Compassion Orphanage- DR Congo
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Current phase of support:
71 Double Orphans
200 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
29.24 SQ. MILE 1,000,000 POP.
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.
Compassion Orphanage has a mission to rescue and provide a safe place for children who have been orphaned and abandoned.
Compassion Orphanage is an non profit organization under the Church of God World Missions/ East DRC that started with a mission to take care of orphaned and abandoned children in DR Congo. Many parents have passed away due to war and sickness. Children are abandoned due to poverty and tough life conditions. The church decided to set this ministry apart in order to address this issue and be a source of help for these 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.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to more than 20,000 children who wander the streets alone. Most of these children have been abandoned because they have lost both parents due to war and disease. Other children are accused of being witches and are thrown out of their homes. St. Therese takes these children in giving them the chance of a better future.
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.
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.
Compassion Orphanage provides a safe and nurturing home environment for every child rescued. Currently the home is renting a place, however, the ministry is working on building a home for a more permanent and stable situation for these children.
Access to healthcare can be challenging in this part of the world. However, Compassion Orphanage strives to make it possible for every child to receive recommended checkups and medical treatment when needed. This is an area of this ministry that can be improved with additional funding and support.
As a Christian ministry, Compassion Orphanage believes that at the heart of true healing is knowing the unconditional love of Jesus.
Compassion believes that education and literacy is one of the main components of helping these children reach their full potential. Children attend on site classes or public school, depending on their grade and whether there is enough support to cover their school fees.