From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future

by Congo Children Trust
From Exploitation in Mines to a Hope Filled Future

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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Children enjoying Centre Kimbilio
Children enjoying Centre Kimbilio

A new artisanal mine has just opened close by to our Centre Kimbilio in Lubumbashi. Centre Kimbilio has been open for nearly a decade now, offering safety, food and support to vulnerable street children. Over the years, Kimbilio staff were often aware of children who had walked many kilometers from the artisanal mines to escape exploitation in the mines. However, this new artisanal colbalt mine is bringing many children and families to the local area. Kimbilio helps over 450 children each month, which will only increase with this new development.

As we continue to develop our project to support children from the artisanal mines, Kimbilio hopes to fund an educational programme to take litracy skills to children living on mine sites with their families. It may just be one small drop in the ocean, but Kimbilio hopes this preventative intervention will help stop more children ending up on the streets. 

So thank you. Your support is amazing and we are so grateful for it. Please don't forget us on July 18th when GlobalGiving will be running their Rewards Bonus Day. There will be $120,000 in matching funds and bonus prizes available for charities. It runs from 9:00am to 11:59pm EDT (that's 2pm to 4:49am GMT) on Wednesday July 18th. See for full terms and conditions. If you are able please consider supporting one of Congo Children Trust's projects:

Merci Beaucoup

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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. 

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Having Fun
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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!

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