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In a small, dusty village in the outskirts of Kinshasa, DRC, 50 orphaned children are receiving free education, vocational training, nutritious food, basic medical care, and access to clean water and at Espoir Congo’s newly built community school and medical center. Improvements in 2012 included the addition of another classroom allowing for the inclusion of 5th and 6th grade pupils, building a sanitary block, implementing a rain water collection system, fixing the roof, and providing new uniforms for all. Tailoring classes began for unwed young mothers and older orphan girls. In addition to orphans, 120 children of impoverished village families also attend the school and in 2012, parents were offered a free plot of land for growing vegetables to assist them in contributing toward tuition fees.
Justine Ntanga, in Kinshasa, DRC used to sell items at the local market for many years, until she was run over by a car over a year ago. Having to be hospitalized, she was forced to spend all her capital to cover the medical expenses. With an unemployed husband and no other resources, Justine was desperate to find ways to make ends meet and raise her family of 7 children. She heard of Espoir Congo’s micro-finance program and enrolled, enabling her to take out a small loan to restart her business selling household products wholesale. As part of the program, Espoir Congo closely monitors progress and provides training sessions for loan beneficiaries, addressing topics such as business management, bookkeeping, work ethics and moral values. Justine is one of 9 new loan beneficiaries in 2012, grateful for the chance to regain financial independence and earn a living to support their families.
To address the growing number of orphans resulting from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, the Kazembe Orphanage in rural Zambia rescues children under 2 years who are abandoned or orphaned, fostering them until the age of 18. In 2012 the total count rose to 26 orphans. Many of the infants who arrive at the doorstep are malnourished, sickly and struggling for their lives, but after generous amounts of love, care and medical attention, they are soon growing into healthy, energetic children who enjoy learning and exploring. In early October, a set of newborn twins were brought to the orphanage one Saturday afternoon. Their mother had died shortly after giving birth to them several hours earlier, leaving behind a grieving husband with seven other children, unable to care for the infants and with no relatives to help. The twins, Luke and Leah, are now part of the Kazembe family; they are healthy and gaining weight steadily.