For every one hundred villages, there will be one community center will provide the people with:
- a SCHOOL for education
- a CLINIC for better healthcare and information on diseases
- a LIBRARY to provide books and computer center without any cost
- AID for orphaned children
- SUPPORT for families (such as water and sanitation, electricity, health education in areas of nutrition, hygiene and child care, education for farmers on appropriate farming techniques and technology
Putting Local People to Work
Local people donate land, make bricks, doors, windows, roofs and furniture. 60% of the people of Congo live in 70,000 villages with a popution of at least 1,000 people per village. We are beginning a comprehensive outreach to establish a community learning center for 100 villages, providing education, healthcare, support for families and aid for orphans.
Why a Community Center? Why Not the Traditional Child-by-Child Approach?
Many programs offer the opportunity to adopt one child by payment of $20 or so per month, but there are so many children in the Congo in need. We ask ourselves the same question you do when you see adds for these programs on TV, or newsletters:
How do you choose ONE child among thousands of children, all living in the same community or village, all with the same need?
In Congo, there are millions of children – children who cannot afford $3/month to attend school, plus 770,000 children who have been orphaned because the civil war conflicts and AIDS epidemic. How do you choose one child?
Even if every village had a school, and most have no school nearby, $27/year multiplied by a million children produces a sum which boggles the mind. Yet we are challenged to begin this program in Congo to provide a free primary education to every single child. Whatever benefits the children benefits the community, because the family is such a strong structure in Congo’s life and there is tremendous respect for education.
Why is the Community Learning Center so Important?
The local people will see themselves as the solution to the problem of poverty – not some outside group. They must use all the talent and skills already in their villages before seeking outside help. Every community has assets, but often are neglected.
What Your Monetary Donation Buys:
|Sheet metal for roof||$12|
|Sack of cement for 30 bricks||$18|
|One house at Mamalata Village to take care of 10 children||$11,500|
|Support of a teacher in a rural school||$100|
|School supplies for a child for one year||$20|
|Equip one classroom||$600|
|One goat, pig or sheep||$50|
|Support for one family – seeds and hand tools for farming||$200|
Any gift will change life in the Congo. In return, you will receive photos and progress reports about how you are impacting a village.