The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world. Of the country’s 75.5 million people, almost 9 out of 10 live on $1.25 or less per day.
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Water for Life
"We believe in Growing Mercy by building water wells close to schools to facilitate access to clean water."
Bandundu is the is one western provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and known as one of the poorest in the country. Most people in Bandundu reside in a rural setting where they earn their living as small-scale farmers and fishermen with limited access to basic human needs such as clean water, health clinics, educational institutions, and vocational establishments. Micro-finance in rural areas is almost non-existent.
Typically, a family in the rural zone of Bandundu travels 5 kilometres one way in search of fresh water (this is a 10 kilometers trip which is equivalent to 6.3 miles). Families often make this trip twice daily, carrying containers that weights 20 kilograms of water, an equivalent of 45 pounds.
It is common for children to be sent to collect water without adult supervision leaving them vulnerable, as parents are often working in the fields. This results in very few children attending school and receiving a formal education, as they spend their time travelling collecting water, firewood, or helping on the fields or with chores to sustain the family.
Our ultimate goal is to provide safe and accessible water for human consumption that is available in sufficient quantity, and affordable, which is a crucial prerequisite for human well-being. Access to clean water will empower the local community by creating a self-sustaining system that will lead to financial independence, health conditions improvement, and ultimately unlock time to dedicate to education. If your thirst to make a difference please donate to Water for Life.
Education:Change for change
We are currently sponsoring 36 Kids school fees with our Dr. Judith Griggs Scholarship and are bringing relief to over 480 families in Bandundu by providing yearly school supplies in two schools in the rural zone of Bandundu in the DRC with our Change for Change campaign.
We believe knowledge is power and that every child deserves equal opportunity to education. This is why we have chosen to sponsor 3 albinos among the 36 children through our Dr. Judith Griggs.
Why Albinos? Albinos are a minority group surrounded by superstitions and often ostracized by their albinos. Albinos have a congenital condition, lacking melanin pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair.
Superstitious beliefs that some body parts of people with albinism can transmit magical powers, beliefs that have been promulgated and exploited by witch doctors and others who use such body parts as ingredients in rituals, concoctions and potions with the claim that their magic will bring prosperity to the user have led to their persecution in Sub-Saharan African communities, especially among East Africans.
The Kihumbu's brothers hold this issue at heart as themselves have albino relatives in their family. They have made it their battle to help one child and one family at the time.
Last year, Mr. Frederick Borden, teacher and miss Kennedie, a student from Toledo Public School had the chance to travel with us in the Democratic Republic of Congo where they had a chance to see what we are doing on site.
Village Bon Samaritan
To maximize the time children spend at school learning, Foundation Bon Samaritan envisions to build a community center that will bring together in one place education and access to clean water.
The village Bon Samaritan will be sitting in a 3 hectare (7.41316 Acres) land. It will include:
A Community Center that will include a Library and a Computer Lab
A School (to give the students we are sponsoring the condition they need to better their education)
A gym to keep them healthy
We are planning to build village Bon Samaritan in the most affordable way using the Eco brick system. For more info please click here.
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