Espoir Congo is committed to helping the underprivileged in one of the most challenging countries in Africa. The D.R.C. is the second largest African country and the most populated in Central Africa. Following several bloody transitions since its independence in 1960, it faces enormous challenges in rebuilding the country. While its untapped deposit of raw materials are worth US$ 24 trillions, 75% of its population live on less than $1 a day. 60% of the population of the capital are children, of which 11% are orphaned. Too many wander the streets scrounging for a living, each day more vulnerable than the last. Espoir Congo (Espoir being "Hope" in French) cares for orphaned and underprivileged children in the village of Kikimi, just outside Kinshasa, in collaboration with a Congolese association, SABEC. This program aims to improve the living conditions of this very poor population by bettering their environment, giving them access to clean water, electricity and medical care, offering their children education, and the villagers vocational training and opportunities to make a living.
Bringing Education to a Rural Area
In 2010, Espoir Congo built a primary school in Kikimi, which offers free elementary education in French for orphaned and underprivileged children, as well as affordable non-profit primary education to village children. Espoir Congo also offers vocational training to young people.
Our first aid outpost, set up in 2010, expanded in 2013 into a full-fledged medical care centre with a maternity unit, providing free medical diagnosis, treatment and medication to orphaned and underprivileged children, and offering highly subsidized medical care to the village population, including pregnant women, the biggest need being early detection of malaria and typhoid, as well as prenatal care and childbirth.
This program addresses the need for holistic education in local schools by providing opportunities for the children to participate in group sports, go on field trips, and engage in activities with art, drama, music and group discussion, in a positive learning environment. A library was set up in 2014, the only one in the whole area.
Congolese partner SABEC is involved in developing the agricultural project with French association SEL, to provide food and income to support the orphan work, in addition to providing agricultural training and animal husbandry for the older boys.
Micro-enterprise and Women Empowerment
Enables needy young people and women to start their own business venture and thereby pay for their studies and/or support their families. Free vocational training in tailoring and literacy classes are offered to girls who did not receive sufficient education, which continues to be an ongoing challenge in the DRCongo.
We conduct an ongoing Bible-based leadership training program, which includes the development of interpersonal and team building skills for young Congolese, with the goal of eventually nationalizing the work. The training course enables the graduates to teach their own group of students and to start the social program of their choice, such as hospital visitation, inmate rehabilitation, disaster relief or protection of human rights.
“Family Care Missions”, Kenya
Family Care Missions (FCM) was registered in Kenya in 2001 and is comprised of Kenyan and foreign full- and part-time volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to helping the underprivileged and disadvantaged of society. Our volunteers locate worthwhile projects in an effort to raise awareness and sponsorship for the poorest of the poor.
FCM provides a number of services such as:
- Counselling and training
- Sourcing sponsorship for school lunches and school fees
- Books and medical needs for children in village schools and orphanages in the region
- Providing urgent nutritional needs for vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS and for single parent and teenage-led households.
The Buckets of Love and Care Package Program is a project where hundreds of needy HIV/AIDS patients and their children, those who are ill and bedridden, and the elderly who live in poor areas of town receive 10-15 kilos of nutritional food rations monthly.
Aid for village schools
Through sponsorship, the Stev-In School Project for underprivileged children has received sponsorship for 160 children’s school lunches. Six of the class rooms have been totally renovated. The school and feeding program which caters to over 300 underprivileged children daily, continues to receive regular support from FCM.
Health and Hygiene Campaign
During our many years of full-time Community Work in marginalized areas we have learned that there is widespread ignorance regarding Health & Hygiene Topics, which leads to many avoidable illnesses.
Through Education and the donating of Health Kits we are empowering many poor Families to reverse this trend, improving their quality of life and their childrens’ learning capacity. FCM has launched talks for groups of 30 to 50 mothers, many of them living with HIV/Aids. Topics such as Nutrition, Hygiene, Sickness Prevention and Protection against Sexually Transmitted Diseases such as HIV/Aids and Hepatitis B are being covered.
Each Program includes Printed Material on Health Topics, VCT Counseling, a Health & Hygiene Kit containing Vitamins, De-Wormers, Soaps, Shampoo, Condoms, First Aid Material, Waterguard etc, and a 10 Kilo Care Package with Nutritional Food Stuffs.
Assistance for orphaned children
FCM has been assisting a number of orphanages, providing needs such as mattresses, shoes, toys, stationary material, and hygiene supplies are donated, plus regular food items for the feeding program which extends to the underprivileged and the elderly in the surrounding rural community of the institutions.
FCM is also promoting income generating activities for widowed women with children and large families, such as sewing, handmade goods, and small farming projects. Several children of these families have received sponsorship for schooling.
“Save the Youth”, Madagascar
Save the Youth has been present in Madagascar since 1996, working to alleviate material and spiritual suffering in one of the world’s poorest countries. Madagascar has a population of 22 million, with more than 50% being below the age of 20. It is a country rich in mineral and natural resources, but plagued by rampant corruption at all levels and chronic political instability. Currently we are a small team, engaging in targeted projects, assisted by friends and trainees.
Green Leaf orphanage
We actively support this centre which houses, feeds, and schools between 80-100 orphans and abused or abandoned children. In Madagascar this type of institution often has difficulty making ends meet, so we support Green Leaf in many ways, such as with weekly food provisions, clothes and blankets, complete school books and stationery needs for each new school year, basic hygiene articles, hosting children’s parties and activities, etc. We entirely renovated the children’s dormitories with new bunk-beds, mattresses, sheets, and blankets, repainted and decorated the dormitories with hand paintings, and fitted them with curtains.
Ankadivory orphanage (CBA)
This orphanage is situated in the countryside and is home to 100 orphans and schooling for 300 children from three very poor villages. The centre was burnt to the ground in late 2010; the fire completely destroyed the home, the school building, and all the centre’s belongings and equipment. We have helped them to rebuild and reequip the centre and regularly supply them with food and winter clothes for all the kids. We built a hygiene block consisting of six latrines and six showers for the children,a refectory and a kitchen to seat 300 children and their teachers and we are now building a second floor which will be divided into 3 dormitories for the 100 orphans living at the centre.
Since 2000, we have run a programme for up to 100 underage prisoners, bringing them emotional support, counselling, and material needs such as: the renovation of the dormitories, new bedding and mattresses, food provisions, basic hygiene supplies, upgrading their dire living conditions. So far we have seen some wonderful results of lives changed.
Christian leadership training.
So far we have had more than 50 graduates from our training courses.
Other humanitarian work and projects
- Christmas meals and activities for 1500+ orphans and underprivileged children
- Personalized Christmas gifts to 150 orphans and poor children
- Supplying complete school supplies for 300 poor children
- Sponsoring education for a number of destitute children
- Teaching art, story telling, basic English and singing in schools and orphanages
- Reaching out to a small isolated villages with no running water, electricity, roads, or cars, with the goal being to inspire the children to continue with their studies, teach hygiene and cleanliness, help with the bare necessities.
- Weekly food distribution to 20 families (80 adults and children) in Ambatolampy
- Emergency medical funding
- Financial and family-counselling for families in difficulty
- Food aid to children and their families in hospitals
- Sharing expertise at conferences on a variety of topics
“Family Care Eduvision”, Nigeria.
Family Care Eduvision International services (FCEIS)was founded as an NGO in Nigeria in 2005 and operates in Port Harcourt and Abuja. Our aim has been to create a positive impact on our society by helping our community in practical ways: physically, morally and educationally.
Our projects include:
- Primary and Secondary schools in Abuja
- Adult literacy programmes
- Teacher Training
- Vocational centres
- Leadership training courses
- Character-building seminars
- Sponsorships for disadvantaged individuals
- Community support for orphanages
In Port Harcourt:
Life Time Caring Orphanage:
Throughout the 10 years that FCEIS has been operating in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, providing orphanage and community assistance and offering our help to those in need has been an important focus.
FCEIS has acquired sponsors and donors for Life Time Caring Orphanage upgrading and improving the living standard of the orphanage and a better environment created for the children.
Medical sponsorships e.g. surgery for bone deformities
Acquiring sponsorship for the underprivileged in need has also been an ongoing project that our unit has undertaken over the years. We initially assess whether the funds or donated items will be used effectively for the purpose intended. Secondly, we source the needed support from the local business community and provide documentation, so the donors see their sponsorship put to good use and the recipients receive support to meet their immediate needs.
Abuja, the Nigerian federal capitol is a modern and well organized city. The same cannot be said of the villages ringing the capitol, where many who work in Abuja live.
Nor are there schools in many of these villages. Family Care Edu-vision International Services (FCE) provides qualitative education for children from less privileged rural communities in the Abuja region.
In one such village, Gwako, FCE built a primary school for 300 children, followed by a secondary school. These schools established by FCE for the targeted communities also provide adult literacy classes, primarily for the village women, as well as train local teachers and provide them with employment.
FCE also operates two vocational training centers in Zaria and Udil for Vasico Vaginal Fistula patients (VVF).