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Provide a Loving Home for Street Girls in DR Congo

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This month, our young girls in the care of Kimbilio went back to school to continue their studies. Throughout the summer holidays they have continued to read and study as well as enjoy lots of playtime. Now was the time to return to their classes. We are incredible proud of how hard working each child is and their enthusiasm for learning is wonderful. 

Education in D.R. Congo is held in high regard. It is seen as a way out of poverty and a way to change lives. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the state funded education which still requires school fees to be paid, as well as exam fees. Many parents of street children often say that the additional cost of education is one of the reasons that their child has ended up on the streets.

Kimbilio helps children living on the streets of Lubumbashi work towards achieving their dreams of becoming a teacher, a pilot, a hairdresser or a doctor in many ways. 

We have a robust and safe reintegration procedure. When a child is welcomed back to their family, Kimbilio can offer to help with school fees. We have seen the benefits of this, as last year two children that had been reunited with their families returned to ask for help with college fees.

We have apprenticeship programs and projects for those young people who are less suited traditional education. Most recently we have set up a Young Mums' Hair Salon where young women can learn how to provide for their small families. All of the young mums on the first cohort of training had been street children.

If we are waiting and trying to find a child's family, they will often stay at Kimbilo's Girls' Transit House, where tutors come to visit and teach them the basics of how to read, mathematics and art.

And when a child cannot be reunited with their parents, Kimbilio supports and nurtures them at Maison Janet Bokwa and they are able to attend a local school. 

As you can see, providing a loving home for street girls goes way beyond a roof over their heads. It means nurturing them and providing the opportunities which will allow them to flourish. That's what your donation does - Thank You

Next year is Kimbilio's Tenth Anniversary and our plan is to complete the first stage of construction of our own school, supported by the local Anglican Diocese. This school will see children from all backgrounds learning together which we hope will help to some of the prejudices that street-connected children face. You can find out more about the project on our GlobalGiving page here

Thank you again. We wish you a happy Autumn!

Getting ready for their first day back at school
Getting ready for their first day back at school
Young mums learning business skills
Young mums learning business skills

The usual route for many of the girls that we are able to give a loving home to is via Centre Kimbilio. Centre Kimbilio is a safe place for street children to come for food, clothes and support. Most children will just come in and fall straight to sleep because they know they are somewhere safe and won't be harmed while they sleep. But in May this year, a little girl came in to ask for help. Her two year old brother was carried carefully on her back. 

The girl told staff their parents had had an argument and had abandoned them on the streets. Families are under such pressure that they leave their precious children to fend for themselves. The impact on these young lives is immeasureable.

Kimbilio was able to give these children a loving home. Due to his age and the strong bond he has with his sister, these young siblings are being cared for together at Transit Filles (the girls' transitional home). With local social workers, Kimbilio staff are making enquiries in the area to endeavour to find the parents and if possible work towards reuniting them with their children. 

Until then the children are settling in to their new home with new friends and carers. They are enjoying being part of a family and being cared for. 

So thank you. It is your support that allows us to provide a loving home for vulnerable street children. Please don't forget us on July 18th when GlobalGiving will be running their Rewards Bonus Day. There will be $120,000 in matching funds and bonus prizes available. It runs from 9:00am to 11:59pm EDT (that's 2pm to 4:49am GMT) on Wednesday July 18th. See www.globalgiving.org for full terms and conditions. If you are able please consider supporting one of Congo Children Trust's projects:

https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/27733/congo-children-trust/

Merci Beaucoup!

Reunited with her mother and family
Reunited with her mother and family

Last month, the Kimbilio staff were able to reunite a little girl back to her family. Once her mother had greeted her child she was able to speak about it. She 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."

A girl is riches! Thank you - with your support Kimbilio can help so many street-connected girls in so many ways to reunite them with their families and bring them home or by providing short and long- term homes for them. Your donations and support help them on every step of their Kimbilio journey, to provide shelter, food, health care and education or vocational training, as well as a loving home with people who care.  

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. 

Friends together
Friends together
Happy Christmas from Kimbilio
Happy Christmas from Kimbilio

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.

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. 

Joyeux Noël!

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!

Ready for School
Ready for School

The school year started with much excitement from the Maison Janet Bokwa girls. Smart uniforms and bags packed - just time for photographs by the proud Kimbilio staff waving them off for their first day of learning. Congo Children Trust and the staff at Kimbilio continue to be extremely proud to support these brilliant young girls. In this Kimbilio is not only offering them long-term shelter, food and safety but also hope, encouragement and a real chance of growing up to make a difference in their community.

Thank you for your continued support - it helps Kimbilio make these memories and more. 

 

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Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.congochildrentrust.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @kimbiliodrcongo
Project Leader:
Eva Walters
Manchester, United Kingdom
$41,386 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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