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Jan 2, 2012

Update on DR Congo Students You Have Supported, Part I

Claudinne, a Global Giving-supported school girl
Claudinne, a Global Giving-supported school girl

Good news to report, straight from DR Congo. Bernadette and other AMCAV officials spoke with schoolgirls (the vast majority of Global Giving donors support girls), their mothers, school officials, and teachers:

Remember, the older students we're supporting were born of rape and had never, until now, attended school because they're considered rejects of society. According to the teacher, Ms. Neema, of the school ELIMU BORA, KILIBA SUCKI, our students were initially ill at ease with the younger schoolchildren. Today, however, thanks to "multiple awareness sessions" organized and implemented by counselors at AMCAV, the children are well integrated. Even the games have been changed to accommodate the diverse age groups.

I had Bernadette ask the children how they like going to school. She reports, "All the children that we have asked responded that they always want to go to school. The teachers confirm that the children we send to school thanks to Global Giving donors are never absent even if they are sick. They truly like to attend school."

The Global Giving/AMCAV students report that they are studying hard. They are surpassing their younger classmates in studies in their native tribal language, but they are having difficulties with learning government-required French, having never been exposed to the language before.

We have been gifted 5 desktop computers for these students, which could potentially be loaded with level 1 French software, but our huge problem is that the offer does not include shipping. If anyone knows of another organization that can donate shipping service from Washington, DC, to eastern DR Congo, please notify us.

More will be revealed in Part 2 of this report. For now, let's just say the kids and their mothers are extremely grateful for each and every donation that comes to this project. Please consider supporting them again, perhaps with a recurring donation.

Oct 18, 2011

See what your donations have done! New photos!

Preparing to receive goods in Luberizi
Preparing to receive goods in Luberizi

Dear Donors - I hope these photos are as rewarding for you to see as they are for me. Thanks only to your collective donations, a selection of children of raped women are now attending schools in Rwenena, Luberizi, and Kiliba - all in Fizi Territory, South Kivu, DR Congo. The photos here document AMCAV's distribution of uniforms, shoes, and backpacks to these kids.

Bernadette, AMCAV director, writes:

We thank everyone who has donated through GlobalGiving on behalf of these vulnerable children. If you look at the photos, you will see that the children are extremely proud to be attending school. Although these chiildren still face discrimination in their lives, donors have done much to improve them. Please keep in mind that there are still many other children who remain in need.

With this in mind, you might consider another donation today, October 19, as all donations up to $1,000 per donor will be matched at 30% while matching funds last. Bonus funds gone? No worries, the project can still use the money. Also available is the option of a recurring donation - even if it's just a few dollars a month. What a long way those dollars would go over there.

I am attaching a selection of photos to this update. AMCAV distributed uniforms, shoes, and backpacks to the children, and the photos document this process.

Finally, something to look forward to: A video with children's testimonials has been made, but we're still trying to figure out a way for folks in DRC to deliver it - the file is very large. So stay tuned.

Thanks and best wishes to all.

A girl receives items in Kiliba
A girl receives items in Kiliba
Luberizi schoolchildren after distribution
Luberizi schoolchildren after distribution

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