children come to me... -Luke 18:16
DR Congo is a country that has suffered from waves of
war and violence for decades. Our children have borne the brunt of this
suffering. We have focused our energies on feeding them because we
cannot do anything if we do not first keep them alive.
When the most recent war struck Congo, tens of thousands of displaced
persons flooded into Kamina, seeking refuge with distant relatives or
anyone who could help. Among these were hundreds (if not thousands) of
orphaned children. Relatives and church members took most of them into
their households. This was a act of great love and courage, since they
already struggled to feed their own children. But, the number of needy
children soon rose past the community’s capacity to care for them.
The North Katanga UM Conference, assisted by UMCOR (United Methodist
Committee on Relief), stepped in. Feeding programs were started, and an
orphanage was created for the most at-risk children. The United
Methodist Council of Bishops' Hope for the Children of Africa campaign
was used to start construction of a large orphanage, and funds from all
over were used to complete it. These initial funds have been spent, but
the need continues. Currently, our programs to assist orphaned and
malnourished children have little to no funding stream. Changing this
is a top priority.
For more Information See:
Special Numbers for Children's Projects