Stand by Me Campaign Seeks Amazing Interns

Do you want to be part of a campaign that’s going to transform the 3rd world? Do you want to be able to say that you changed the lives of 70 million people in Africa, while meeting entrepreneurs, politicians, and even celebrities along the way? Are you tired of donating to charities and seeing nothing change in poor countries? Well, we’re right there with you. We represent the Stand by Me campaign, and we’ve launched a movement to galvanize and unite the entire world community on issues of humans rights and empowerment — from education to women’s entrepreneurship — in Congo. And we’ve partnered with many incredible organizations to bring Lasting and Positive change to Congo And we need *YOUR* help. So how can you help? *We are seeking interns in these areas: –research –public relations –design/programming –photography/videography –social media –communications –event planning/execution A lot people will read this and say: “Congo is too far away. I don’t know how I can make a difference.” But you can. That computer or phone you’re reading this on right now runs on precious metals from the Congo. The gold or diamond jewelry you own likely came from the Congo. And women, children, and poor communities are being exploited without the knowledge of good people like you. The fact is: The Congo is all around us. And you will have a champion in your corner all along the way named Emmanuel Weyi. Emmanuel Weyi is an entrepreneur who has lived in the US, splitting his time 50/50 between the US and Congo for 2 decades, and he is committed to bringing justice, innovation and peace to...

Reflections on the Heart Africa from a Congolese

Some have called it the cradle of humanity. Some have called it the heart of darkness. A place where it’s hard to tell fact from fiction; where swindling, stealing, and doing whatever else it takes to survive has become the common modus operandi. It is a place that has known many names, but my family has only associated it with one – home. Centuries ago, like many other African nations, the Democratic Republic of Congo (or simply Kongo at that time) was a great empire, respected by fellow African empires all across the continent. However, like many other African empires, contact with Europeans proved to be catastrophic. I have no interest in passing value judgments on the Europeans, first because the emperor of Kongo (known as the Manikongo) suffered from the same level of hubris and belief in social degradation as any other emperor in any kingdom at the time had. Second, fear of that which we don’t understand – especially people different from ourselves – is common to all human beings, and has led to countless acts of violence and discrimination across the entire span of history, a fact that remains both horrific and strangely intriguing. But either way, it is a fact nonetheless. A collapse in the empire revealed a lack of social cohesion that plagued Congolese society for the last half millennium. People often ask, why can’t certain African nations unite and work for peace? The answer is complex, but I would say that it’s due to the entirety of certain nations being in a constant state of survival. Many revolutions and ideological uprising are rooted...