ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN MOTHERS FOR ASSISTANCE TO VULNERABLE (AMCAV)

Our mission is to teach women their rights, mechanisms to promote and claim. Our vision is to bring rural women to become aware of their rights, defend them, and claim them. Our objective is to contribute to respect for human rights in general, woman and children in particular.
Feb 24, 2015

Rwenena: A Forgotten Village

The Rwenena school community with military escort
The Rwenena school community with military escort

Communications Challenges

It's been a rough ride in the Congo since our last report. In the last month, the government arranged to shut off all communications for socio-political reasons (see links). No Internet, e-mail, texting, or phone. Don't be misled by the "restoration" reported from Kinshasa on the far side of the country: in the east, they know irregular power and communications lines all too well. Neither Internet nor electricity are found in the rural areas of our three school communities.

The Cow Path Leads Here

Rwenena (Reh-NEHN-uh) is the most remote and volatile of these three communities. To get there, you must travel several miles on what appears to be little more than a grassy cow path, several miles off the main road, very close to the Burundian border. Rwenena is truly overlooked by the rest of the world - no other assistance comes their way. Although this program does what it can, they are in need of everything else, including health care, adequate food, clean water, income-generating activities, and education for more children. Despite all these needs, the village remains grateful to you, the GlobalGiving donors, for what this project does for their children. Everyone there knows that education is the key to a better life.

A Place To Sit

The Rwenena Primary School principal, Isaac, travels by scooter from his far-off home to the school; expenses eat up $30 of his $50-a-month salary, and he has a family to support. Until recently, he had no chair waiting for him at the school, and his desk was so unstable when I saw it, I thought it would topple over at the slightest touch. Thanks to an outside funder, we were able to acquire new furniture for our students, teachers, and administrators. Included is a new desk and chair for Isaac.

Military Escort for These Photos!

Getting the photos you see here (and others that have had technical glitches so are not yet available) from Rwenena was the result of a tremendous effort. Project Co-Leader Bernadette was concerned about her security traveling to Rwenena so was able to acquire an approved military escort for her trip.The group she found - along with the escorts - appears in the main photo. She reports that the escort joined the community in their gratitude for this project. Don't miss the photo that shows our friend Issac at his new table, sitting on his new chair.

Please Consider A Donation

School continues, and now, more than ever, we need your donations to cover costs. Consider donating as a gift, a tribute, or a repeat or recurring donation. Continued gratitude to our recurring donors!

Follow-Up

As a follow-up to our last report, Iain Guest of The Advocacy Project has pledged to offer continuing consulting support not only to this education project, but to AMCAV in general. For this we are extremely grateful.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your caring support.

Isaac at his new table!
Isaac at his new table!
Isaac
Isaac's office in 2013, as seen by Annette

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Dec 1, 2014

Kick Off the Holiday Season with Our Congo Kids!

Iain
Iain's meeting with some of our Luberizi students

I am excited to share with you that Iain Guest, Founder and Executive Director of The Advocacy Project, recently donated his consulting services to our project, coordinating visits to both AMCAV in DRC and myself in the States. He negotiated a good working strategy for how to make our project stronger - not just paying the school fees each month but creating a solid infrastructure from which we can eventually expand to serve more of the students that hope to one day join our program (their famiies do not have the means to pay the modest school fees). We are contemplating best ways forward, which I will share with you as plans develop. In the meantime, know that the 130 children supported by this project continue to make progress in their studies this year thanks to your donations.

I want to give a special shout-out to our recurring donors, who I don't always get a chance to thank personally. Although we are grateful for any and all donations that may come our way, recurring donations allow us to plan ahead in a more predictable manner. Even $10 a month makes a sizable difference. I'd also like to remind you that you can start a fundraiser of any kind here on GlobalGiving for a variety of occasions and specialize this project as the recipient. To start your own, go to https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type or use mine: http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/educate-130-children-of-drc-rape-victims-1/.

Last but not least, Giving Tuesday is coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and as a Microsoft YouthSpark participant, our project is eligible for matching funds at 100% to be released at the following times: 

Please try to make donations as close to these start times as possible, as matching funds run out quickly. Of course if you miss the matching funds, your donations are still welcome!

We send each of you gratitude and wish you a great holiday season and a happy, healthy 2015! You can reach me anytime at annetteamcav@gmail.com.

Annette (with Bernadette and our 3 school communities)

Words of gratitude from our Luberizi principal (r)
Words of gratitude from our Luberizi principal (r)
Our Luberizi principal accepts token gifts.
Our Luberizi principal accepts token gifts.
Oct 27, 2014

Arrival of Shoes and Socks!

Gently used shoes & new socks await new owners
Gently used shoes & new socks await new owners

The successful funding of this microproject to provide shoes and socks for the students in Kiliba, DR Congo, has happily coincided with the start-of-term distribution of school uniforms and school supplies. This is a joyous day not only for our students at the Elimu Bora School but also for their mothers, who have had to endure so much hardship in their lives. To receive acknowledgment in the form of these provisions means that their children are not stigmatized by virtue of their birth conditions but valued as worthy with potential to succeed. The opportunity to gain an education (through our main project, #8568) for these children gives them much-needed hope.

During distribution, students and/or parents select the gently used shoes that best fit them; all (striped) socks are new.

Thank you again. Please consider donating to our main project, either now or on Giving Tuesday, December 2:

 globalgiving.org/projects/educate-congolese-children-born-of-rape/

Students select the shoes that fit them best.
Students select the shoes that fit them best.
Mother and dtr happy with shoes and other items
Mother and dtr happy with shoes and other items
The program also serves older youth.
The program also serves older youth.

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