Democratic Republic of Congo

Literacy Training for Young Women

FAIR - Congolese womenIlliteracy is a huge issue in the Congo with devastating outcomes on both personal and societal levels. It particularly affects girls and women, 43% of whom never learn to read or write. There are programs that exist to help remediate this problem but for some, even the very low cost to purchase primers and pencils proves to be an obstacle to them benefitting from this opportunity. Through this project, many women have been helped to learn to read in French and Lingala.

Presently we want to help a team who will be combining training in literacy with pastoral and church planting training for the Pygmies near Inongo in the Bandudu province.  While the Congolese church will seek to cover the pastoral training costs, we would like to help out with the literacy needs. (#3258)

∙ 1000 books at $2 each ($2,000)
∙ 100 Bibles at $10 each ($1,000)
· pens/chalk/portable blackboards  $600

Total cost: $3,600General - Click to donate 2

Aiding Widows of Congolese Pastors

FAIR - CONGO   WidowsLife is precarious in Congo. There is no insurance, no survivors' pension. When a pastor dies, his widow and children are often left destitute. The C.B.CO church association endeavours to help widows with two special offerings each year, but the churches are themselves poor with little means to give when assistance is needed. A little extra would make a big difference in the lives of these families and be a great encouragement. (#3272)

· 50 widows at $50/each

Total cost: $2,500General - Click to donate 2

Motorcycle Taxi

Many youth in Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the DRC in the southeast of the country, have no employment.  Because of this, they often turn to every means possible for survival and violence becomes a way of life.  This project is for the purchase of a motorbike to be used as a taxi, and to provide driver training in order to give the opportunity to several youth to change the direction of their life by earning a living enabling them to provide for themselves and their family in this extremely poor context.  Eventually, the hope is that it would allow them the means to complete their schooling which too often has been abandoned because of lack of funds. It would also provide some much needed resources for MANI who would manage the business to finance its own mission endeavours in eastern Congo.  (#3296)

Goal: $2,100

Total cost: $2,100General - Click to donate 2

Well Pump

Accessibility to clean drinking water is becoming a global issue and in a place like the Democratic Republic of the Congo can be the difference between life and death.  In a particular area in the city of Lubumbashi, Congo’s second largest city, clean water presents a huge problem and challenge.  Lately a group of individuals have been digging by hand a hole 10 meters deep in order to reach the level where fresh water would be available.  But this poor community cannot afford the price of buying the pump that is needed to extract the clean water.  With the purchase of a water pump, water could be made available to an entire community helping to eliminate the need to walk great distances for clean drinking water and help combat the sicknesses related to drinking unclean water. (#3297)


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Mill Pump

Forming the base of nourishment for Congolese families is ground manioc or corn which is made into fufu, the staple food at all meals. But in some areas, mills to grind the manioc or corn into flour are not readily available.  This project to buy a mill for MANI for the outskirts of Lubumbashi would have several benefits – it would employ a number of youth who in turn would be able to benefit along with their families from this regular work; it would also generate revenue for MANI which is seeking to establish its own Congolese mission in order to educate their people and churches concerning missions as well as help to finance their own mission endeavours.   (#3294)

Goal: $2,700

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Project overseers: Richard and Brenda Flemming