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Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo
Renewable energy for 200 disabled kids in Congo

Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world and has always had to face difficult challenges: civil wars, dictatorial regimes, malnutrition and the latest Ebola emergency have folded the population. People are tired, but they cannot surrender to a new enemy. Covid 19 has also arrived in this country and if it is not stopped it will face a new massacre. The government has ordered the closure of schools, has limited travel and banned gathering, is distributing disposable masks and is providing information on what is happening and on good health standards to keep.

Fortunately now all the girls of Casa Laura and the children followed by the Balou Center are well and follow the sanitary measures necessary to prevent the contagion.

But beside this sanitary emergency a new emergency is increasing: poverty and hunger! The lockdown has led to a sharp rise in the prices of necessities. The population is on its last legs: many have lost their jobs and no longer have the means to survive. Poverty leads to exasperation a population that for years has not known peace and many parents are ready to do anything to give a piece of bread to their children. The fear of looting is strong for both centers and has made necessary the renovation of the door of the entrance of Maison Laura: we cannot afford to risk intrusions and violence at this time of extreme uncertainty.

We certainly cannot close our eyes to so much suffering: together with our local referents, we are in fact supporting the most needy families by distributing, in addition to what we normally provide, milk powder for the babies and basic necessities.

Now more than ever we need YOUR help!

Thank you.

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In Congo, since the election of the new President, the political situation is stalling. From one side this means that there is peace between the factions, on the other side it means that no roads, hospitals and schools are beeing built.

During 2018 the Ebola virus made a lot of victims but luckily it never reached the Lumumbashi area because there are no connection between this area and the Kiwu area in which the virus spread.

At the Balou center the situation is costantly improving both in the education aspect and the human one thanks to the unstopable energy of the director, m.me Maguy, and the help of her amazing staff.

The guests keep coming and now we take care of more than 220 boys and girls!

During our last trip there m.me Maguy thanked us for the things we sent in the container, especially for the washing machine and the generator.

Sadly the energy situation is not improving. Most of the center is often left in the dark and we are still raising funds to build the photovoltaic sistem that could solve this problem for good.

We hope you keep supporting us and tell your friends to join our effort to help our kids.

Thank you

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UNICEF reports that since January, 203,179 cases of measles have been reported in Congo and 4,096 have died. 

Children under the age of five represent 74 % of infections and nearly 90 % of deaths.

The number of measles cases in Congo this year is more than triple the number recorded for all of 2018. This is the world’s largest measles outbreak.

The measles outbreak has become far deadlier than Ebola, which to date, has taken 2,143 lives.

 

As you can imagine, those people with physical and mental disability are even more vulnerable to measles and other infectious diseases. In part because of a marked physical weakness, in part because of their social isolation (since disability is mainly perceived as a fatality for the family and the community, disabled children are often abandoned).

The good news is that our 200 children and young people assisted in Balou have not encountered any health infectious disease like measles, yet.

However, the situation outside the centre is very critical and we are scared an outbreak may start at any moment. 

Hence, your support for the Balou Center is now more important than ever!

You can understand how fundamental it is to have a structure which is autonomous in terms of energy supply. Energy and lights are needed to keep the center as a safe place, and your donations can really make a difference in such a difficult period.

So, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our heart, you are giving light and hope to the people of Balou! 

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Making a journey of solidarity means sleeping in the facilities of local partners, visiting children supported at a distance, laughing and playing with them, attending a lesson at school, seeing all the projects live, bringing practical help to all the people meet in the path. Those who decide to accompany our country managers in the monitoring journey do so in order to live an experience that will lead to a return and that leaves something unique to the known peoples.
The meaning of these trips is very clear to Franca, Gianni and Mario, who for several years have accompanied our manager Francesco to the Congo, and was also appreciated by Claudio who, on his first experience in this country, was able to get closer on tiptoe and with the utmost respect for a different and at the same time fascinating culture. After some hesitations starting due to the Ebola risk, but also limited according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only in the north Kiwu and therefore not dangerous for our travelers, but which however alarmed one of the companions to the point of making them give up the trip itself, on June 23 the group Congo has left for this new adventure!

Here are the words of Francesco:

"During our stay, we also visited the tireless M.me Maguy who, with great enthusiasm, continues the Balou Center for the Disabled. Here the number of guests is constantly growing: to date 225, not only children / teenagers with disabilities, but children with malnutrition problems. As last year the emergency of the center remains the photovoltaic plant that, with more modules, would guarantee constant energy in all the different structures, thus facilitating the assistance provided above all from the internal hospital. While waiting to find the necessary financing for the solar panels, a new generator has been sent with the replacement of the current one in very bad conditions.
And after three intense weeks, we have therefore reached the end of this journey; despite the unexpected and some difficulties, even this year the emotions experienced never cease to amaze me. I look forward to the project in progress with great confidence and I return once more enriched by my departure ”.

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First and foremost, thank y’all for your contributions to this project! Thanks to your support the Balou Center children and its staff are gonna live in better conditions and their future is starting to bright off! There’s still work to do, but having collected half of the targeted amount is surely a great success!

The extraordinary Balou Center manager M.me Maguy, is really grateful for these results and is more and more willing to welcome disabled children and guarantee them a brightful future in Congo. They’re indeed a valued resource for their own country that must be underscored.

The project’s aim is to give these children and youngsters suffering from disability the opportunity to peacefully grow in a loving surrounding where they can play and learn to do some little work, so the Centre structure and its functioning is not to be taken for granted! Despite the ongoing progresses, there’s still an urgent need for electricity, because it works only a few hours a day and it’s endowed only with three small generators. In addition, the school’s cost of petrol is huge and unsustainable. That’s why the installation of a photovoltaic system is a must, also on account of having zero impact on the environment.

The “Little by little” campaign has brought a significant contribution to this project but there’s still much to do, let’s donate!

Good news: in June a volunteer, the referent of the project is looking forward to leave for Congo as to implement the solar panels project!

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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