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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.

Mar 29, 2018

Continuing to Shine a Light, Little by Little

Home
Home

It's now been over a year since we were able to visit Dorsen and Richard with Alex Crawford and the Sky News Team to offer their fathers the chance of shelter, food, care and education for their sons. The team at Kimbilio had been aware of street-connected children who had fled a life of child labour in the artisanal colbalt mines near Lubumbashi, and are hugely grateful for Alex Crawford's report and the opportunity it gave us to help some of these children. This was made possible by your support - Thank you!

As you can see from the photos, Richard and Dorsen are continuing to grow and thrive as part of our Kimbilio family. Both are enjoying school, playing and just having fun with their friends. They have settled in really well and have regular contact with their dads.

Recently CBS News also reported from southern DR Congo. Again, young children were being used as child labour to mine the cobalt that is needed to power many of our now household communication appliances. A light was again shone in to this darkest of trades. You can read their report here.

So for GlobalGiving's Little by Little Campaign, which starts April 9th through to April 13th, we will be focusing on Kimbilio's From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future project. GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. During this campaign, please consider donating or sharing Richard and Dorsen's story with friend or colleagues. Every little helps and is valued immensely.

Thank you once again for your support. 

Having Fun
Having Fun
Mar 29, 2018

Find out more about our latest success story

Making the journey by motorbike
Making the journey by motorbike

We wanted to let you know about one of Kimbilio's latest success stories of reuniting Ann* with her family.

Four months ago a little six year old girl was found living on the streets of Lubumbashi by local social workers. They brought her to Centre Kimbilio and the staff found her a place at the Girls Transit House. Due to her age it was difficult to find out what had happened to her. After months of amazing detective work, the Kimbilio team located her family 45km from Lubumbashi. She had been missing for over a year. The team carried out their assessment and she was able to be reunited with them just a few short weeks ago. The roads are overgrown tracks in that area so they made the long journey via motorbike!
Her mother said, "A woman took her. We looked for her everywhere. We didn't know whether we find her dead or alive but we thank God. Now she is alive. I have nothing to give. A girl is riches. All I can give is my thanks. Thank you."

So thank you - with your support Kimbilio can help so many street-connected children be reunited with their families. 

(*We've changed her name for this update)

Next month, from April 9th through to April 13th, we will be taking part in GlobalGiving's Little by Little Campaign. During this week, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. If you are able, please consider donating or sharing this story with a friend or colleague who also may be able to help. We are focusing on our From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future project for this campaign but every little helps with any of our projects. 

Merci Beaucoup!

Family Hugs
Family Hugs
A family reunited
A family reunited
 
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