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Help Street Girls in DR Congo

by Congo Children Trust
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo
Help Street Girls in DR Congo

Summary

Street Girls in Congo are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violence and addiction, and are often invisible on the streets. The Kimbilio projects offers on the street support to approximately 35 girls a week and provides a loving home for up to 24 street girls. If and when it is safe to do so Kimbilio will try to reunite each girl with her family.

$86,400
total goal
$82,963
remaining
15
donors
5
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
1
year

Challenge

There are thought to be over 250,000 children living on the streets of D. R. Congo. Many have been orphaned, or their parents have divorced and abandoned them for their new families. Others are accused of child witchcraft, a wide held belief in Congo which forces children to flee for fear of abuse or stigmatisation. Children are drawn to local markets, where they can find shelter and work. Girls are particularly vulnerable in this environment, and are often exploited for sex work.

Solution

Kimbilio supports street girls from their initial visit to a place in our Girls' Transit (short-term) Home and, if necessary on to Maison Janet Bokwa, our long-term home. We offer a safe haven where the girls receive a local education, friendship and one-to-one support. The centre and both homes provide an environment for children to overcome their time on the streets, and enjoy activities such as sewing, arts and sports. Over time, we aspire to to reunite these children with their families.

Long-Term Impact

Overall, the Congo Children Trust's Kimbilio Project supports over 130 street children every week in Lubumbashi, helping them to build a future with hope. Kimbilio offers an escape from living on the streets, and an opportunity to improve their future prospects. Where possible, we work with each girl's family and community to overcome the reasons for her ending up on the streets, and tackle the stigma surrounding street children to allow the child to be safely reunited with her family.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

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Organization Information

Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @kimbiliodrcongo
Project Leader:
Eva Walters
Manchester, United Kingdom
$3,437 raised of $86,400 goal
 
79 donations
$82,963 to go
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