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Jun 25, 2018

Empowering through Education

Children enjoying Centre Kimbilio
Children enjoying Centre Kimbilio

A new artisanal mine has just opened close by to our Centre Kimbilio in Lubumbashi. Centre Kimbilio has been open for nearly a decade now, offering safety, food and support to vulnerable street children. Over the years, Kimbilio staff were often aware of children who had walked many kilometers from the artisanal mines to escape exploitation in the mines. However, this new artisanal colbalt mine is bringing many children and families to the local area. Kimbilio helps over 450 children each month, which will only increase with this new development.

As we continue to develop our project to support children from the artisanal mines, Kimbilio hopes to fund an educational programme to take litracy skills to children living on mine sites with their families. It may just be one small drop in the ocean, but Kimbilio hopes this preventative intervention will help stop more children ending up on the streets. 

So thank you. Your support is amazing and we are so grateful for it. 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. 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

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!

 
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