Democratic Republic of Congo
Literacy Training for Young Women
Illiteracy 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
Aiding Widows of Congolese Pastors
Life 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
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)
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)
PROJECT GOAL: $1,350
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)
In the wake of civil unrest and conflict in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, women and girls are often the silent sufferers having been victims of sexual violence. In addition to carrying the emotional and physical scars from rape and abuse, these women are frequently shunned
and ostracized by family members because of the senseless attacks they have experienced.
Fellowship International missionaries Apollo and Lois Midigo work in Goma to empower victims of sexual violence. Through economic and leadership opportunities women gain the life and leadership skills needed to set their lives on a new trajectory. Counselling, Bible studies, seminars, workshops, and training sessions all work to help shape and mold women, providing them with opportunities
to earn an income with which to support themselves and their families.
FAIR funds received will be used to provide equipment and supplies to assist in the training of women.
$215 – Sewing machine starter kit
$ 60 – Sewing supplies
$270 – Basket weaving training
$ 5 – Basket weaving supplies
$ 50 – Culinary training + supplies