AJWS mourns the loss of our dear friend and colleague Jeanne d’Arc Mihigo, who died in a plane crash on July 8th at age 41. As AJWS’s country consultant in Democratic Republic of Congo, Jeanne worked selflessly to broaden and deepen AJWS’s work with grassroots NGOs in the country, promoting human rights in a complex and challenging environment. She brought to the table great expertise in human rights, particularly those of women, children and sexual minorities.
Jeanne was loved by her colleagues and AJWS’s grantees for her warmth of heart, intelligence and passion for improving the lives of people in the DRC. Janvier Bahati Bindu, director of AJWS grantee Action des Chretiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (ACAT) in the DRC said: “She was for us a lady of tremendous value, she has left us when we still have such great need of her!”
Jeanne’s life was a blessing, and will continue to inspire our work for social change in the DRC and around the globe.
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American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
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