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Nov 21, 2018

Greetings from Jean Bosco, Kimbilio Director

Jean Bosco Tshiswaka, Kimbilio Director
Jean Bosco Tshiswaka, Kimbilio Director

Thank you for all your support throughout this year. We wanted to take this opportunity to let you hear directly from Jean Bosco Tshiswaka who is the Director of Kimbilio. He writes:

 “Dear Friends of Kimbilio,

 I am writing to thank you so much for your support to our work at Kimbilio in 2018.

I had really hoped to meet some of you this year in England, but unfortunately the High Commission again refused to give me the visa. That does not prevent me from expressing my deep gratitude to you for all that you have done to support me and Kimbilio's work.

Your support has allowed us to help many children and to assist many families of these vulnerable children including:

  • An average of 43 children among them 38 boys and 5 girls per day at the Day Centre (Centre Kimbilio)
  • 31 children currently living in our four houses, including 15 girls and 16 boys
  • 33 children have so far been reunited with their families this year, among them 10 girls and 23 boys
  • 23 children being supported through financing their school fees

Also, thanks to your support we have managed to start a program of enabling and equipping vulnerable young mums through a teaching hair salon; as well as continuing to support the mothers of some children reintegrated to their families by training them in our sewing program.  

We have worked hard this year and 2018 has been a good year for us at Kimbilio, but we still have some challenges to improve our work for these children, especially during family reintegrations. Some children’s families refuse to take them back and will accuse them of witchcraft. Some families are so poor that the children refuse to stay in the families and prefers to go back in the street where they can find small things to eat. So it is sometimes difficult for us to meet all these cases and to welcome more than our capacity. At this time we have more children on the streets of Lubumbashi, many coming from Kasai region where they had faced violence, hunger and disease. 

Once again thanks for your goodwill to help us to help this vulnerable group and we hope that you will continue with such generosity.  

Yours Sincerely,

Jean  Bosco TSHISWAKA
Director  of  Kimbilio” 

We are so thankful for Jean Bosco and his wonderful team at Kimbilio. They work tirelessly for the wellbeing of those children connected to the streets in Lubumbashi. Next year, we hope to continue to grow in meeting the needs of street-connected children. Our hope is to complete the first stage of our primary school in the grounds of Maison Kimbilio. We aim to make it a flagship school, well known for the care and attention in helping each child achieve their potential where stigmatized street-connected children will be educated alongside local children. For more info about this please visit our GlobalGiving page here

So for this #GivingTuesday and #YearEndCampaign with GlobalGiving, we are asking our supporters to commit to sharing our stories of Kimbilio with a friend or a colleague that is interested in supporting a small grassroots charity. Your continued support and enthusiasm are so important to us.

For these campaigns we will be focusing on our school project so if you are able to give at this time of year, please consider Congo Children Trust especially on #GivingTuesday which is the 27th November. On this day all donations will be matched with an Incentive Fund. The Incentive Fund will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals.  

And if you regularly give one off to Congo Children Trust, why not explore recurring giving each month? During the Year End Campaign, new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project started during the campaign will get an additional 100% match from GlobalGiving on the initial donation as long as it remains active for at least four consecutive payments.

Full terms and conditions for all of these ways to give can be found on the GlobalGiving website. Giving Tuesday begins on 27th November and the Year End Campaign continues from 28th November to the 31st December 2018. 

Thank you again for your continued support and may we take this opportunity to be one of the first to wish you Happy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year.    

Oct 29, 2018

Back to School - Kimbilio's reality & big plans

Off to school for the start of term!
Off to school for the start of term!

This term, our young girls and boys in the care of Kimbilio went back to school to continue their studies. Throughout the summer holidays they have continued to read and study as well as enjoy lots of playtime. Now was the time to return to their classes. We are incredible proud of how hard working each child is and their enthusiasm for learning is wonderful. 

Education in D.R. Congo is held in high regard. It is seen as a way out of poverty and a way to change lives. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the state funded education which still requires school fees to be paid, as well as exam fees. Many parents of street children often say that the additional cost of education is one of the reasons that their child has ended up on the streets.

Currently, Kimbilio helps children living on the streets of Lubumbashi work towards achieving their dreams of becoming a teacher, a pilot, a hairdresser or a doctor in many different ways. 

We have a robust and safe reintegration procedure, where when a child is welcomed back to their family, Kimbilio can offer to help with school fees. We have seen the benefits of this, as last year two children that had been reunited with their families returned to ask for help with college fees.

We have apprenticeship programs and projects for those children and young people who are less suited traditional education. Most recently we have set up a Young Mums' Hair Salon where young women can learn how to provide for their small families. All of the young mums on the first cohort of training had been street children.

If we are waiting and trying to find a child's family, they will often stay at Kimbilio's Transit Homes, where tutors come to visit and teach them the basics of how to read, mathematics and art.

And when a child cannot be reunited with their parents, Kimbilio supports and nurtures them at Maison Kimbilio and they are able to attend a local school. We had much excitement and celebration this year when one of our older boys from Maison Kimbilio was awarded the Diplôme D'état (the nationally recognised diploma of education). This was a first for Kimbilio!

As you already know, our plans are so much bigger than this. Bit by bit with your help Kimbilio is moving towards our Tenth Anniversary and the completion of the first stage of our own school in 2019. This school will give every child in Kimbilio’s care the opportunity to realise their own dreams alongside children from the local community.

Children learning together, eating together and playing together will go a long way to breaking some of the stigmatisation that former street children carry into later life.

Thank You

Ready for the new term
Ready for the new term
Looking so smart & ready to learn!
Looking so smart & ready to learn!
Getting ready for their first day back at school
Getting ready for their first day back at school
Sep 19, 2018

Back to School

Holiday Reading
Holiday Reading

This month, our young girls in the care of Kimbilio went back to school to continue their studies. Throughout the summer holidays they have continued to read and study as well as enjoy lots of playtime. Now was the time to return to their classes. We are incredible proud of how hard working each child is and their enthusiasm for learning is wonderful. 

Education in D.R. Congo is held in high regard. It is seen as a way out of poverty and a way to change lives. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the state funded education which still requires school fees to be paid, as well as exam fees. Many parents of street children often say that the additional cost of education is one of the reasons that their child has ended up on the streets.

Kimbilio helps children living on the streets of Lubumbashi work towards achieving their dreams of becoming a teacher, a pilot, a hairdresser or a doctor in many ways. 

We have a robust and safe reintegration procedure. When a child is welcomed back to their family, Kimbilio can offer to help with school fees. We have seen the benefits of this, as last year two children that had been reunited with their families returned to ask for help with college fees.

We have apprenticeship programs and projects for those young people who are less suited traditional education. Most recently we have set up a Young Mums' Hair Salon where young women can learn how to provide for their small families. All of the young mums on the first cohort of training had been street children.

If we are waiting and trying to find a child's family, they will often stay at Kimbilo's Girls' Transit House, where tutors come to visit and teach them the basics of how to read, mathematics and art.

And when a child cannot be reunited with their parents, Kimbilio supports and nurtures them at Maison Janet Bokwa and they are able to attend a local school. 

As you can see, providing a loving home for street girls goes way beyond a roof over their heads. It means nurturing them and providing the opportunities which will allow them to flourish. That's what your donation does - Thank You

Next year is Kimbilio's Tenth Anniversary and our plan is to complete the first stage of construction of our own school, supported by the local Anglican Diocese. This school will see children from all backgrounds learning together which we hope will help to some of the prejudices that street-connected children face. You can find out more about the project on our GlobalGiving page here

Thank you again. We wish you a happy Autumn!

Getting ready for their first day back at school
Getting ready for their first day back at school
Young mums learning business skills
Young mums learning business skills
 
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