From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future

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It's now been over a year since we were able to visit Dorsen and Richard with Alex Crawford and the Sky News Team to offer their fathers the chance of shelter, food, care and education for their sons. The team at Kimbilio had been aware of street-connected children who had fled a life of child labour in the artisanal colbalt mines near Lubumbashi, and are hugely grateful for Alex Crawford's report and the opportunity it gave us to help some of these children. This was made possible by your support - Thank you!

As you can see from the photos, Richard and Dorsen are continuing to grow and thrive as part of our Kimbilio family. Both are enjoying school, playing and just having fun with their friends. They have settled in really well and have regular contact with their dads.

Recently CBS News also reported from southern DR Congo. Again, young children were being used as child labour to mine the cobalt that is needed to power many of our now household communication appliances. A light was again shone in to this darkest of trades. You can read their report here.

So for GlobalGiving's Little by Little Campaign, which starts April 9th through to April 13th, we will be focusing on Kimbilio's From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future project. GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50% with $50,000 in matching funds. During this campaign, please consider donating or sharing Richard and Dorsen's story with friend or colleagues. Every little helps and is valued immensely.

Thank you once again for your support. 

Having Fun
Having Fun
Dorsen and Richard getting ready for Christmas
Dorsen and Richard getting ready for Christmas

Christmas message from the Congo Children Trust

2017 has been a full year at CCT. In Congo, as well as seeing a large increase in the number of street children seeking our support, we also gained wide reaching publicity about Kimbilio’s work that was broadcast on Sky News. This opened new opportunities for Kimbilio to support some of the children exploited in the artisinal colbalt mines near Lubumbashi.

On addition to this, the situation in DR Congo continues to be challenging. The year started with unrest in Lubumbashi, 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 thankful for the transformation we have been able to see over this past year.

As you can see from the photo, Dorsen and Richard continue to grow and thrive in the care of Kimbilio. They have as regular contact with their fathers as possible and they are really enjoying doing everything that children do, even if it does mean school sometimes! It is so encouraging to see them doing so well. We need your support more than ever to support others like them.

Thank you so much for your donation to Kimbilio in this valuable work.

P.S. 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!

Concentrating in the classroom
Concentrating in the classroom

This project was very much driven by a need. At the beginning of summer this year, Kimbilio was instrumental in helping two young boys who had been identified in a Sky News investigation of children exploited in the colbalt mines of former Katanga Province, DR Congo. Your generous donation has made such a difference to their lives and we just want to update you about how they are.

Richard and Dorsen have settled well into one of our boys' homes in Lubumbashi. Here they receive love, support, food and shelter, as well as plenty of opportunities to play and just be little boys. The staff ensure that both children have a weekly phone call with their fathers and that visits are arranged as regularly as possible.

Dorsen and Richard also have started the new school year with their friends at the local school. They are enjoying their lessons and are eager to learn. In both school and at home, they continue to make strong friendships. 

This summer has been transformative to the lives of these two young boys. At present, the Congo Children Trust team and the local Kimbilio team are exploring ways in which we can extend the project to help give more children, who are being exploited in the colbalt mines, a more hope filled future. 

All of this was and is made possible by your generous donations. Thank you for your continued support.

Ready for school
Ready for school
Reading in their new classroom at Maison Kimbilio
Reading in their new classroom at Maison Kimbilio

Although we are regularly updated each week by the manager of Kimbilio, M. Jean Bosco Tshiswaka, we do always relish the opportunity to visit DR Congo. This month our Founding Director, Ian Harvey, returned to Lubumbashi for Kimbilio's 8th Anniversary celebrations with two other volunteers, Marguerite Koefman and Gill Venton.

Mama Marguerite has taken over many children’s French books and set up a reading programme for the children. This has been especially exciting for the children as they have been using the newly refurbished classroom at the Kimbilio boys' transit house. Mama Gill continues to support and is very much an integral part of the sewing workshop team. Both she and Kimbilio’s Sewing Project Manager, Mireille, are making plans for a second sewing workshop. There's no stopping them!

Ian has also had chance to catch up with the some of the children rescued from exploitation in the artisanal mines nearby to Lubumbashi. You may remember that earlier this year Sky News feature a report by Alex Crawford about the living conditions of children and their families working in the colbalt mines. With the help of Alex and her team, Jean Bosco and the Kimbilio team located and offer two children a place at Kimbilio. Here they are given the chance to be children again: to learn, play, eat and sleep in safety. We hope to expand our projects to offer the same support to many more families, but we need your help and support.

An easy way of helping your money go just that bit further is the GlobalGiving Rewards Bonus Day. You donate and the money is boosted by GlobalGiving meaning even more resources available to Kimbilio. The next bonus day is from 2pm on Wednesday 12th July till 4.59am on 13th July GMT. On this day Congo Children Trust (the UK based charity which supports Kimbilio) will be matched at 50%. That means in you donate £10 we actually get £15 (click here for terms and conditions). All day long there will be a 100% match on new recurring donations and, at the end of Bonus Day, the projects with the most funds raised and the most donors secured will each receive a $1,000 bonus prize. For this reason we will be focusing on the “From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future” project for this bonus day, and would appreciate donations to be directed there if possible but all donations are gratefully received. Please make a note of the time depending on where you live as match funds do run out quickly. We’ll be reminding you again nearer the time.

As always, thank you for your continued support – it brings a lot of hope and happiness to many children in Lubumbashi, DR Congo.

Mireille & Gill planning more sewing workshops
Mireille & Gill planning more sewing workshops
Marguerite teaching the children dominoes
Marguerite teaching the children dominoes
 

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Congo Children Trust

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

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