40-60% of the women who seek treatment at Panzi Hospital are unable to return to their home communities either because of the extent of their injuries, ongoing violence, or, most often, deep stigma surrounding sexual violence and fistula. These women are able to continue their healing journey, alongside vulnerable women from the surrounding communities, at our innovative Maison Dorcas aftercare center.
Here, women and girls (and their dependent children) receive housing, meals, and access to ongoing therapeutic care. Our economic and community reintegration programs also support women in rebuilding their economic lives and building more stable futures. Working alongside vulnerable community members, survivors participate in 12-month training programs that include literacy and math classes, job skills training, micro-grants and –loans to support the women in launching micro-enterprises, and outreach projects to rural communities.