There are thought to be over 250,000 children living on the streets of D. R. Congo. Many have been orphaned; or their parents have divorced and abandoned them for their new families. Others are accused of child witchcraft, a wide held belief in Congo which forces children to flee for fear of abuse or stigmatisation. Children are drawn to local markets, where they can find shelter and work. Young girls are particularly vulnerable in this environment, and are often exploited for prostitution.
'Maison Janet Bokwa' is now offering a safe haven for 10 street girls, where they receive a local education, friendship and one-to-one support. Situated on the outskirts of Lubumbashi, the house offers a peaceful environment for children to overcome their time on the streets, and enjoy activities such as sewing, arts and sports. Over time, we aspire to reunite these children with their families.
Overall, the Congo Children Trust's Kimbilio Project supports over 100 street children each month, helping them to build a future with hope. 'Maison Janet Bokwa' offers 10 girls an escape from living on the streets, and an opportunity to improve their future prospects. Where possible, we work with each girl's family and community to overcome the reasons for her ending up on the streets, and tackle the stigma surrounding street children to allow the child to be safely reunited with her family.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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