Kimbilio Primary School under construction Feb2021
We have been priveleged to support Shaki's amazing work with children in Kinshasa over the last two years. She has been making a tremendous difference to the lives of the children she has been supporting in her home. We have come to the end of the time we agreed to support Shaki for. We understand Shaki has been able to access alternative funding and our involvement is coming to an end. We do wish Shaki all the best with her amazing work.
Congo Children Trust remains active with it's work supporting the Kimbilio project for street children in Lubumbashi and is excited to announce that we will be opening a new outreach centre for street children in Kolwezi a large mining town in Lualaba Province. We are also close to finishing buidling a primary school for former street children in Lubumbashi and children whose parent's aren't able to afford to send their children to school. We hope to welcome the first pupils in September this year!
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Shaki's work supporting some of the most vulnerable children in Kinshasa continues despite the increasing challenges of a 2nd wave of coronavirus in the city. There are concerns about the increasing death rate in the capital. This week the UK banned flights from DRC in an effort to prevent the spread of the new variant from South Africa which appears to be more transmissible and has appeared in other countries in southern Africa including Zambia. Without Shaki's help the children she supports would be on the streets and vulnerable to the increasing risk of transmission.
Shaki is making a huge difference in their lives through your support.
Shaki continues to offer her life changing support to vulnerable children in Kinshasa. Children, who without Shaki, would be facing life on the streets of the mega city. Despite the challenges of the lock down, when sports were halted and Shaki's wrestling income was massively reduced, she continued to provide a roof and loving care for these children. She is to be commended.
Coronavirus cases in D.R.Congo appear to be reducing although there were a shortage of tests so it is hard to get an accurate picture of the reality.
Many thanks for your generous support already. Please consider offering your support once again to enable her to do her valuable work.
The last few months have been challenging for us all across the world. D.R.Congo is no exception.
There are now over 3000 cases of coronavirus in D.R.Congo. The majority of cases are in Kinshasa where the authorities are attempting to prevent the virus from spreading to the rest of the country. The country's health care system is certainly not in a position to cope with the pandemic with few ventilators and a very low supply of oxygen in many hospitals. Learn more in the illuminating Guardian article below.
Despite all this, Shaki is continuing her amazing support of vulnerable children in Kinshasa. She has over 20 girls and boys living with her at the moment.
Due to the coronavirus restrictions on gatherings of groups her wrestling activities have had to stop. This has put a stop to the little income she was getting from her much loved sport, so she needs our support more than ever.
We as a UK charity are not able to get out to our usual fairs and festivals this summer so we have launched an amazing online shop where you can buy essential facemasks, beautiful bags, aprons and peg bags made out of vibrant Congolese material. All funds raised go directly back to support our work with children in D.R.C.
Thanks so much for all your support for Shaki, it enables her to continue to offer sanctuary and security to children who would otherwise be without a home at this time of crisis. We do hope you are safe and well at this hugely challenging time.
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