Wednesday, December 30, 2009

500 children...

I've started this blog as a way to publicize the needs of a school in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, run by one valiant minister, Félix Wenzem, and his associates who teach the children.  The students range in age from 6 to over 16 years, and the classes (different age groups located at different sites) range from primary school to those preparing to take the baccalauréat exam. Young women who are not going on to the university are taught sewing ... although the school has only 1 working sewing machine.  Which leads me to my real quest: money for the school. Does anyone know of any organization, foundation, or NGO that Félix could contact for grants or funding?

The families of some of the children are able to contribute funds, others pay with crops that they grow.  Other families cannot pay at all. Some of the children come from such poor backgrounds that they need to be fed at school to get a decent meal.  Some are street children  or children thrown out of their homes because they are believed to be witches.

If you know of any organizations that might be able to help Rev. Félix, kindly let me know. Et oui, ici on parle français !!

Regarding the plight of children in the DRC:
http://www.danballuff.com/

http://www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/2006/issue4/0406p35.htm

http://cncblog.congonewschannel.net/2009/11/children-targeted-as-witches-in-congo.html

Monday, December 28, 2009

Photos

Here are photos that Félix sent me.
Voici des photos envoyées par Félix.


Ecole Primaire

1e et 2e Primaires

Le Recteur, Jean Bosco Félix Wenzem



Félix et Frère Mvunbi

Older Students