10 Sep 17 Children Rescued from the Congolese jungle in the War zone.
Congolese civilians have already experienced over a decade of violence with the civil war that has killed 5 million people between 1997 and 2003. In addition, the rise in militia groups, HIV/AIDS cases and the Ebola outbreak has left thousands of children orphaned and abandoned, making DR. Congo the epicenter of the global orphan crisis.
Last month, UNICEF and their partners registered 1,380 orphans who had lost one or both of their parents to Ebola since the beginning of the outbreak over a year ago. The numbers seem overwhelming, however, as Christians with a mandate to care for widows and orphans in their distress, we must carry the responsibility to act and serve in love.
Serving Orphans Worldwide has been working to support Pastor Kibi and his church in Goma to create a manageable system to care for the growing number of orphans coming in from the war zone. In a country with no social infrastructure to care for these children, this process has been both challenging and a true testament of God’s provision and faithfulness.
Over the last few years, special sponsors came together to purchase land, a security wall and the means to start the construction on a building in Goma that would safely house the most vulnerable children in DR Congo. While the building was being completed, Pastor Kibi and his church gathered with hundreds of widows and orphans to provide them with food and clothing allotments. They were able to form a network of families within the church willing to foster children who would otherwise be trying to survive the harsh realities of street life in DR. Congo. They decided to continue with this foster system and reserve the residential program for the most vulnerable children in dire need.
Last week, 17 orphaned children whose lives were in critical condition were rescued, treated and brought to their new home in Goma, making them the first of Pastor Kibi’s full time residential program. These children were found in the Congolese jungle, trying to survive on their own in an abandoned mud house in the middle of the war zone. This rescue would not have been possible without the collaborative generosity of supporters here in the United States and the dedicated local church volunteers in Goma.
A week after their rescue, they were enrolled in school for the first time in their lives. They will get to sleep in a warm bed without fear and will wake up in the morning knowing they will have food to eat.
We believe that the continuation of the feeding program and foster care network will only enhance the work of the residential program. Naturally, Pastor Kibi and his church decided to change their name from Compassion Orphanage to Kibi’s Rescue Project to better reflect the entirety of their work in regard to caring for orphans.
We are thankful for every person who has given to Kibi’s rescue project and to any other SOW partner home. We truly believe that we can make a dent in the orphan crisis in our lifetime. Serving Orphans Worldwide partners with four projects in DR. Congo and many more around the world. With our 100 percent approach, every dollar we receive goes directly to the field to ensure maximum impact.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child from any of our partner homes, 100% of your gift will go directly to improving their lives and not to any of SOW’s administrative costs.
Written by Susan Anderson