A sustainable year-round program
empowering girls and their communities
through art

January 2020 – Current

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

120 girls
30 mentors
40 community leaders
35,000 community members

Providing opportunities for girls to achieve gender equality and freedom from violence through art

(meaning leader in Swahili) is our current long-term program and partnership with M’Shujarts, a girls art collective (GAC), born out of our previous two projects with girls in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Over a three year period this program will:

  • Provide training and technical support for GAC toward becoming an independent and sustainable female-led organization serving the girls of their community. 
  • Provide opportunities for 120 marginalized out-of-school adolescent girls to build psychosocial and life skills through arts-based activities. Girls will gain skill sets and capabilities that help them to participate in their communities, local economies, support their families, and in turn contribute to the larger country goals of development and peace. 
  • Foster and enrich community participation through the creation of public murals and posters.  
  • Train 30 young women mentors and pair them with girls to provide role models, and build trusted and supportive relationships with adolescent girls.
  • Engage 40 community leaders through a community arts council that will guide the program.
  • Reach 30,000 community members through public engagement.

This program will cultivate a population of empowered girls in Goma who effect positive change for themselves and their community in the pursuit of equality and freedom from violence. 

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To protect the safety of our collaborating team in Goma and our Colors of Connection staff,
some aspects of this program are on hold due to COVID-19. 
Learn more about our response by checking out


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A Girls Arts Collective: is a women-led group supporting girls and young women through art in Goma, DRC. It’s the only group of young women visual artists in the region.

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The Population Council, a research-based international non-profit offers us guidance and support for evidence-based program design.  The Population Council has the world’s largest body of research on programs to improve the lives of adolescent girls in developing countries.

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