Seven Marathons in Seven Days: 

Running for Gender Justice in Coffee Communities in Kivu, Eastern DR Congo

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The first ever Run Across Congo will support and celebrate the resurgence of the Kivu Region as a specialty coffee origin through empowering women in farming communities. Runners will traverse the Great Lakes region of Africa for 300 km, hosted along the way by communities with whom Twin and co-organiser,  On The Ground, have existing relationships.

Joining the all-women running team on The Run Across Congo will be Twin’s Coffee Marketing Manager Richard Hide. Read more about Richard's background to participating in the Run.

An all-women team will run the seven marathons in seven days in the high-altitude and mountainous terrain along the shores of Lake Kivu between 24-30th May.The Run will be followed by the first ever specialty coffee cupping competition in the DR Congo, Saveur du Kivu, which will take place on June 2 and 3. For the first time ever, an objective evaluation will occur of all traceable specialty coffees grown and processed in the DR Congo. The Cupping Competition will bring together both growers and international buyers to taste the specialty coffee harvest from throughout the country on one table.

Raising funds for vital work:

All funds raised from the Run Across Congo (24-30 May)will go directly to support women in the region through programmes that create access to knowledge, land, income and healthcare, enabling them to run their own lives and businesses.

The Run will support the hospital that treats victims of sexual violence in the town of Lemera. Rape is used as a weapon of war in Congo and there are many women in need of help who often travel several days on foot to reach the hospital. The Run will also support the Virunga National Park Fallen Rangers Project, working with the widows and children of park rangers who have been killed defending the animals in the park from poachers. Finally, the Run will support an ongoing programme of work, managed by Twin, to enhance female ownership and participation in coffee through grassroots workshops with men and women.

Click here for full details of all the programmes. 

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