Shalupe Foundation focuses on four core priority areas: girls' education, women and girls’ economic empowerment, maternal health, and advocacy. This multifaceted approach allows us to build sustainable programs that help individuals and communities both immediately and in the long term, and rely heavily on community engagement and participation. Shalupe’s programs are entirely pro bono – rather than require repayment for the grants, tuition assistance, and other aid that we give, we simply ask our beneficiaries to “pay it forward” by helping other community members when they are in a position to do so. This innovative approach has helped build strong communities in which colleagues and neighbors help one another not because they are required to, but because they understand the importance of a strong support system and the power that one small act of charity has to change a life. Further, by investing in the long-term skills, leadership, and wellbeing of women and children, we build capacity for future prosperity.
Educated girls become empowered women. This simple philosophy drives us to provide educational opportunities - including primary, secondary, and technical schooling - for girls who otherwise could not afford it. Our holistic education programs get vulnerable children off the streets and provide them with the nuturing environment they need to get the most out of their education - and the education goes on to unlock a world of opportunities they would otherwise never have access to.
"Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective that the education of girls and the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, or improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings, and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, whole countries."
- United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan (2004)
We do more than provide services to the people of the Congo - we work to change the broken system through targetted advocacy efforts at the local, national, regional, and international levels. By raising awareness of the crisis in the Congo among the public and lobbying for policy change at the African Union, United Nations, and other prestigious forums, we believe that we can be a catalyst for meaningful change and lasting peace in the DRC.
We believe that healthcare is a human right, and this is especially true for the DRC's expecting mothers. By helping new and expecting mothers access prenatal and neonatal healthcare and safe birthing conditions, we work to give women and their babies the best chance possible in a country where motherhood is infamously difficult. Further, we work to encourage women to invest in their own health - thereby empowering them to take charge of their own wellbeing.