In the Democratic Republic of Congo, neighbors are working together with the International Rescue Committee to build up and improve their communities. And with the IRC's support, women who were once denied the right to participate are stepping forward to lead this process. They're making and influencing decisions that affect their communities' futures—for example, deciding whether to build new schools or health centers, improve roads or construct water collection points. At the same time these women are serving as role models for the next generation. The program, called Tuungane, has brought hope to more than 2.27 million people in eastern Congo since 2007.