Oct 21, 2019

The Mai-Mihogo of Bukavu

Foyer Ek’Abana Centre continues to be a reference point for street children in Bukavu.

Street children come from very poor families, they don’t go to school and spend their days at the markets or near shops, where they sale a glass of water in return for something to eat, generally a manioc. For this reason they are called “mai-mihogo”, water-manioc in Swahili language.

In our Centre these children can go to school and receive protection, hospitality, food and care.

“The situation of street children is very difficult, every day I see kids going to Kivu Lake with big 5-litre plastic jugs and I do everything I can to help them”, says Sister Natalina, founder of the Centre.

For this reason, the work of Foyer Ek’Abana Centre is essential to create a real change in society. It provides learning opportunities for poor children and fosters education and awareness-raising activities for them and for their families.

In particular, during last year, a huge number of activities have been organised to spread the values of peace, citizenship and social harmony. In July, during the end of school year party, students conveyed their messages of peace through poetry, music, dance and little shows.

Thank you for your support!  Please, donate to help other street children in Bukavu!

Aug 30, 2019

A new school year is about to begin in Iraq

Children at school
Children at school

In Iraq now it is holiday time for the children who attend the COOPI schools, made with containers because the war destroyed the buildings.

In particular, during this year more than 3.500 kids attended the school, despite the still critical situation in the Country.

Three new schools were made by COOPI and 50 teacher were trained to give the children a psychological support. Children also received new school bags, books and a full school kit. They were very happy about that, and this was possibile also thank to your support!

Our schools are representing for them the only opportunity to receive an education : it is fundamental for their future and for the whole community!

That is our project in Iraq cannot stop: in these days in Mosul zone, our humanitarian operators are working hard to give the children the opportunity to come back to school in September.

We strongly believe that, as Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Thank you for your support!  Please, donate to help other children in Iraq to get an education!

Game moments
Game moments
Backpacks distribution
Backpacks distribution
Recreation time
Recreation time
Full school kit
Full school kit
Jun 26, 2019

A day in the life of a Bukavu child

name and ph. are fictitious to protect her privacy
name and ph. are fictitious to protect her privacy

As you already know Natalina of the Ek Abana center, as well as welcoming the girls who are victims of abandonment, she tries to help, thanks to the funds she receives, even the most distressed children in the nighborood. Life for the children of Bukavu hasn’t always been easy, but now thanks to your support they are overcoming their painful past and enjoying being kids! Are you wondering how these children’s lives look like?

Let’s ask Arlete!

Hi Arlete, can you introduce yourself?
"Hi! My name is Arlete, I’m 12 and this year I’m attending the fourth year of elementary school."

Do you enjoy school?
"I love going to school because every day I can learn something new and I know that If I work hard I can find a good job and help my family. When I grow up I’d like to be a teacher. My favourite subject is French, so maybe I can be a French teacher! "

How does your day look like?
"In the morning I go to school, sometimes I also stay there in the afternoon because there are additional classes for children who want to improve their academic performance. Then I go home and help doing the housework, because I have a lot of siblings, so my parents need some help from each one of us. Usually I wash dishes and go fetch water."

What do you like to do in your free time?
"I like playing with my friends both from home and school, my favourite games are skipping rope and hide and seek.  The thing I like the most is singing and I am a member of the Church choir, which is called "Kizito et Annaurité”. The Church also has a dance group, so going to Church is always fun. "

Is there something you want to say to Ek Abana sponsors?
"Just thank you! Going to school has changed my life, I learned many things and met new friends, I feel safe there and whenever me or my family are going through some tough time we are never alone. "

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