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Aug 2, 2019

Laying the Foundations of Education

Bishop Bertin laying the school
Bishop Bertin laying the school's foundation stone

Kimbilio celebrated its 10th Anniversary this July 2019. We had a weekend of celebrations with the children, including a very special ceremony where the Anglican Bishop of Katanga Province, Bishop Bertin, laid the foundation stone for our new Ecole Primaire Kimbilio.

It was lovely to see all the children gather around the foundation stone as the local area is so deprived of affordable services. There was a real buzz in the community about this inpending development, with the area Chief and dignataries also attending the celebrations. The staff and carers at Kimbilio have worked hard to build this trust and partnerships over the last decade. We hope that this continues and local families are encouraged to send their children to school along side former street children.   

The steel in bought, the bricks are dried out and the area has been cleared by our resident builder, Papa David and his team. We're really looking forward to bring you more photos and news of how the building is going very soon. 

Jean Bosco and David at the celebrations
Jean Bosco and David at the celebrations
Children getting excited about their new school
Children getting excited about their new school
Measuring the dimensions of the land
Measuring the dimensions of the land
Land and bricks all ready to go!
Land and bricks all ready to go!
May 7, 2019

International Day of the Street Child at Kimbilio!

Celebrating International Day of the Street Child
Celebrating International Day of the Street Child

April 12th every year marks the International Day of the Street Child… and the anniversary of the official opening of Centre Kimbilio. In 2009, after years of planning and preparation, Kimbilio opened its doors and began the important work of creating a place of safety for street children.

Children find themselves abandoned to the streets for many reasons – the consequence of parental death often due to HIV or malaria, their family may be too poor to feed them, they may have lost their parents while fleeing fighting or they may be stigmatised as child witches.

On the streets they are prey to violence, exploitation and addiction. The rate of HIV is high and if a child is not already a carrier of the virus the risk of soon becoming one is also high. They are isolated and stigmatised.

Kimbilio offers these vulnerable children food, education, healthcare, shelter & emotional support. They also provide a place for the children to be themselves again, whether that be kicking a ball around, playing a game or being creative through art. And whenever its safe to do so, the Kimbilio staff will make every effort to reunite children to their families.

This year, we began the celebrations at Centre Kimbilio with the children and staff. And it doesn’t stop there. We are planning to have a thanksgiving celebration in July for the work of Kimbilio which will include the laying of the foundation stone of Kimbilio’s new primary school. Then in September, Congo Children Trust will be celebrating the year with a garden party in Manchester, UK, which we hope many of our supporters will attend. Watch this space!

May 7, 2019

International Day of the Street Child at Kimbilio!

Celebrating International Day of the Street Child
Celebrating International Day of the Street Child

April 12th every year marks the International Day of the Street Child… and the anniversary of the official opening of Centre Kimbilio. In 2009, after years of planning and preparation, Kimbilio opened its doors and began the important work of creating a place of safety for street children.

Children find themselves abandoned to the streets for many reasons – the consequence of parental death often due to HIV or malaria, their family may be too poor to feed them, they may have lost their parents while fleeing fighting or they may be stigmatised as child witches.

On the streets they are prey to violence, exploitation and addiction. The rate of HIV is high and if a child is not already a carrier of the virus the risk of soon becoming one is also high. They are isolated and stigmatised.

Kimbilio offers these vulnerable children food, education, healthcare, shelter & emotional support. They also provide a place for the children to be themselves again, whether that be kicking a ball around, playing a game or being creative through art. And whenever its safe to do so, the Kimbilio staff will make every effort to reunite children to their families.

This year, we began the celebrations at Centre Kimbilio with the children and staff. And it doesn’t stop there. We are planning to have a thanksgiving celebration in July for the work of Kimbilio which will include the laying of the foundation stone of Kimbilio’s new primary school. Then in September, Congo Children Trust will be celebrating the year with a garden party in Manchester, UK, which we hope many of our supporters will attend. Watch this space!

Waiting for the celebrations to continue
Waiting for the celebrations to continue
Our fantastic staff - Patrick, Jean Bosco & Jean
Our fantastic staff - Patrick, Jean Bosco & Jean
 
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