Reunite Children with their Families in Congo

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Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
Reunite Children with their Families in Congo
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 celebrations to continue
Waiting for the celebrations to continue
Our fantastic staff - Patrick, Jean Bosco & Jean
Our fantastic staff - 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 formly 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.

Jean Bosco Tshiswaka, Kimbilio Director
Jean Bosco Tshiswaka, Kimbilio Director

Thank you for all your support throughout this year. We wanted to take this opportunity to let you hear directly from Jean Bosco Tshiswaka who is the Director of Kimbilio. He writes:

“Dear Friends of Kimbilio,

 I am writing to thank you so much for your support to our work at Kimbilio in 2018.

I had really hoped to meet some of you this year in England, but unfortunately the High Commission again refused to give me the visa. That does not prevent me from expressing my deep gratitude to you for all that you have done to support me and Kimbilio's work.

Your support has allowed us to help many children and to assist many families of these vulnerable children including:

  • An average of 43 children among them 38 boys and 5 girls per day at the Day Centre (Centre Kimbilio)
  • 31 children currently living in our four houses, including 15 girls and 16 boys
  • 33 children have so far been reunited with their families this year, among them 10 girls and 23 boys
  • 23 children being supported through financing their school fees

 Also, thanks to your support we have managed to start a program of enabling and equipping vulnerable young mums through a teaching hair salon; as well as continuing to support the mothers of some children reintegrated to their families by training them in our sewing program.  

We have worked hard this year and 2018 has been a good year for us at Kimbilio, but we still have some challenges to improve our work for these children, especially during family reintegrations. Some children’s families refuse to take them back and will accuse them of witchcraft. Some families are so poor that the children refuse to stay in the families and prefers to go back in the street where they can find small things to eat. So it is sometimes difficult for us to meet all these cases and to welcome more than our capacity. At this time we have more children on the streets of Lubumbashi, many coming from Kasai region where they had faced violence, hunger and disease. 

Once again thanks for your good will to help us to help this vulnerable group and we hope that you will continue with such generosity.  

Yours Sincerely,

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 those children connected to the streets in Lubumbashi. Next year, 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 both 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.    

Walking to school
Walking to school

This month, our young girls and boys in the care of Kimbilio went back to school to continue their studies. 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 each child is and their enthusiasm for learning is wonderful. 

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. Many parents of street children often say that the additional cost of education is one of the reasons that their child has ended up on the streets.

Kimbilio helps children living on the streets of Lubumbashi work towards achieving their dreams of becoming a teacher, a pilot, a hairdresser or a doctor in many different ways. 

We have a robust and safe reintegration procedure, where when a child is welcomed back to their family, Kimbilio can offer to help with school fees. We have seen the benefits of this, as last year two children that had been reunited with their families returned to ask for help with college fees.

We have apprenticeship programs and projects for those children and young people who are less suited traditional education. Most recently we have set up a Young Mums' Hair Salon where young women can learn how to provide for their small families. All of the young mums on the first cohort of training had been street children.

If we are waiting and trying to find a child's family, they will often stay at Kimbilo's Transit Homes, where tutors come to visit and teach them the basics of how to read, mathematics and art.

And when a child cannot be reunited with their parents, Kimbilio supports and nurtures them at Maison Kimbilio and they are able to attend a local school. We had much excitement and celebration this year when one of our older boys from Maison Kimbilio was awarded the Diplôme D'état (the nationally recognised diploma of education). This was a first for Kimbilio!

As you can see, providing a loving home for street children goes way beyond a roof over their heads. It means nurturing them and providing the opportunities which will allow them to flourish. 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!

Ready for the new term
Ready for the new term
Looking very smart
Looking very smart
Celebrating Kimbilio
Celebrating Kimbilio's first diploma!

Children can find them on the street for many reasons. Sometimes a parent has died suddenly or they might have been separated from their parents when fleeing violence in another area. Some children are falsely accused of witchcraft or abused at home and for some their parents cannot afford to continue to look after them. The pressures on families are immense that often they make challenging choices and the impact on these young lives is immeasureable.

In May this year a little girl came into Centre Kimbilio, our outreach centre, to ask for help. Her two year old brother was carried carefully on her back. The girl told staff that their parents had had an argument and had abandoned them on the streets.

Kimbilio was able to give these children a loving home. Due to his age and the strong bond he has with his sister, this little family is being cared for together at Transit Filles (the girls' transitional home). With local social workers, Kimbilio staff are making enquiries in the area to endeavour to find the parents and, if possible and safe, to work towards reuniting them with their precious children.

Until then the children are settling in to their new home with new friends and carers. They are enjoying being part of a family and being cared for.

So thank you. Your support not only pays for the transport back to their families or a social worker to assess the family situation, but also for food and transitional accommodation for the children and so many other ways in which Kimbilio continues to support children like these. 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 taking part. It runs from 9:00am to 11:59pm EDT (that's 2pm to 4:49am GMT) on Wednesday July 18th. See www.globalgiving.org for full terms and conditions. If you are able please consider supporting one of Congo Children Trust's projects:

https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/27733/congo-children-trust/

Merci Beaucoup!

 

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Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @kimbiliodrcongo
Project Leader:
Ian Harvey
Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom
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