The village of Rugari is situated in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is located in the Virunga National Park on the road between Goma (the provincial capital) and the town of Rutshuru. The village has been occupied and surrounded by different militia and army groups since the 1997 with the beginning of the first war of the Congo. Today, the situation still unchanged.
In this context, to promote actions based on the law nr. 9/001 about the children development and protection act of January 2009 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that states: all human under 18 years old, is considered as a child; the Organization la Gazelle Pour la Vie de Tous “O.G.V.T” to promote everyone’s right to life and specially the children and the youth in Rugari. The first general assembly to create non-governmental organization in accordance with the legislation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was on December 25, 2015 under the leadership of Madam Mahanoy Nafashie Passy, the funder of “O.G.V.T”.
About the founder.
Passy Mahano, a medical science student, daughter of a ranger of the Virunga National Park, being herself a witness and a victim of the conflicts decided to abandon the medical studies to help the local orphans in 2013. With the support of the community, she started living with kids in a poor wooden shack in dire life conditions. Until today with the help of the community and the effort of her colleagues, she is struggling to improve the life conditions of the children and indirectly of the community in Rugari.