Christmas jumper day for the Panzi Hospital

image1 (2)-1Last Friday my colleagues and I donned our Christmas jumpers for charity. I wanted the money to go to a smaller charity which is close to my heart – the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The DRC has been devastated by war and an epidemic of sexual violence for the past 20 years. In 1999 Dr Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital and has since treated over 19,000 women (and often child) survivors of sexual violence. After the survivors have been treated they receive care and are provided shelter, counselling and training in maths, literacy and entrepreneurship. They also receive training in basket weaving, soap making and embroidery.

Dr Denis Mukwege

Dr Denis Mukwege

These services are crucial as up to 60% of the women treated are unable to return home after treatment – most are abandoned by their husbands and families due to the stigma attached to rape.

Ross Kemp meets Dr Mukwege at the Panzi Hospital

I got in contact with the hospital to get an overview of the percentage of a donation that actually goes to helping the survivors, and for every £1 given, 90 pence of it goes towards the hospital treatment and after care. Only 10p goes on admin fees, which is is fantastic compared to a lot of the big charities out there.

We made £50 for the hospital and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of my colleagues who took part.

If you would like to make a donation to the Panzi Hospital, please click here.