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Christmas message from the Congo Children Trust
2017 has been a full year at CCT. In Congo, we have seen a large increase in the number of street children seeking our support; a number of UK visitors were welcomed at Kimbilio; we were able to build and renovate some of the buildings on our property; we recently held very useful staff training on working with children accused of witchcraft; wide reaching publicity about Kimbilio’s work went out on Sky News, to name but a few of this years activities.
The year also started with unrest in Lubumbashi, focusing on demonstrations against President Kabila, who should have stood down by November 2016. 2017 has ended without elections, however, they are now being promised in December 2018. It appears that the President is trying to hang on to power by whatever means. Any uprisings against him are being quickly and violently extinguished.
We’re looking forward to a new year with all the unknowns and surprises it will hold. We are so thankful to be in a position to help children facing hugely challenging circumstances. We hope that we will be able to continue to make a real difference in the lives of children who come to us for support. We are grateful for the transformation we have been able to see over this past year.
Two boys, former residents at Kimbilio recently returned to visit. They are now back living with their families and Kimbilio is continuing to pay their school fees. They are doing very well at school. They came to say thank you and ask if there is any chance Kimbilio can help them to attend University in the future. It was so encouraging to see them doing so well. We need your support more than ever to support others like them.
Without your generous donations, all of this wouldn't be possible so thank you!
From all of our DR Congo and UK based staff and children we wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas.
PS. There's still a few days remaining to donate to GlobalGiving's Year End Campaign (finishes midnight 31st December). We are eligible for extra bonus amounts if we get enough donors which would be an amazing way to begin 2018. Please consider supporting us during this season or sharing our projects with friends and family. Thank you!