In Congo, school is a luxury, not a right. The government doesn’t pay for it. The expenses of the uniform and tuition can add up when there are many children and food and basic needs are hard to meet. Our hope is that education can give these children hope for the future and the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. We are currently funding education for for the 2019-2020 school year. We provide tuition, fees, uniforms, backpacks, shoes, and supplies. The cost for an entire school year is $200 per student.
We provide 50% of the orphanage's food supply. Each month we send $1000 to our Congolese staff who then purchases and delivers food to the orphanage.
We meet other basic needs for the orphanage when possible. We provided bunkbeds for all of the children after learning their beds had been destroyed. We paid the medical bills when one of the orphans was sick in the hospital. We also paid the deposit on a new home for the orphanage.
Vocational Training Center
We have a great new opportunity! Our orphanage has asked us to provide a way for them to expand their vocational training center. This training center will teach the girls the skill of sewing. There are a lot of older girls at the orphanage who will need to be working soon. In Congo, women have very little rights. One of the huge contributors to the orphan crises there is that women cannot provide for their families when the husband is gone, causing them to give up their children. What if we can be a part of changing that? By providing a way for these girls to learn a skill, we are enabling them to later provide for their families! Our initial goal when we started Elikya Project was provide education to break the cycle of poverty with the children. This vocational training center is one more step in breaking that cycle!