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Jun 25, 2018

Family Breakdown

Children can find them on the street for many reasons. Sometimes a parent has died suddenly or they might have been separated from their parents when fleeing violence in another area. Some children are falsely accused of witchcraft or abused at home and for some their parents cannot afford to continue to look after them. The pressures on families are immense that often they make challenging choices and the impact on these young lives is immeasureable.

In May this year a little girl came into Centre Kimbilio, our outreach centre, to ask for help. Her two year old brother was carried carefully on her back. The girl told staff that their parents had had an argument and had abandoned them on the streets.

Kimbilio was able to give these children a loving home. Due to his age and the strong bond he has with his sister, this little family is being cared for together at Transit Filles (the girls' transitional home). With local social workers, Kimbilio staff are making enquiries in the area to endeavour to find the parents and, if possible and safe, to work towards reuniting them with their precious children.

Until then the children are settling in to their new home with new friends and carers. They are enjoying being part of a family and being cared for.

So thank you. Your support not only pays for the transport back to their families or a social worker to assess the family situation, but also for food and transitional accommodation for the children and so many other ways in which Kimbilio continues to support children like these. Please don't forget us on July 18th when GlobalGiving will be running their Rewards Bonus Day. There will be $120,000 in matching funds and bonus prizes available for charities taking part. It runs from 9:00am to 11:59pm EDT (that's 2pm to 4:49am GMT) on Wednesday July 18th. See www.globalgiving.org for full terms and conditions. If you are able please consider supporting one of Congo Children Trust's projects:

https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/27733/congo-children-trust/

Merci Beaucoup!

Jun 25, 2018

Sibling Solidarity

The usual route for many of the girls that we are able to give a loving home to is via Centre Kimbilio. Centre Kimbilio is a safe place for street children to come for food, clothes and support. Most children will just come in and fall straight to sleep because they know they are somewhere safe and won't be harmed while they sleep. But in May this year, a little girl came in to ask for help. Her two year old brother was carried carefully on her back. 

The girl told staff their parents had had an argument and had abandoned them on the streets. Families are under such pressure that they leave their precious children to fend for themselves. The impact on these young lives is immeasureable.

Kimbilio was able to give these children a loving home. Due to his age and the strong bond he has with his sister, these young siblings are being cared for together at Transit Filles (the girls' transitional home). With local social workers, Kimbilio staff are making enquiries in the area to endeavour to find the parents and if possible work towards reuniting them with their children. 

Until then the children are settling in to their new home with new friends and carers. They are enjoying being part of a family and being cared for. 

So thank you. It is your support that allows us to provide a loving home for vulnerable street children. Please don't forget us on July 18th when GlobalGiving will be running their Rewards Bonus Day. There will be $120,000 in matching funds and bonus prizes available. It runs from 9:00am to 11:59pm EDT (that's 2pm to 4:49am GMT) on Wednesday July 18th. See www.globalgiving.org for full terms and conditions. If you are able please consider supporting one of Congo Children Trust's projects:

https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/27733/congo-children-trust/

Merci Beaucoup!

May 2, 2018

Planning the Foundations - Forging Links

Bishop Bertin at Chester Cathedral
Bishop Bertin at Chester Cathedral

It's just been a little over two months since Kimbilio launched the project to build a school on the Maison Kimbilio land. The school has a vision to bring together street children and local children to offer excellent education for all.

We were grateful and honoured to have Bishop Bertin from the Anglican Diocese of Katanga Province visit the UK in February. During his stay, Bishop Bertin was able to offer assurances of his diocese support for this new project and championed the work of Kimbilio in his meetings with supporters and journalists alike. This photo shows Bishop Bertin adding a brick to the lego model at Chester Cathedral. The money raised through the building of this model goes to Chester Education Programme. 

With this, we have begun to draw up plans for the building and co-ordinate the project management. Your donations are gratefully received and give us a good foundation to begin the work.

In the UK, we are also in the process of developing link material for schools to complement their curriculum. We hope these resources will not only assist in raising much needed funds but also in raising awareness and empathy. 

The foundations are being planned and the links are being forged. Kimbilio thanks you for your support to make this possible.

 
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