Project Description

Access to housing and construction of homes for Survivors

2022, in partnership with Panzi Foundation with the Luxembourg Red Cross

Construction maisons RDC


South Kivu is a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, rich in mineral resources. Since 1994 in particular, it has been marked by multiple ethnic tensions, deadly conflicts and massive population displacements, during which rape has been used as a weapon of war. Indeed, conflict-related sexual violence is still widespread in the DRC.

In Bukavu, capital of South Kivu province, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Medical Director of Panzi Hospital and administrator of Stand Speak Rise Up! is developing a holistic approach to support victims of sexual violence on the road to resilience. The hospital provides medical care for women. The Panzi Foundation develops complementary actions, according to the needs expressed by each individual. The aim is to provide comprehensive medical, psychosocial and socio-economic care for SVS. These complementary actions include the construction of individual homes for Survivors.

20 homes constructed


Stand Speak Rise Up! supports the Red Cross and the Panzi Foundation in the construction of 20 single-family homes for survivors of sexual violence. Housing is an essential support for the sustainable reintegration of women into their communities, as well as for their protection against aggression and the elements.

The houses built meet the criteria of durability, dignity and safety. This project is fully owned by the community. In particular, the community contributes to the transport of building materials to the home of the beneficiary concerned, and participates in the construction work. The house model is inspired by the houses built in the villages concerned, to avoid stigmatizing the beneficiaries.

Thanks to the Engie Foundation and the Coromandel Foundation for their support on this project.


Tatiana Mukanire

Tatiana Mukanire

It was easy to drag women out of their houses and rape them, because it wasn’t really a house. It was a shack. Today, mothers have a house where they can leave their children and go to work. When you’re a woman in my country and you have a house, you have a lot of power.