Democratic Republic of Congo
Housing for those who provide dignity
Already one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been thrown still further into destitution and chaos by the continuing violence and armed conflict throughout the country.
A lack of security and political instability have left ordinary people in Congo poorer than ever before. Many parents are finding themselves unable to care for their children, and many children are being abandoned or even thrown out of their homes – often under the pretext of having practiced witchcraft and therefore bringing evil upon the family. It comes as no surprise then, that so very many boys end up going off the rails and joining criminal gangs. Girls, are very often forced into prostitution or become pregnant and have no one to help them, they are left completely alone often incapable of caring for their children. They have had no education and have no idea how to support themselves and no resources other than prostitution to turn to.
The Sisters of the congregation of the Filles de Notre Dame du Sacré Cœur (Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) are caring for these helpless people barely out of childhood in four separate centres around the country. The Sisters care for street children and orphans and help adolescent young mothers by providing them with new resources. They teach the girls how to knit and how to sew, so that they can support themselves.
The Sisters also teach basic literacy, provide care for the elderly, tend to patients suffering from leprosy in special centres created for the purpose. They provide medical services for the sick who would otherwise have no access to medical treatment and midwifery care for expectant mothers. Schools enjoy the benefit of their teaching and parishes benefit from their support in various ways such as cathechetical instruction.
Plans to build a new centre are now underway in Mbandaka (the north-west of DRCongo). The centre’s main function will be as a place for the Sisters to put their skills to work in the care of orphans and the sick.
ACN has promised 116,800 CAD toward the realization of this wonderful project.
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