working to revitalize the Congo, one village at a time, by empowering women and children who have been brutalized by the war.
Founder Gorethy Nabushosi originally fled the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997, but returned a decade later to find it devastated by the effects of war. She started by helping a group of 30 children who had lost their parents in a rebel attack on their village.
She realized that the greatest way to bring about change was to empower the women of the DRC. She started the Congo Restoration Sewing School to teach women sewing skills so that upon graduation, they could sell their clothing and pieces to provide for their families and in return, help others in their village.
CLIMB FOR CONGO
For this event, local youth groups meet for a fun evening of indoor rock climbing, pizza, and socializing! I was fortunate enough to attend the event this year with my youth group where I learned that indoor rock climbing is MUCH harder than it appears, and got to hear more from Gorethy herself on the awesome works being done in the DRC through Congo Restoration!
Dominic spoke about the Congo to the students and adults in attendance. He spoke about how the Congo is truly a paradise on Earth, full of precious minerals such as gold, uranium, and diamonds. He peaked the student's interest when we mentioned iPhones, noting that 60% of all coltan used to make modern world technology comes from the Congo. More importantly, he talked about the lives impacted through CR: children who've lost their parents due to the war and its effects, and how the money raised will send students to school, the doctor, and provide them with uniforms and meals.
In addition to this event, Congo Restoration currently has a storage container that they will be filling to send back to the DRC. Cargo for Congo is accepting almost anything you have to donate! From cars and bicycles to clothing and sewing supplies! These items are being collected currently in Dallas until May 20! For more information on drop off locations, email Dawn McMullan at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you're looking for a way to give back, I definitely recommend Congo Restoration! For more information, please visit their website or visit them on Facebook!!
*Information about Congo Restoration and its mission was taken from their website www.congorestoration.com!