Friends of the Congo (FOTC)

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The Friends of the Congo (FOTC)

The Friends of the Congo (FOTC) was established at the behest of Congolese human rights and grassroots institutions in 2004 to work together to bring about peaceful and lasting change in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire.

Its flagship global mobilization undertaking is “Congo Week,” which takes place during the third week of October each year. In 2009, “Congo Week: Breaking the Silence” took place from October 18–24. The purpose of Congo Week is to raise world consciousness about the situation in the Congo and to advocate for peace, justice, and human dignity for its people.

A grant from the Caipirinha Foundation supported forums on the ground in the Congo, provided stipends to student organizers in select countries who rallied other students and grassroots activists, assisted with the production and distribution of Public Service Announcements, and helped upgrade Congo Week Website technology in order to provide a user-friendly platform for organizers and the public.

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