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Democratic Republic of Congo

The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have suffered one of the deadliest conflicts since the Second World War, resulting in a crushed economy and a virtually non-existent infrastructure.

Children in Crisis work in the east of the country in the South Kivu plateau region. This is an extremely isolated area that has received little or no government support for many years, the education system is near to collapse. We are working alongside communities who are determined to give their children a quality education and bringing about some truly positive changes.

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Life as a young refugee shouldn’t mean the end of your education and future. We’re giving support to Burundian refugees and the struggling Congolese secondary schools which are hosting them. Lusenda refugee camp, located on the shores of Lake Tangyanika, is home to 21,000 Burundians, and growing. These refugees have fled brutal violence at home. A failed coup attempt and political... Read more
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The secondary school we’re building in Lusenda will give Burundian refugee children a place in which to learn and regain some normality in their lives. But it will also be for the long-term - a new school in a badly neglected area of DR Congo. Lusenda camp in DR Congo, is home to 21,000 refugees and continues to grow as more Burundians flee political violence and persecution at home. There... Read more
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Our Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) are giving isolated communities the means with which to save their low and sporadic income, to take out loans and to give help to neighbours who are in distress. Thanks to this, more families can afford to feed their children, send them to school and pay for their healthcare.    The difficulties faced by families that we work alongside... Read more
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Why build schools? The infrastructure of a school, and the state of its building has a huge impact on a child's education. No matter what the standard of the teacher, children's education is compromised when classrooms aren't fit for purpose. We are running our school building programme in the South Kivu plateau region of the DR Congo (a region roughly the size of Wales): • The... Read more
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Why community engagement? For girls and women. Much of our advocacy work focuses on empowering girls and women. We work with communities in which twice as many girls are out of school as boys, often because there is little value placed on educating girls. Many young girls find themselves forced into early marriage. Similarly it is more often the case that women are silent within these communities... Read more
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Working in partnership with local NGO Eben-Ezer Ministry International (EMI) we have have trained more than 1,000 primary school teachers across the plateau region of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). This means that all schools in this region (roughly the size of Wales) now have properly trained teachers. Why teacher training? Because teachers are so important. Think... Read more
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We have an update from Bibangwa, DR Congo, where the Virdee School is really starting to take shape. The roof is working its way along the building and classroom desks are being made! (All photos by Marcel Rukema, School Construction Project Manager for our Congolese partners, Eben-Ezer Ministry International.) With DR Congo’s rainy season just starting, getting a roof on the school is a... Read more
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Today, 4th October 2016, is the fifth anniversary of the massacre of our four dear colleagues, Eraste, Tite, Musore, and Gifota. Their vehicle was attacked by a notorious rebel group, on the way our schools programme on the High Plateau, DR Congo, three others died alongside them. The attack was ethnically motivated. Eraste, Tite, Musore, and Gifota were passionate agents of peace and education... Read more
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Our colleague Marcel Rukema has just travelled back down from the South Kivu Plateau in DR Congo.  He made the 22-hour round trip to survey progress on the construction of the Virdee School in Bibangwa. He has brought some photos with him which you scroll through below. In short, things are going well! The foundations for the new school have been completed – a significant stage in any... Read more
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We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the philanthropist, Professor Peter Virdee, whose charitable foundation is funding the construction of a new school in Bibangwa, DR Congo. Located a three hours’ walk from the nearest road, on the High Plateau of eastern DR Congo, Bibangwa’s children are at the extremes of isolation. They’re receiving no help or investment... Read more
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Photo above: Mr Ndatabaye in his current school office. We’re working with him to build a new school. There are some excellent head teachers here in the UK. Some are even honoured by the Queen for the incredible work they do in turning around struggling schools. And quite right too. Mr Ndatabaye is that kind of teacher, except that his school is high up on the Plateau of eastern DR... Read more