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.
Apr 22, 2013

Pens and Pencils!

Pencils and pens awaiting distribution
Pencils and pens awaiting distribution

Pens and pencils have been distributed to 150 students at the 3 primary schools served by the parent project, "Educate 150 Children of Rape Victims in DR Congo." AMCAV and school officials decided that extra pens and pencils would be more beneficial for the kids to have than 1 pen and pencil box as originally proposed. The distribution process was ceremonial in nature, with parents as well as school and AMCAV officials present, and speeches were given about how beneficial the parent project is proving to be. Before the school program began, each child was stigmatized because of their birth status. But upon arrival at the schools, AMCAV worked to make sure both the incoming students and the existing students were acclimated and socially accepting of one another. We are working on changing social norms by encouraging parents in the community to send all children regardless of birth status to school. Some of the children in the program have added struggles, including one albino girl and one girl missing fingers.

Thanks to everyone for fully funding this project. Don't forget to check out the parent project, #6195, here on GlobalGiving!

Happiness Mazingwa, future writer
Happiness Mazingwa, future writer
AMCAV Director Bernadette speaks to parents & kids
AMCAV Director Bernadette speaks to parents & kids
Kids in Kiliba proudly display their writing tools
Kids in Kiliba proudly display their writing tools
Rwenena kids celebrating with pencils & pens
Rwenena kids celebrating with pencils & pens
Apr 22, 2013

Meet Gertride and Happiness!

Gertride, with Bernadette, stands proudly
Gertride, with Bernadette, stands proudly

I first noticed Gertride, an albino girl selected to be in our scholarship program, in a video produced by AMCAV early in our project (this portion not yet translated). Albinos in eastern DR Congo are greatly stigmatized and marginalized, often unloved by their parents. I could tell how shamed Gertride was because she hid her head on her knees during the filming of the video, never looking up. But thanks to the social integration process of AMCAV and school officials, recent photos of Gertride shows her smiling and looking confidently at the camera, including one with AMCAV director Bernadette. I am so proud of her.

Another girl brought to my attention lately is a 9-year-old girl named Happiness. She is missing some fingers but appears to be proud as she holds her new pens and pencils from a fully funded GlobalGiving microproject. This is likely a birth defect called Symbrachydactyly, a condition in which a child is born with small or missing fingers or a missing hand, usually only on one side, as is the case with Happiness. I am sorry that medical options for improving her condition are not available to her.

Continued thanks to all for your continued support of this project.

Gertride, with classmates, awaits distribution
Gertride, with classmates, awaits distribution
Happiness is pleased with her new pens and pencils
Happiness is pleased with her new pens and pencils
Gertride (ctr) hides in shame early in the program
Gertride (ctr) hides in shame early in the program

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Feb 4, 2013

Meet Claudine

Claudine and her first blouse
Claudine and her first blouse

When I first noticed Claudine in a photo, there was a problem. Older than most but attending school for the first time thanks to our program, Claudine had been given a blouse that was too tight for her (Photo 1). "Get that girl a new blouse, please!" I pleaded. AMCAV used their own funds to purchase a new one for her and sent me a photo of her wearing it (Photo 2). In both photos, Claudine looked like she could use a boost of confidence, and I hoped for the best for her. Indeed, Claudine excelled in her studies. At the end-of-school-year exams, Claudine scored so high that the school authorities determined she should be moved from 5th grade primary to 7th grade secondary! And so, as one of the 150 kids this program supports, Claudine became the first AMCAV student to attend the local secondary school in Rwenena. She continues to excel in her studies. In the third photo here, Claudine returned to the primary school to visit friends and check in with AMCAV's director, Bernadette Ntumba. What a striking transformation from the year before! Claudine's mother is lucky enough to have a parcel of land provided as one of AMCAV's income generating projects, and when she saw Bernadette for the first time since Claudine began secondary school, she thanked her profusely with a simple but poignant gift: a basket of fresh green beans! We continue to be grateful for all the support you have provided to enable not only Claudine's education but also that of our other 149 kids. We hope you will consider a(nother) donation to keep this program going strong and to continue to affirm the self-worth, grow the self-confidence, and of course provide essential education for these kids. Thank you!

Claudine and her replacement blouse
Claudine and her replacement blouse
Secondary student Claudine
Secondary student Claudine
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