Kitabataba Community, Democratic Republic of Congo.
When ten-year-old Alain’s* father passed away, his relatives forced his family to leave their home and took all of their possessions. Providing even the most basic necessity of food became a challenge for his mother, who suddenly bore the weight of caring for her family alone. With nowhere to live, the family wandered the community, hoping to find a place to sleep. Eventually a local church offered the family a small corner of their building, which they could only use to sleep at night. Although they now had a place to sleep, life continued to be extremely challenging.
It was in the midst of their desperation that volunteer Care Workers found Alain’s family and invited Alain and his siblings to the Life Centre. The Care Workers visit Alain and his family, not only in their home but also at the market, where his mother works, bringing support and encouragement. Despite life’s continued difficulties, the Life Centre has had a tremendous impact on Alain’s life.
Within the community of Kitabataba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo there are 14 Care Workers who have committed to caring for 100 of the most vulnerable children. Read more: https://www.handsatwork.org/drc/kitabataba
Ruth* is from a family of eight children but since her father’s passing, she was sent alone to live with her aunt. Ruth became malnourished and stopped attending school as her aunt was unable to properly care for her. When she returned home, she was brought to the CBO along with five of her siblings where she slowly regained her health and strength. The headmaster of the local school also stepped in to pay for Ruth’s school fees so she could re-start her education.