I have enjoyed volunteering in many remote areas but my trip to the Congo was special. I chose the Congo after learning that the country is one of the world’s poorest and small projects can make a huge difference to people’s lives. My role was to help make a photographic record of the medical training and the trip. What made it special was travelling with Lucy with her close connections and knowledge of the country. Armed only with basic French, I was able to connect and laugh with the people. The trip to the Congo was an amazing experience and my highlight for 2015.
Maureen Burdynski, community volunteer

Maureen Burdynski

Linda“How do I reinvent myself?” That was a question I started to grapple with after a rewarding career in a large, international law firm. Traveling to Congo for the first time in 2008 with my cousin, who grew up there, reminded me of our family history in the country where my aunt and uncle were American missionaries for 30 years. That trip influenced me to leave the corporate world in order to apply my marketing and development skills to capacity-building initiatives at Université Protestante au Congo (UPC My current role has also allowed me to assist HandUp Congo volunteer teams on a whole range of worthwhile projects. Making a different difference in the world! – Linda James, Development and Communications Consultant, UPC

Linda James


Being part of the HandUp Congo team in 2014 was a special new learning experience. At the request of Lotumbe village leaders, I co-facilitated discussions, with amazing local Congolese facilitators, in developing sustainable realistic community development strategies. The participative processes included honouring the work to date over 100 years, and building a vision of the next 100! This was symbolized in the creation of a community song and dance, “Stand Up Lotumbe!”, which continues to be lived out of today, through the efforts of the revitalised Community Management Team, endorsed by the whole community at the church service at the time. I am committed to working with the DRC leaders via the HuC team in working towards sustainable, replicable community self-help processes.

Robyn Hutchinson

terriUsing my French and computer skills to raise awareness about the DRC is both fun and easy for me. What better way to help make this world more connected?

Terri Shine


I’ve always believed that together, we’re better. From Taipei and Kolkata, I support HandUp Congo’s efforts by maintaining the website, designing event flyers and spreading the word to women friends. The more people we can involve in putting the DRC on the world’s radar, the better.

Roma Mehta, artist and community activist

Roma Mehta