“Stand By Me” singer Ben E King Passes Away

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Ben E King, famed and renowned singer of “Stand By Me,” passed away this morning at the age of 76. “Stand By Me” hit the US Top 5 in 1961 and returned to the charts in the 1980s. The record is timeless and is used around the world to inspire collaboration and solidarity.

Emmanuel Weyi started his Stand by Me humanitarian campaign largely because of King’s song. The title was certainly inspiration for our own name and we aim to continue Ben E King’s message and work. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32547474

Weyi, 2016 Congo Candidate, Projects Hope in Land of Vast Crises

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Black Star News published a powerful editorial about the current climate in the Congo as well as candidate Weyi’s vision and capability for change. The article highlighted the Western hemispheres need to be active in bringing in new leadership for the Congolese people. “Seventy million Congolese citizens need someone to stand by them. Will it be you?” http://www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/africa/weyi-2016-congo-candidate-projects-hope-in-land-of-vast-crises

Stand by Me Campaign Seeks Amazing Interns

Stand by Me Campaign

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.

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#WhatCanYouBalance? Begins Humanitarian Campaign ‘Stand By Me’

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We have been working vigorously to get Emmanuel Weyi elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and believe wholeheartedly in his power to reshape the Congo’s government. But at the end of the day, it’s not about politics: it’s about transforming the lives of a people with incredibly great potential.

So now, we’re preparing to launch a humanitarian side of things with a campaign called “Stand by Me.” And we’re raising awareness for a couple amazing Women’s Entrepreneurship and Empowerment programs that we’ll be implementing in Congo.

We’re doing so by launching a viral campaign called #whatcanyoubalance? Everyone knows that African women are amazing at balancing incredible things on their heads. So to raise awareness and solidarity, we want to have photos of people all over the world seeing what they can balance on their own.

For more information, visit: http://emmanuelweyi.com/what-can-you-balance. I’d love to know…#whatcanyoubalance?

Who will be the worldwide What Can You Balance Champion?

Capoeira Facilitates Peace-Building Among Refugees in DR Congo

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In the Mole Refugee Camp in the Congo, refugees were introduced to Capoeira by a local aid group, ADSSE (Association pour le Developpement Social et la Sauvergarde de l’Environnement).

Reporter Celine Schmitt documented the rise of the art form in the refugee camp. “The Brazilian martial art includes elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and it is keeping people occupied and fit as well as helping ease tension between different groups of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in this camp of more than 13,000 people in the far north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

Capoeira has served as peaceful activity, an exercise that infuses rhythm and music and a way to release tension during an extremely difficult time of displacement.

Twenty eight-year-old Armand Kouissi explained, “I also see it as a tool to promote peace. At the beginning, we had some tensions, but thanks to capoeira we now get on well. Sports unite people,” he says, adding: “We think that capoeira is a tool that can be used to promote peaceful cohabitation in the camp. When we talk to people watching us during our training, we convey messages of peace.”

People of all ages and backgrounds have engaged in the martial art form and it has become an activity that everyone looks forward to. The facilitators involved believe that the peace that is promoted in the art form/sport, will translate into peace in the nation.

http://www.unhcr.org/541c54719.html

Everything You Need to Know about the Congo in 1 Minute (Infographic)

Emmanuel Weyi Congo InfographicA lot people have expressed that the biggest barrier to entry to being making lasting change in the Congo is a lack of knowledge of its complicated issues. So we decided to uncomplicate it. Here is the key information that anyone needs to know about the Congo in 1 minute — and more importantly: what they can do about it. 

Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo was Awarded Famed Sakharov Prize

Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo was Awarded Famed Sakharov Prize

“The Sakharov prize – named after famous Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov – is awarded each year for the promotion of human rights and democracy around the world.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29717994

This year, Congo’s own Denis Mukwege was awarded the prestigious Sakharov prize for aiding thousands of rape victims in the DRC. The 59-year old doctor founded a hospital in the eastern DRC in 1999 to treat victims of sexual violence. He has served over 30,000 rape survivors and currently treats ten cases a day.

Sexual violence is a devasting issue in the Congo and presenting Dr. Mukwege with the coveted award sends a real message about fighting against rape and standing up for women in the Congo. Terrifingly, Dr. Mukwege even endured an assasination attempt for his outspoken advocacy for women and against sexual violence.

Dr. Denis Mukwege will receive 50,000 euros and will be celebrated throughout Europe, the Congo and the world for his incredible human rights efforts that have helped so many Congolese women and families.

Nelson Mandela was the first person awarded the European Parliament Sakharov Prize in 1988.

Hero Women of Congo

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Neema Namadamu is a native of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and was diagnosed with Polio at the age of two. In a nation that treats women and those with disabilities as second-class citizens, Ms. Namadamu, through the strength and unconditional love and support from her mother has persevered and became the first women with a disability from her tribe to graduate from university.

An advocate for change, Neema Namadamu with the help of World Pulse founded the Hero Women of Congo, a center where women can connect, get support and share their stories online. “According to the UN, the DRC is considered the worst place in the world to be a woman. Through our work, these women found their voice and began calling for peace, for dignity, for sanity in Eastern Congo. They named themselves theMaman Shujaa, which means Hero Women in Swahili, and the world logged in to hear these resilient, strong solution providers, trumpet their universal song of peace, hope and a future for Congo.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neema-namadamu/congos-hero-women-creatin_b_5170187.html

Despite All Disparity, Music Thrives in the Congo

The Symphonic Orchestra Kimbanguiste is magnificently the world’s only all-black orchestra.

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The Concerto, as Messy Nessy writes, “is a 200-strong band of classical musicians who come together against all odds, to make music in a country where the average monthly income wouldn’t be enough to buy a used violin. The musicians practice on their donated, salvaged and even homemade instruments at a demanding six rehearsals a week inside a warehouse in Kinshasa. Electricity often cuts out but the musicians play on.” http://www.messynessychic.com/2014/02/26/a-concerto-from-the-congo-the-worlds-only-all-black-orchestra/

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