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

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
Nov 20, 2012

New Arrival!

Bernadette provides training for camera operation
Bernadette provides training for camera operation

Thanks to an in-kind gift of one supporter, three cameras with limited video capability have been gratefully received by each of our three schools. The distances between Bernadette and the 3 schools are significant, with government security checkpoints along the way. Now that schools have their own cameras (giving Bernadette the cards at regular intervals so she can send the photos electronically), we’re hoping to post more frequent project reports for supporters like you.

Camera Training: Stateside, Annette made a series of instructional videos (in French - thanks, Laurence!) on each of the cameras for the schools to see and learn from; Bernadette supplemented the training in person upon delivery. Officials, teachers, and of course kids are all excited about this gift. Check out the photos posted here of delivery and training day.

Donations are running on the low side so we're hoping to get a boost from you. I am removing supplemental materials from the donation choices and filling them in only with tuition fees, which is our essential need. It would be great if you could remember our project in your holiday giving (remember the Tribute option for gifts!) and pass along our need to those in your social circles.

I'd also like to announce that we have a new related micro project page here on Global Giving which I hope will be up and running by the time this report is posted: search "Fund Writers at Schools in DR Congo" (#12473), which provides pens and pencil boxes to each of our students. Donations for tuition remains our first priority, however.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters for caring about these Congo kids. We wish you all a joyous holiday season and a prosperous, happy, and healthy 2013.

checking out the camera
checking out the camera
a lighthearted moment
a lighthearted moment
checking out the camera
checking out the camera

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