Congolese Women Travel To Charlottesville To Learn To Save Lives

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A group of women just left their families and children and everything they know behind in the Democratic Republic of Congo to come to Charlottesville to learn how to save lives. Then they will go back home to the Congo and begin doing just that, as midwives.

It's the work of a non-profit here in Charlottesville called Prisomi. Agnes Kanyanya began the program in part because she lost her own mother. She says she saw a bleak picture of how dangerous childbirth is in the Congo when her mother died in a maternity ward that also housed an orphanage.

She saw the success that South Africa was having with advanced midwifery and realized that midwife training could make all the difference. Then she met Dr. David Strider and he agreed to help her with her plan.

Prisami plans to build a facility in the Congo because they have seen how bad the conditions can be.

The group also has many UVa student members. Rebecca Abdul is a Congolese native and a member of the student group.

"The reason why I am an advocate of Prosami is because I would like to see many women influencing each other by helping each other in the birth process with up to date medical technologies," said Abdul.

The program will be here for 8 months before they head back home.

If you want to help or for more information head over to their website

They are hosting a dinner at 5:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church on February 3rd featuring African cooking and crafts for children.

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