20 BOYS

36 GIRLS

57 DOUBLE ORPHANS

ORPHAN CRISIS IN DR CONGO

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in a state of conflict and chaos since 1998, which marks the beginning of the Second Congo War. More than 5 million people have died in this conflict, making it one of the world’s deadliest wars. A striking 47% of those deaths were children under the age of five. Today, the nation remains in a state of desperation. Nearly 1 million people in the Congo have been displaced, forced to leave their homes. As a result, poverty, insecurity, sexual violence, and lack of social services have all taken a toll, according to a report from UNICEF.

 

 Among the many contributing factors to the orphan crisis in the Congo, HIV/ AIDS is one of the biggest. There are approximately 1,100,000 people living with HIV in DR Congo, and over 700,000 children are left orphaned by the disease. These children, at no fault of their own, face discrimination and are often marginalized because of the culture’s stigma that blames AIDS orphans of committing witchcraft or sorcery. Orphaned and abandoned children are extremely vulnerable to dangers such as trafficking, recruitment as child soldiers, child labor, and abuse. These children rely on homes such as Compassion Orphanage for immediate relief from the harsh realities they would otherwise face. 

COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN IN DISTRESS

Our SOW field representative often claims: “I have visited no place in the world that has suffered more than the Democratic Republic of Congo.” All of the precious children at Compassion Orphanage lost their parents by HIV/AIDS or in the ongoing conflict that the country faces. In fact, if it were not for inadequate space and funding, the home would open its doors to many more children who are suffering, alone and destitute in their country. Unfortunately, the number of orphaned children is on the rise daily in DRC. Compassion for Children in Distress aims to alleviate and eradicate any kinds of physical and spiritual trauma that children may go through. In doing this, they advocate for those children’s rights and provide them with education, health, food, clothing, etc. Through your support, SOW has been able to help CCD more than double the amount of food the children receive daily. (At one point, they were receiving merely 1 bowl of porridge once a day.) However, there is still a pressing need for clothes, shoes, kitchen utensils, beds, bedding, and a larger facility to house the children.

Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.

PROMINENT ISSUES

Double Orphaned

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to more than 20,000 children who wander the streets alone. Most of these children have been double orphaned because they have lost both parents due to war and disease. 

War

The biggest issue faced in the Democratic Republic of Congo is war. The essence of war has left the country broken with a multitude of issues. Because of this, children were orphaned and left to defend themselves from the harsh realities of life.

HIV/AIDS

According to UNAIDS, nearly 440,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the DRC, with 15% of them being children. The source also reports that 350,000 children have been orphaned by the disease.

HOME

The children are quickly outgrowing this home. This project is still very much in our rescue phase. We hope to be able to raise funds to build a better, more practical facility. Though the home is small, the staff are doing the best they can with the resources they have. 

EDUCATION

This home operates a school on site, where the children learn every day. They have also started a sewing business to try and make additional money. The staff would also like to teach the children to sew for a better chance of having a supplemental income when they are older.  

FAITH

Compassion makes it their goal to remind children that they are important, and they strive to train children to serve others to the glory of God. The home has a chaplaincy, where Bible studies and prayer meetings are held, ministering to people in the community. 

HEALTH

Access to healthcare can be challenging in this part of the world. However, Compassion for Children in Distress strives to make it possible for the children to go to a local pharmacy and hospital for extreme medical issues.