Philanthropy means “love of mankind”. It is giving money for a purpose or cause, benefiting people who you don’t personally know.
Kinshasa is a hard place. After decades of constant warfare, Congo has been ravaged socially and economically. More than half of the country’s population is younger than 17. Many Congolese girls have fallen victim to rape, with the American Journal of Public Health reporting that, at one point, four women were being raped every five minutes in the country. With the average household income hovering around $230 a year, some Congolese girls have turned to prostitution, in a trend called phenomen tshiell, Lingala for the “whore phenomenon.” All of this adds up to a deeply rooted desire to leave the country, by any means necessary.
Marcella Sakobi, Miki Ndaya, Jorbelle Malewu and Safi Nadege Lukambo are all on a quest to use their boxing talents to escape their war-torn country.
They are in need of basic things a lot of us take for granted, such as proper clothing to train, boxing gloves, punching bags, transportation fees for international competition travel and monies to feed their children.
You can read more about their stories here (Fight Like A Girl).