Give Hope and Transform a Child's LIFE Now
Give Hope and Transform a Child's LIFE Now

How It Started

The desire to help DRC children started in my heart when I visited this country back in 2000.  The look on children’s faces selling little sweets at Njili Airport broke my heart and I decided to do something about it even though I did not know what to do or how to do it.

I saw children as young as ten trying to sell me sweets, and others asking to carry my luggage so I could give them money in return. I asked a couple of them why they were not in school. I got the answer I was expecting, "There is no one to pay the school fees and I'm trying to sell these so I can get something to eat". Of course, I knew the plight of Congo's children; I was born there and lived the first 10 years of my life there. I remember the thought that came to my mind, "It could have been me”. I was really moved by the condition of these children.  I had many questions than I had answers. I asked myself what could I do to help, Where could I start. The whole experience was overwhelming and intensified throughout the time I was there because of the conditions of life. My heart is still broken to this very day, when I consider the suffering of DRC children which has become worse.

 

During the trip in 2000 I decided to help a young boy by the name of Papi Mbalumuna, who was living in a very difficult condition and was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds. I promised to pay his school fees and buy him clothing items until he finished school. I kept my promised, he finished secondary school and I helped him go to university to study nursing and now he is married and working with Children in Boma.

 

Papi would have never had finished his education had I not extended a helping hand in his life.  As often as I think of Papi, I say to myself, there are many Papis' out there who can achieve something in life if someone gives them the opportunity.  It doesn’t cost much to give a child an opportunity to finish their education and pursue their dreams.

 

I really wanted to help more children, but I knew that I could not do it alone because I didn’t have the resources to help them.  I convinced myself that there are people who have the desire to help children in poverty. That’s why in 2014 I decided to start DRC Children First to reach to the forgotten and forsaken children of DRC and rescue them from poverty.

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18 November 2016

Rising tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are being stoked by crackdowns on freedom of expression and peaceful protests, posing a deadly risk of further violence, Amnesty International said today, one month ahead of the day President Joseph Kabila’s constitutionally-mandated second term will end.

 

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