We are working with project co-ordinators Marie and Donald Kazadi at Hebron Home in the Katanga Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The conflict in the DRC (formerly known as Zaire) has involved seven nations and there have been a number of complex reasons, including conflicts over basic resources such as water, access and control over rich minerals and other resources as well as various political agendas.
Since the outbreak of fighting in 1998,
- Some 5.4 million people have died
- It has been the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II
- The vast majority have died from non-violent causes such as malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition
- Although 19% of the population, children account for 47% of the deaths
(Stats taken from http://www.globalissues.org/)
Many families try to escape from the fighting to find safety but without homes, sanitation and medical care, many have lost their lives and children have been left orphaned.
Marie and Donald, originally from Lubumbashi and now living in Nottingham for the last twenty years, have established Hebron Home, following a visit back to Lubumbashi in 2009. They were building a holiday home on farmland for themselves and their children and went for a visit to check on progress. During this visit, they came across some children who were living in an orphanage but had no adults to care for them. These children had no parents and did not attend school. Marie and Donald wanted to help and decided that their holiday home was to become a home for these children. Whilst the new home is still being built, the 30 children are living in a small home with Mama Kumyimba and being cared for by Pastor Patrice Ndale Kabambi and his wife together with another lady.
Hebron Home supports these children by providing a caring home, food and paying their school fees every term. Primary school fees are $20 per term and one of the children is at university, which costs $40 per term. Hebron Home attempts to break the cycle of poverty by giving the children vocational and livelihood skills training in various trades such as sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, brick laying, farming, reading and writing as well as health and sanitation.
There are a further 137 orphans living within the community who receive needs based support from Hebron Home. Pastor Patrice visits the children in their homes to check that they are ok and helps with school fees, medical treatment and clothing. Many of the children are suffering with malnutrition so maize grown on the farmland is given to them.