Every day, young children are being exploited to work in the artisanal mines in DR Congo. The hours are long and they are often threatened with violence, all for 8p a day. Operating in Katanga province, close to these mines, Kimbilio is able to offer support to some of these young children; transforming their lives from exploitation to a hope-filled future. Kimbilio offers holistic support to children who have lost contact with their families and are trying their best just to survive.
There are a large number of children being exploited in the artisanal mines in Katanga Province. These children are paid around 8p a day to scrabble through earth finding the cobalt mineral which is used in mobile phones and other electronic devices. Conditions are poor, dangerous and violence is always a threat.
Kimbilio is committed to offering children who have become separated from their families a place of safety. Children that we meet through our outreach program are offered holistic care. Kimbilio provides a safe place to sleep, food, clothes, access to health care and education. Where possible, we will try to reunite children with their families, using a safe, sustainable approach. If this is not possible, the child can go to live at part of a family unit in one of our long-term homes.
We will be decreasing the number of children in the artisinal mines. For the individual child, this will mean the opportunity to grow into a healthy young person, ready to engage in their community. It will decrease the risk of being further exploited or encouraged to join local militia as child soldiers. This will in turn have a positive impact on the local province and the country, where more children will be able to grow into fully engaging citizens of a democratic nation.
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