Provide a Loving Home for Street Girls in DR Congo

by Congo Children Trust
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Summary

Street Girls in Congo are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violence and addiction, and are often invisible on the streets. Our project provides a loving home for 10 street girls, where they live in a small family setting and receive one-to-one support from our carers. The girls enjoy a range of activities such as sewing, art and sports, as well as attending a local school. Ultimately, we try to reunite each girl with her family.
$28,885.00
total goal
$5,044.00
remaining
130
donors
1
monthly donor
1
year active

Challenge

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.

Solution

'Maison Janet Bokwa' will offer 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 the children with their families.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.congochildrentrust.org
Kimbilio's Website
Join our Kimbilio Facebook group
Follow us on Twitter @KimbilioDRCongo

Organization Information

Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.congochildrentrust.org
Project Leader:
Howard Jones
Manchester, United Kingdom

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