The poorest of the poor
After a 15 year civil war that killed over 5 million and orphaned almost 2 million children, the Democratic Republic of the Congo offers no social services. Every home has lost family members to the civil war. Many children have no one to care for them and are left to wander the streets looking for food. Widows are left to scramble for money (usually resorting to prostitution) and to protect themselves from rape.
35 orphans have a home
We currently house 35 orphans, with an estimated 200 more in our immediate neighborhood with no place to go. Our children are loved, cared for and in addition to attending a good school, we hire a teacher for 3 afternoons a week to help some of our children with learning disabilities.
We are growing
Currently, we are housing the children in a rented home. In April 2017 through the help of International Widows & Orphans Fund, we purchased 2 acres of land. We have started construction of a new permanent facility that will offer shelter for 60 orphans as well as a farm to produce our own food. Any surplus vegetables will be sold to allow us to become self-sustaining.
97% of funds received reach the children
Although David, the orphanage director and his family, and two of the ladies who care for the children live and eat on site, all our staff volunteer their time and rely on donors to help them pay for personal expenses. At this time, we are not in a position to pay any staff wages.
We accept orphans from all tribes and religions
When David and his team started Grace Orphanage, they took in children with the most desperate needs. They did not discriminate on the basis of tribe (a major issue in most of central Africa) or religion. Some orphans have only vague memories of their parents’ beliefs. The children know that they are loved and that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives.