In the latter months of 2016, this GlobalGiving project was started to help raise funds to provide a loving home for street connected girls. Kimbilio had short term accommodation for girls but was finding that some families needed a little more time before the child was able to be reunited. We needed some long term accommodation where the children could continue to grow and thrive, but also give the families the time they needed to welcome them back. This GlobalGiving project was initally set up to raise money to build Maison Janet Bokwa, a place of safety and love for these young girls.
This July 2019, a small team of UK volunteers visited Lubumbashi for Kimbilio's 10th Anniversary Celebrations. They had a fortnight packed with visiting all aspects of the project. In this time we were able to make several visits to Maison Janet Bokwa. The live in carers there are Selemani, Colette and their children. Its a fun and happy place, where the children are warm, fed and loved. The girls go to school and during our visit it was the last day of term with end of year reports. They all received good results and will be moving up to the next class in the new school year.
So you did it, you provided a loving home for these former street girls. You gave the wonderful staff at Kimbilio the resources and tools to do all of this. Thank you.
Over the next few months, as the final touches are put on the home (like a solar powered water pump), Kimbilio will look to close this particular GlobalGiving project. We will be opening a new one which focuses on all of our work with street connected girls, from first access right through to reuniting them with their families or providing a place of safety for them in the meantime. We hope that you will chose to continue to support us in this much needed work. To run Maison Janet Bokwa for 1 month alone costs £1230 and the reintegration process for one girl can cost £234. The work continues. So as we celebrate 10 years of Kimbilio giving street children a place of safety to run to, help us look forward with hope and determination that we will be able to continue to support street girls into the next decade and beyond.
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