In order to give these underprivileged children the opportunities to succeed in life and find fulfillment and happiness, Espoir Congo wants to go beyond providing them with material aid and conventional education. Children need playtime, and also the opportunity to develop their creativity and character in a fun, constructive way.
The children at Espoir Congo’s school regularly participate in singing, acting, sports, games, arts and crafts and character building activities, using a renowned character-and-values-building curriculum developed by Africa-based educators. This curriculum includes a diverse array of stories, poems, songs and activities specifically tailored to an African audience.
The program addresses the very real need for holistic education in schools. Even if significant emphasis is placed on academic instruction, there is an immense need in the DR Congo for educational materials that address everyday issues such as honesty, diligence, anger, forgiveness, cooperation, overcoming difficulties and having a positive outlook, among others.
In 2012, an excursion to the national zoo was organized, the very first time for most of these children to ever leave their village and see the “big city” of Kinshasa.
Educational excursions have now become an annual event.
In 2013, a recreational program was initiated and the children participated in daily outdoor games and sports, and a volleyball field was set up.
Plans are underway to build a soccer field and basketball court, as well as organize more field trips, to provide additional recreational outlets for the children and teenagers.