25 BOYS

24 GIRLS

29 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 St. Therese for immediate relief from the harsh realities they would otherwise face. 

ST. THERESE CHILDREN’S HOME

St. Therese is the sister home to Flames of Love, a non-profit organization established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They make it their mission to serve and love those who are hurting, broken, lost, or unwanted. Through this desire they opened up a home that does all of those things by providing a safe and loving place for children to come to. St. Therese does their best to provide the children with the best opportunities to succeed with the resources they have. Through the year, in addition to their support through Serving Orphans Worldwide, they have also received donations of food, clothing, and other items to ensure the children are taken care of.

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

St. Therese is made up of two different buildings. One is still in the process of being built, but when completed it will contain two dormitories, three bedrooms, a warehouse, a kitchen, and a large bathroom. The second building contains three dormitories, two offices, two warehouses, a prayer room, a dining hall and kitchen, and two extra rooms.

EDUCATION

The children in the home are all enrolled in either public, private, or a subsidized catholic school. The home hopes to one day provide an appropriate school to the organization by building a nursery, primary school, and secondary school.

FAITH

St. Therese fully believes in the saving power of Jesus and incorporate this into everything they do. The children in the home are involved with Bible studies and lessons in Biblical history as part of their education.

HEALTH

The staff do the best they can to get the children to see a medical professional when a serious emergency arises. Often, access to adequate healthcare is difficult in this part of the world. Their hope is that with the help of your donations they will be able to provide the children with nutritional food and better health care to ensure a healthier future for them!

SPONSOR THIS HOME

St. Therese DR Congo – Sponsorship Needs

$4,500 of $18,000 raised

This year, we have a goal to help improve the quality of care for these amazing children, and we need your help. Your gift will help provide education, a safe home, health, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. Our promise to you is that 100% will go directly to the home.

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CHILDREN IN NEED OF SPONSORSHIP IN DR CONGO

Jeanine 12 Years Old – DR Congo

Hi I'm Jeanine! Age 12 -  I currently live in Eastern DR Congo. Jeanine loves to…

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Jeanine 12 Years Old – DR Congo

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Hi I'm Jeanine!

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I currently live in Eastern DR Congo.

Jeanine loves to play handball with her friends, and is an exceptional student. She was double orphaned at an early age losing both parents at the same time. She loves to write and a big dream of hers is to be a journalist or editor one day.

 

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B’hati 10 Years Old – DR Congo

Hi I'm B'hati! Age 10 -  I currently live in Eastern DR Congo. B'hati is very…

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B’hati 10 Years Old – DR Congo

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Hi I'm B'hati!

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I currently live in Eastern DR Congo.

B'hati is very athletic, and enjoys playing outside with his friends. So far, he has not ever attended school and does not know how to read or write. However, he dreams that one day soon he can catch up to some of his peers and start classes.

 

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Annah 11 Years Old – DR Congo

Hi I'm Annah! Age 11 -  I currently live in Eastern DR Congo. Annah is doing…

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Annah 11 Years Old – DR Congo

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Hi I'm Annah!

Age 11 - 

I currently live in Eastern DR Congo.

Annah is doing very well in school and dreams of being a medical worker one day. She speaks DR Congo dialect French and enjoys art. Sponsorship would help her continue to afford school fees after she finishes year 5.

 

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