Sustain street kids impacted by COVID-19 in Congo

by Congo Children Trust
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Sustain street kids impacted by COVID-19 in Congo
Sustain street kids impacted by COVID-19 in Congo
Sustain street kids impacted by COVID-19 in Congo
Sustain street kids impacted by COVID-19 in Congo
Sustain street kids impacted by COVID-19 in Congo

Thank you for your financial support for Kimbilio in the important work of keeping children living on the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo safe from Covid-19. The disease continues to be a threat to the lives of the young children. The Kimbilio team encourages the children in safe practices, such as the use of masks indoors and offers medical asistance at the Day Centre and in the Homes for those who are unwell.

One of the activities that the children enjoy is playing with lego. We forget that children's life on the streets is geared to survival and they lose the joy of childhood activities such as lego. Team member Joel does art with them and it is a joy to see the children express themselves in paint and colouring.

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Covid-19 continues to impact life in the Congo, as vaccines are not as widely available as in more developed countries. The staff at the Congo Children's Trust and at the new Kimbilio Primary School continue to encourage street children to get vaccinated and to wear masks in indoor places.

The new Kimbilio School, which opened in October 2021, has helped to spread this message. The school is providing good quality education to the street children living in the short and longer-term houses run by the Trust. Education is so important in the Congo to ensure that children gain the skills that will enable them to provide for their own families when they are older.

Thank you for your support for the work of the Congo Children's Trust with street children.

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Jean Bosco
Jean Bosco

There is very little supply of vaccines in Lubumbashi. Covid numbers are very high, not reflected in the statistics,and there is no space in the city morturaries. The Kimbilio team provide masks for the children staying in their short and long term homes and for those who come to the Day Centre and encourage the children to wear the masks when in close contact with others.

However much care one takes to protect oneself against Covid, unfortunately it still spreads and Jean Bosco,the director of Kimbilio in Lubumbashi, passed away from Covid in July. He set an amazing example in the way he worked diligently and led Kimbilio for seven years with compassion, gentleness and humility, improving the lives of many vulnerable children.Jean has been a father figure to the team and to the children, wise and kind to all, and we will mis 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 completed and will open on 4 October 2021. The Head Teacher has been appointed and staff are being interviewed. Exciting times!

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Kimbilio School
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Boys being creative

Dear friends,

There has been a very slow take up of vaccination against Covid-19 in DRC, 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.

One of our team, Joel Kidindwe, encourages the children to express themselves creatively through art and fabrics. It is so encouraging to see the children enjoying themselves and developing their artistic talents.

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!

We are so grateful for your continued support

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Fun with paint
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Kimbilio Primary School
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Kimbilio Primary School under construction
Kimbilio Primary School under construction

Dear Friends,

The situation in relation to covid is changing on a daily basis across the world. For a while the number of new cases in Congo seemed to slow down, however like in many other countries a 2nd wave is impacting on Congo at the present.  The numbers in the capital Kinshasa have increased in recent days as well as in surrounding countries like Zambia, where the new South African variant has been found. The UK has today banned all arrivals from DRC in an attempt to prevent the spread of this new variant. 

The number of children on the streets remains high in Lubumbashi and we are regularly seeing over 60 children at our drop in welcome centre at Kimbilio. 

The children and staff team at Kimbilio have thankfully kept safe and well. They are enjoying their art classes and have been adding face masks to their portraits! We are all looking forward to the opening of the Kimbilio Primary School in September 2021 when the children at Maison Kimbilio will be able to attend school much closer to home! 

We thank you so much for your ongoing support which is providing a life line to vulnerable children in Lubumbashi. 

With much thanks

Ian Harvey

ian@congochildrentrust.org 

Face masks with Joel
Face masks with Joel
Double masks!
Double masks!

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Congo Children Trust

Location: Manchester - United Kingdom
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Ian Harvey
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