Lenten proyect 2017: Gift for children in Congo!

Project : Elementary and Secondary Education Assistance to Children of Poor Families in the Parish of Saint-Augustine of Poko.

SUMMARY

The following project plans to help children 18 years and younger who belong to poor families within our own parish. The project hopes to ensure that these children have access to a basic education program.

This project is part of an effort to mobilize resources towards the creation of a youth ministry program. The program would encourage parents to create a Christian environment within their families and help establish a Christian leadership group with a social development focus.

Overall yearly cost: 2000 EUROS

3. PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT

3.1. Justification

1. Situation at the National Level

According to a national survey conducted in 2012 by the EADE (Children and Adolescents out of School) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, approximately 7.4 million children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17 do not attend school. Of these 7.4 million, 3.5 million, or 47.6% of them, are children between the ages of 6 and 11. Furthermore, 5 million of these children are orphans and have limited access to education.

Rural communities face many obstacles, be they political, marginal or institutional in nature, to ensuring education is accessible and available to all. These obstacles include: cost of education, distance between school and home, unequal distribution of educational infrastructure resources, deteriorating educational infrastructure, lack of human resources and school supplies, and armed conflicts.

Broader cultural and socio-economic factors also influence the overall demand for schooling. These factors include: parental poverty status, gender inequality linked to accepted customs and gender roles, orphan status, handicapped children, foster children, low education levels of community and household leaders, number of school-aged children in a family, child labor, number of members within a family with long-term disease, insecurity, and the insatiable, intangible, needs of a household.

These obstacles deprive children under the age of 18 of their basic education, a fundamental human right, and of developing responsibility and accountability as personality trait.

2. Situation at the Local Level

The parish of Saint-Augustine of Poko is located in a rural zone where the economy relies almost entirely on agricultural production.

Since the collapse of the agricultural economy in 1990, the agricultural and rural population has been suffering from extreme poverty. This collapse has grave consequences on our ministry and on the future of the Christian faith within this community. Early on, this ministry was established by missionaries with the intention of providing an educational foundation to the indigenous community through the creation of schools and boarding schools.

Political instability has been followed by civil wars and lootings. In light of these circumstances, the Church is faced with the question of whether or not it should abandon its mission and discontinue the education and formation of these young men and women.

4. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

4.1. General Objective

Ensure the yearly education of 10 school-aged children that belong to impoverished Christian families from Saint-Augustine Parish in Poko.

4.2. Specific Objectives

SO 1. To ensure the costs of educating 10 children in the area schools – 5 girls and 5 boys under 18 years of age.

SO 2. To ensure the travel of one child to Kinshasa so that he/she can attend a school in the Capital.
4.3. PLANS

1. To conduct a fundraiser campaign towards the education of children belonging to impoverished Christian families.
2. To pay the education expenses for the 10 children identified by the Parish of Saint-Augustin.
3. To ensure follow-up of the beneficiaries of this education program with their respective schools.

5. LENGTH OF THE PROJECT
The project covers a period of six years (starting in 2017)
This period encompasses one complete cycle of primary and secondary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

6. MAINTENANCE OF THE PROJECT

1. The parents of the children benefitting from the program are organized under a small parish association that deals with the educational matters of parish youth.
2. Parents will contribute two pigs so that they can build a communal pigsty.
3. The funds generated by this pigsty will contribute to the local initiatives run by the priest and help all men and women of good will.

7. EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE

I thank you in advance, all the men and women of good will. For the interest with which you may respond in favor of the children of our impoverished families from the Parish of Saint-Augustine.

Father Guylain MUKUANGA, osa

Attachment : Name of children proposed :

- Ornela GUNABALI MAPUNGUANE
- Andrea MBOLIFULI GAMBOLIPAY
- Marie MIVUNGUNA MAMBAIKO
- Julie KUSANGENE ANISA (fille)
- Esther ANISA BEBU (fille)
- Guylaine SOKI
- Dieudonné YENGA DETRUWAY
- Yvonne UMBADE TUMUKA
- Daniela ANGOTOWA
- Simon BIKA

More information: Fr Juan Provecho, OSA. juan@augustiniani.cz or 602684538