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.
48 orphans have a home
We currently house 32 orphans and are in process of adding 16 more girls between the ages of 4 and 10 to Grace orphanage. With an estimated 200 more orphans in our immediate neighborhood with no place to go, there is much work to do. Our children are loved, cared for and, in addition to attending a good school, we hire a teacher for 5 afternoons a week to help some of our children with learning disabilities.
We are growing
Our children are cared for in a safe, loving environment that we have been developing over the last 6 years. In April 2017 through the help of International Widows & Orphans Fund, we purchased 2 acres of land just outside the city of Uvira. We have completed the first 4 homes of a facility that will eventually be home for up to 60 orphans. We also have an area where we have successfully grown cabbage, rice, corn, wild spinach, tomatoes and onions and have sold surplus vegetables in the process of become self-sufficient.
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, our staff essentially volunteer their time. At this time, we are only able to pay a small stipend and our staff rely on donors to help them pay for personal expenses.
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.