Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Espoir Congo is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the livelihood of the underprivileged children, youth, and women in the DRCongo by providing education, health care/maternity, and clean energy in a village development pilot project. We focus on fulfilling several of the SDGs, such as: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water, and sanitation, as well as affordable and clean energy.
Espoir Congo works in partnership with SABEC, the Congolese organization that manages our project locally.
We built a primary and a secondary school in a village called Kikimi on the outskirts of Kinshasa, which is run by our local partners SABEC. We award scholarships to selected students to pursue university studies in the capital city.
We built a maternity/clinic on the same premises where we offer pre and postnatal care to mothers. We also provide medical care (including malaria treatment) to the whole village.
Clean Energy and Clean Water/Sanitation
Kikimi had no running water or electricity. We installed solar electricity in the main buildings and set up cisterns to collect rainwater for washing and cleaning. We also drilled a well equipped with a solar pump for drinking water.
Goods/Services to the Poor
Food and sanitary items are distributed to the needy, and meals are prepared on certain occasions. Fruits and vegetables are grown on the property to supply both food for the children and income to help keep the project running.
A basic Bible Knowledge course has been used to train young people how to put their faith into action by developing various ministries to help their fellowmen. From this initial training program has emerged a solid team of Congolese Christian volunteers who run Bible study groups and fellowships as well as other various Christian ministries.
A Bible-based character-building called “The STEPS Program” (especially designed for African children) is being used to teach children Christian values in a fun and educational way. Our teachers use this program in Sunday School in various churches, others have formed their own groups in various neighborhoods. This program exploded during the COVID crisis, when schools were closed, to prevent a resurgence of street kids.
Website (English and French): https://espoircongo.com/
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