RDC 09 – ESPOIRE GROUP: SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN
The project takes place in Kisangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Victim of three wars that pitted the country against the Rwandan and Ugandan armies between 1999 and 2000, the city of Kisangani bears the unenviable nickname of "martyr city".
Given its geographical location, Kisangani is the starting point and terminus of river traffic between East and West. Thanks to this strategic location, this city continues to play an important economic role and should be able to play a central role in the economic recovery and development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the people of Kisangani seem trapped in poverty. All exits end up in dead ends.
To survive, many work in the mines where the workforce is often exploited and sold off, given the great competition. To preserve this meager courtyard, some defend their territory with weapons, which reignites the spiral of violence. To escape this vicious circle, most of these populations fall back on subsistence farming.
It is undoubtedly recognized almost everywhere that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is going through a difficult and delicate situation in its history. A potentially wealthy country, where nearly 80 million of its inhabitants live in appalling poverty ($1.25 per day per person). Endless wars and devastating diseases such as Ebola weigh heavily on the population, on families who do not arrive and cannot raise their heads, to get up and become autonomous with the work of their own hands.
Looking at the current situation in Congo, it is our desire to continue to pay particular attention to the education of girls, but also of boys and children. We believe that by taking care of their education we could help these people to better understand and deal with certain situations of poverty, suffering and ignorance. We are convinced that it is still necessary to lend a hand in the field of education so that these young people can continue in their studies.
Often there are young orphans of both parents and who live on the shoulders of elderly, sick, poor grandparents who find it difficult to stand up, to carry a weight that exceeds them. We therefore dare once again to ask for the support of people of good will who can help these boys and girls, children, in their studies. As Nelson Mandela said we believe that "Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world".
- Support education at primary and secondary level
- Support the professional training of some young people in the hope of future integration
- To raise the self-esteem of these kids
Direct: 18 primary school children and 87 secondary or vocational school children
Indirect: families and society
Referent sister for the project: Sr. Enza Stoppele