drcongoButoke is a locally based non-government organization supporting development work in Western Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Like much of DRC, Western Kasai province had been devastated by 10 years of war when Butoke was created in March 2005. About 30% of the population of the province consists of refugees from other parts of the Congo or from neighbouring countries, including, most recently, refugees from Angola.

Butoke, which means, “light,” strives to support the population in their efforts to re-establish normal lives and satisfy their most basic needs. Butoke is an ecumenical non-profit organization involving both Christian and Moslems. Its membership counts 57 civil and religious leaders, with representation of all tendencies of civil society. Its overall purpose is to contribute to integrated rural development and human development.

Dr. Cecile DeSweemer is a purpose driven woman who is giving everything she can for those who are down-trodden and in need in Congo. To read more about Dr. DeSweemer, click here. To read more about our partner Butoke, please click here.