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

Kimbilio continues to show care to those girls who, for many reasons, have been forced to live on the streets of Lubumbashi. One of the activities for girls who come to live in both the short-term and the long-terrm houses is to be creative in paint or materials.One of the Kimbilio leaders, Joel Kidindwe, takes regular lessons where the girls can enjoy sketching in pencil, crayon or paints, and make objects using different materials. It is lovely to see girls, who may have missed out on academically in their lives, achieving success with their creations. Their faces show what joy and confidence this brings.

I must report that Jean Bosco, the director of Kimbilio in Lubumbashi, passed away suddenly from Covid in July. Jean has been a father figure to the team and to the children, wise and kind to all, and we will miss him greatly. Two senior members of the team have stepped forward to undertake Jean's duties and we will review the position in three months..

The new Kimbilio school is almost complete. The head teacher has been appointed, staff are being recruited and the school will open next month

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Creative artwork with fabrics
Creative artwork with fabrics

Hi friends

Kimbilio continues to care for girls who have been forced to live on the streets of Lubumbashi.  Not only do we provide food and shelter and access to education, but one of our team, Joel Kidindwe, encourages the children to express themselves creatively through art and fabrics. It is so good to see the children enjoying themselves and developing their artistic abilities. The smiles in these photos speak for themselves. 

The building of the new Kimbilio Primary School is on schedule to open to the first pupils in September 2021. The grounds have now been prepared and work is going on with the doors, ceilings and interior decorations. Exciting times!

There has been a very slow take up of vaccination against Covid-19, due to scare stories about blood clots or sterility. The Government hasn’t introduced a mass vaccination program, even thought the Indian variant has now been found in several recent cases. The Kimbilio team continue to work with children on the streets, particularly trying to reach those in greatest need.

Thank you for your continuing support. 

Transformations!
Transformations!
The new Kimbilio Primary School
The new Kimbilio Primary School
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Kimbilio Primary School roof going on!
Kimbilio Primary School roof going on!

Dear Friends, 

We are delighted to see the roof going on to the Kimbilio Primary School which we aim to open to the first pupils in September 2021. This will be a school for girls and boys who used to be on the streets and children whose parents can't ordinariliy afford to send their children to school. Girls aren often discriminated against in DRC. Not as many girls get the basic rights of an education in DRC in comparison to boys. 

Although Congo wasn't impacted by Covid-19 to the same extent as other parts of the world in the first wave, it appears that numbers are increasing there now. The UK has just banned arrivals for DRC due to concerns of the new strain from South Africa which has been found in various African countries.  The Kimbilio team are continuing to work hard despite all the challenges of Covid-19. 

We are very thankful for your support, we couldn't do this work without you.

Yours with thanks

Ian Harvey

Jigsaw time at the Kimbilio girls home!
Jigsaw time at the Kimbilio girls home!
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Mum and baby supported by Kimbilio team
Mum and baby supported by Kimbilio team

Despite the challenges that coronavirus has brought us all, over the last few months the Kimbilio team have continued their dedicated commitment to the children surviving on the streets of Lubumbashi. 

Initially the day centre had to close down, however, we soon decided we needed to get out on the streets to maintain contact with the children. Many of them had lost their source of income with shops and businesses being forced to close down due to the lock down.  The team were regularly meeting up to 80 children on the streets per visit.  The mining sector which drives the economy of the region slowed down considerably during lock down.  Many families who were dependent on the mines for work found themselves without an income and means to feed their children.  Some of the children we met during that time were clearly very hungry

During these outreach sessions we met these two children.  Damien in the blue trousers was forced out of his family home as he was accused of being a witch.  He stayed at Kimbilio for a few months and has now been reunited with his grandmother.  We met Joli and her baby on the streets and they are now living in security in one of our girl’s homes while we try to locate their extended family. 

We hope she may benefit from a place on our young mum's hair dressing and beauty course in the longer term. 

UNICEF were recently tasked with clearing the street children from the streets of Lubumbashi and they asked us to take on 33 children last month. We have been pleased to offer safety to these children but are acutely aware of the extra costs that taking on more children incurs. We have successfully reintegrated 21 children with their families in the last 3 months. 

We are so sad to hear there was another Mai Mai attack on the city of Lubumbashi 2 nights ago. At least 19 were killed during the attack.  The rebels are known at the Bakata Katanga and are fighting for the independence of the mineral rich Katanga from the rest of D.R.Congo. Thankfully the situation is calm again and all at Kimbilio are safe and well.  

https://www.radiookapi.net/2020/09/26/actualite/securite/incursion-des-mai-mai-lubumbashi-19-morts-et-plusieurs-blesses

We are excited to share good news with you! The Kimbilio Primary School is making good progress! We raised half the cost for roofing iron in a recent GlobalGiving match funding appeal! We hope to get the roof on before the heavy rains start in November and welcome the first pupils in September 2021. 

We send you our sincere thanks for all your support which enables us to continue to provide support to children who have little other help in their lives. 

Damien
Damien
Kimbilio Primary School roof going on!
Kimbilio Primary School roof going on!
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Keeping safe - hand washing at Kimbilio
Keeping safe - hand washing at Kimbilio

The last few months have been challenging for us all across the world.  Lubumbashi is no exception. 

The closure of the Zambian border to curtail the arrival of coronavirus in Lubumbashi led to the quadrupeling of food prices. This in turn this led to an increase in violent crime, armed robberies and unprovoked attacks. Many are struggling to make ends meet to feed their families and there has been an increase in numbers of children on the city's streets. We have just heard of an outbreak of cholera in the area of the city where many of the children we meet at our day centre sleep overnight. 

Public gatherings including our day centre were understandably prohibited due to coronavirus restrictions.  So the amazing Kimbilio team decided to take hot food and medical care out to children in desperate need of help on the streets. 

Despite these challenges, we have had two cohorts of girls and women graduating through our amazing young mum's hairdressing and beauty skills course and through our valuable sewing course.  Offering greater financial stability at this time of crisis. 

We have still been able to get some children back with their families, and others, too young to be on the streets have been offered a place in one of our four homes. 

Cases of coronavirus have slowly started to increase in the city and there is concern that the fragile health care system will not cope is the numbers of cases increases as it has in the UK and many other parts of the world. 

Some great news, the walls of the primary school building are up!  We are still searching for the finances to put on the roof.  A shipping container full of chairs and desks donated to Kimbilio by two schools in the north west is on it's way to Lubumbashi!

Back in the UK, Ian Harvey isn't able to go out to speak to our supporting Churches and our usual fairs and festivals have been cancelled.  So, Congo Children Trust Trustee, Ruth, took on the task of opening the Kimbilio online shop. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KimbilioShop Essential face masks, lovely bags, aprons and peg bags in vibrant Congolese colours are now available at the click of a button! Please check it out and tell your friends and family! 

All income from the Kimbilio Shop goes directly to helping children on Congo's streets. 

Thanks so much for all your ongoing support, it enables us to offer a more positive future for children at Kimbilio.  We do hope you are safe and well at this hugely challenging time. 

Children on the streets supported by outreach team
Children on the streets supported by outreach team

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Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
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Eva Walters
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