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From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future

by Congo Children Trust
From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future
Richard and Dorsen at Richard
Richard and Dorsen at Richard's Grandma's home

Dorsen and Richard are flourishing in their term time home at Kimbilio. Under the care and attention of Patrick and Nana at the boys transit home and alongside the other children they continue to thrive and grow into happy, young boys. During Kimbilio's 10th Anniversary celebrations we received the good news that Dorsen came 3rd in his class and Richard came 5th. They love going to school and learning, and are looking forward to moving up to their new class this September.

As with every holidays, the children go home to visit their family. They are missed at Kimbilio during these breaks but the need to keep them connected with their families has always been our highest priority. 

Last week the children were taken by Patrick to Richard's grandmother and then on to Dorsen's paternal aunt's home. At Dorsen's aunt's home, they sadly found that the family were in mouning for Dorsen's dad. Kimbilio Director, Jean Bosco, worked closely with the family since the beginning and says that Dorsen's dad was the victim of an organised crime gang operating in the mining area. 

Dorsen is devasted by his father's passing, and now finds himself orphan of both parents. We are so glad that Patrick was with him for this news and that Jean Bosco will continue to work with the family and make sure that Dorsen gets the support he needs.

Richard and Dorsen painting
Richard and Dorsen painting
Celebrating International Day of the Street Child
Celebrating International Day of the Street Child

April 12th every year marks the International Day of the Street Child… and the anniversary of the official opening of Centre Kimbilio. In 2009, after years of planning and preparation, Kimbilio opened its doors and began the important work of creating a place of safety for street children.

Children find themselves abandoned to the streets for many reasons – the consequence of parental death often due to HIV or malaria, their family may be too poor to feed them, they may have lost their parents while fleeing fighting or they may be stigmatised as child witches.

On the streets they are prey to violence, exploitation and addiction. The rate of HIV is high and if a child is not already a carrier of the virus the risk of soon becoming one is also high. They are isolated and stigmatised.

Kimbilio offers these vulnerable children food, education, healthcare, shelter & emotional support. They also provide a place for the children to be themselves again, whether that be kicking a ball around, playing a game or being creative through art. And whenever its safe to do so, the Kimbilio staff will make every effort to reunite children to their families.

This year, we began the celebrations at Centre Kimbilio with the children and staff. And it doesn’t stop there. We are planning to have a thanksgiving celebration in July for the work of Kimbilio which will include the laying of the foundation stone of Kimbilio’s new primary school. Then in September, Congo Children Trust will be celebrating the year with a garden party in Manchester, UK, which we hope many of our supporters will attend. Watch this space!

Waiting for the rest of the celebrations
Waiting for the rest of the celebrations
The fantastic Patrick, Jean Bosco & Jean
The fantastic Patrick, Jean Bosco & Jean

Did you know that 2019 is a huge year for us?

#Kimbilio Is 10!

Congo Children Trust opened the doors for the first time 10 years ago to the outreach centre Centre Kimbilio. We are so
proud of our journey and the trust that has been built along the way with the local community in Lubumbashi and the
surrounding province. Along the way, as well as Centre Kimbilio, we opened 2 short-term homes and 2 long-term children's homes for street-connected children and those children formerly exploited for child labour.

We've put together some photo collages of our favourite moments and memories that we've included in this email. When did
you join the journey? Do you remember any of the photos? Any of the children or staff? What's your favourite memory?
Congo Children Trust would love to hear your #KimbilioMemory big or
small. Tweet us here, Facebook here or Instagram here using the hashtag #KimbilioIs10 and we'll retweet our favourites
over the coming months.

We're also looking forward. 2019 will see the first stage of our brand new primary school completed. Thanks to some
awesome support during GlobalGiving's Giving Tuesday and the Year End Campaign, Congo Children's Trust will be able to
build the first classroom. This school will be a place where our former street children, so often stigmatized, will
attend school alongside their peers from the local community. Imagine that - the possibilities are endless for all these
children.

Whether you have been supporting Kimbilio for 10 minutes or 10 years - Thank you! You are doing wonderful things.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and perhaps a film is even better. Let Dorsen and Richard show you around their home at Kimbilio and tell you all about how their lives are being transformed into a future filled with hope. Click on the link to YouTube below and find out more.

In the film, we also meet Jean Bosco Tshiswaka, Director of Kimbilio. We are so thankful for Jean Bosco and his wonderful team at Kimbilio. They work tirelessly for the wellbeing of so many children in Lubumbashi. Next year, for our 10th Anniversary, we hope to continue to grow in meeting the needs of street-connected children. Our hope is to complete the first stage of our primary school in the grounds of Maison Kimbilio. We aim to make it a flagship school, well known for the care and attention in helping each child achieve their potential where stigmatized street-connected children will be educated alongside local children. For more info about this please visit our GlobalGiving page here

So for this #GivingTuesday and #YearEndCampaign with GlobalGiving, we are asking our supporters to commit to sharing our stories of Kimbilio with a friend or a colleague that is interested in supporting a small grassroots charity. Your continued support and enthusiasm are so important to us.

For these campaigns we will be focusing on our school project so if you are able to give at this time of year, please consider Congo Children Trust especially on #GivingTuesday which is the 27th November. On this day all donations will be matched with an Incentive Fund. The Incentive Fund will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals.  

And if you regularly give one off to Congo Children Trust, why not explore recurring giving each month? During the Year End Campaign, new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project started during the campaign will get an additional 100% match from GlobalGiving on the initial donation as long as it remains active for at least four consecutive payments.

Full terms and conditions for all of these ways to give can be found on the GlobalGiving website. Giving Tuesday begins on 27th November and the Year End Campaign continues from 28th November to the 31st December 2018. 

Thank you again for your continued support and may we take this opportunity to be one of the first to wish you Happy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year. 

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Off to school for the start of term!
Off to school for the start of term!

This month, Dorsen and Richard went back to school to continue their studies. This will be their second year in education whilst in the care of Kimbilio. 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 they both are and their enthusiasm for learning is wonderful. 

Richard is the older of the two boys and has dreams to one day become a pilot. Dorsen would also like to become a pilot, but he not forgotten his father’s words to him when he left the artisanal colbalt mines. Dorsen is determined to continue to work hard and to one day help his father.

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. For a parent bringing up their child working in the artisanal mines, it is simply an unobtainable dream.

So Kimbilio will continue to provide a loving home for the children, nurture them and provide these opportunities which will allow them to flourish and achieve their hopes and dreams.

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!

 

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Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @kimbiliodrcongo
Project Leader:
Eva Walters
Manchester, United Kingdom

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