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Our newest initiative is the support of orphans and abandoned children in the city of Mbujimayi. We are helping support 5 orphanages with around 150 children ranging in age from newborns to 18 years olds.

The second annual Celebration for Congolese Orphans raised over $25,000 to help feed and care for over 150 orphan children. A nutritionist was hired to improve nutrition and school fees were paid for 100 primary school students, 46 secondary school children, and 3 university students. Each orphanage also received $2000 to invest in a self-sustaining project-which included: a corn mill, a small motorcycle, a refrigeration system, a chicken coop for over 100 chickens, and one orphanage had to use their money to find new housing, as the government forced them out of their location. One university student was able to buy a sewing machine.  This initiative helps improve outcomes for these children and their communities.

The cost to provide basic support of a child is:
:

  1. Food                            $ 1.20/day
  2. Primary school.         $ 1-$5/month for tuition/supplies ( 9 months a year)
  3. Secondary school         $ 10 /month for tuition/supplies ( 9 months a year)
  4. University                      $ 500/year for tuition/supplies

 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world. The DRC topped the Global Hunger Index in 2011 – with the highest proportion of undernourished people – about 70 percent of the population – and one of the highest child mortality rates.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/democratic-republic-of-congo-tops-global-hunger-index

The index combines three indicators – the proportion of undernourished in the population, the proportion of young children who are underweight and the mortality rate for under-fives. It uses the most recent data available from 2004 to 2009.

The recent worldwide economic recession has had catastrophic consequences in the Congo. Decreasing incomes have been compounded by recent mine closings or drastic wage cuts, further reducing people’s meager income. This dreadful situation is exacerbated by war raging in the eastern part of the country which puts additional pressure on an already weak socioeconomic system. Since 1998 over 5.4 million people have died as a result of a 10 year civil war, starvation, and untreated illness. It is the most deadly conflict today. About 1500 people are dying every day. Refugees – people without a home, a job, or any money – are forced to flee to other parts of the country.

Medicine, medical equipment and supplies, food, and clothing are all desperately needed for the poor in the Kasai region which covers more than 200,000 square miles and has over 10 million people. The country’s civil war has worsened the situation, and increasing numbers of people are without basic essentials.