The Story of Kikula Community
In the Southern Region of Katanga, DRC is the community of Kikula. With a population of over 200,000, it is one of the largest slum townships on the outskirts of the bustling city of Likasi. In 1993, Kikula found itself in the epicentre of civil conflict, with rebel groups fighting for regional independence from the government. The conflict eventually passed over, but in its wake, left thousands of newly orphaned children. With the recurrence of war in Eastern Congo, this number has increased as more and more families and children flee the conflict and head south, most of them ending up in poor communities like Kikula.
Children currently supported: 70
Number of Care Workers: 19
Coordinator Name: Promotion
Distance from Local Office:
2 hour drive
Basic Services Started: 2008
Of the thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children in Kikula township, 900 have been identified by the home- based Care Workers in their immediate area. Local volunteers from churches across Kikula have united to visit these children in their homes, bringing parental love and care.
Visiting orphaned and vulnerable children in their homes is the foundation of everything Hands at Work does. Community volunteers who regularly visit the children build up strong relationships, enabling them to support each child physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This also helps them to accurately assess each child’s needs and make a plan for how to best intervene and provide sustainable care for them.
In partnership with Hands at Work, provision was made by the Community Based Organisation in Kikula to provide the 3 Essential Services for the identified most vulnerable children. In order to address the most essential needs of an orphaned or vulnerable child in Kikula CBO, Hands at Work aims to provide one nutritious meal to each child per day, as well as provide access to education and basic health care. Today, 100 of Kikula’s most vulnerable children are receiving daily food at the local care point, as well as education and basic healthcare when needed.
Jaelle is just 12 years old. In a community where young girls are often married off, Jaelle is vulnerable to the abuses and unwanted attention of those who would seek to abuse her. Every evening she is left alone to care for her four-year-old brother. Their stepfather must leave them to work as a security guard. He earns a small wage monthly to support his family, but it is still not enough for all their needs. Through the love and support of the local Care Worker’s in Kikula, Jaelle and her family do not have to carry their burdens alone.
The Hands at Work office in Likasi currently supports six Community Based Organisations, which exist to care for the most vulnerable in their communities. The office provides training, networking, and encouragement to those Community Based Organisations like Kikula. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.