What’s the long term vision?
Work in collaboration with other entities in Congo to create a self-sustaining environment that will lead to economic independence and health.
DIRECTOR OF THE CHILDREN'S CENTER RECEIVED TWIN INFANT BOYS, CALEB AND JOSHUA AND A TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL, FLORA. BELOW SABULI SHARES THE STORY OF THE ABANDONED TWINS. AFTER THE INTERVIEW, THE WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN CARING FOR THE CHILDREN INTRODUCED FLORA.
The local community in Gemena, DR Congo has contributed labor & materials to minimize the time & expense to reconstruct the Children's Center.
We redesigned the roof to hopefully withstand any future storms. A significant amount of local mahogany beams were added and stronger materials were used to reinforce the metal roofing to the beams. Children have moved back in and partial solar power is back up. The Internet signal is weak until we repair the receiver / dish. Water access is re-established.
Several Critical Needs Still Exist:
Four solar panels need to be replaced. An estimated $ 2,400 is needed to replace them before the labor costs are added. Many mattresses, bedding and personal items need to be replaced. The internet dish needs to be repaired. Before labor costs the estimated total of replacing the satellite is $9,200. We need to plant a few dozen fast growing trees to protect the structure from direct wind damage.
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We are raising funds to rebuild the Childrene's Center. On September 9th, a severe rain and windstorm destroyed the roof, interior furnishings, solar panels and Internet dish at the Children's Center. We need your support.
The Sabuli's Children's Center has been in operation for 6 years - a building to provide a secure home, furnishings to provide some comfort, running water to replace the daily walks to go and get clean water, solar power to extended light to read and study and internet to provide communications & educational content. On September 9th, a massive storm went through the Bokonzo, Gemena community, destroying the Children's roof and heavily damaging the recently installed solar panels and satellite for internet connection at the orphanage. This Children's Center is home to 85 abandoned children and now the children are displaced, finding shelter within the local church and some neighbor's homes. Thankfully, not one child at the Center was injured.
The children's beds and mattresses at the Center remain soaked as the rain continues to fall. Everything is wet inside the building. Their notebooks and clothes were scattered outside by the storm. When Sabuli, the director of the Children's Center, returned from her garden in the afternoon she tried to calm the children as they were screaming and crying. The entire roof had blown off their building while children were inside. Sabuli is overwhelmed, discouraged and exhausted. She and the children desperately need your support.
Some of the solar panels can be reused but many new ones will need to be bought. A new Internet dish is required to restore communications. We have been in communication with engineers to assess the damage and plan for the reconstruction of the Center. The primary task has been to immediately repair and secure the roof since the rain is continuing to fall. Current materials, such as mahogany wood, are being borrowed to quicly rebuild the Center as CongoVoice manages to raise support and repay the repair costs.
The estimate, including labor cost, to fix the roof is $12,585. Before labor cost the estimate to replace the satellite is $9,200. Four of the solar panels were critically damaged and will cost $ 2,400 to replace before labor costs.
We are asking those who pray to pray for the protection and comfort of children and the staff who serve them. Please keep these children and caregivers close to your hearts. We can only imagine what they have all experienced. We are committed to restore their lives as best as we are able.
Please consider donating to CongoVoice.org to rebuild the Children's Center and provide HOPE and OPPORTUNITY to the Congolese.
To give, click the donate button below. Designate the purpose of your donation to the Children's Center and note"Repair/Rebuild" - OR you can send a check made out to CongoVoice and designate “Children's Center Repair” on the memo line.
Mail to: CongoVoice, 2805 St James Road, Belmont, CA 94002.
We will be updating the congovoice.org web site as we are able with news - or will be sending out additional newsletters.
Nine 50lb crates of donated supplies were shipped with CEUM President Mboka and his wife. 7 crates are specifc supplies donated to support Sabuli's Children Center and UPU. The 7 crates included medical supplies, a highly sophisticated microscope for the children's clinic, seeds, a projector, books, tech equipment, educational supplies, quilts, toys and children's clothing. CongoVoice gives a big thanks to Sutter Health, MedShare, and Dress A Girl/ Dress A Dude organizations for their donations. Specific appreciation to individuals who made each quilt, the family who purchased the microscope and all those who purchased a child's bracelet in support of the Clinic Initiative at the Center. At the end of the month all items will be distributed. For more info email us at Info@CongoVoice.org
Suzanne and Sabuli at the recent Christian Alliance for Orphans, CAFO in Nashville TN. Over 2,000 individuals, spanning 140 organizations from all over the world gather at CAFO to inspire and equip one another in a joint initiative to serve orphans worldwide through effective, sustainable models.
CLEAN WATER = LIFE
A clean water well has one of the greatest impacts for children and their communities.
Safe drinking water protects children from water-borne diseases, which is one of the highest causes of infant mortality. Your support of clean water in Congo means incredible change for the neediest children.
Imagine if you had to WALK several hours TWICE a day to fetch water to LIVE.
This is the reality for most women and small children in the DR Congo! BUT you can partner with CongoVoice to provide these vulnerable families with CLEAN WATER within a few minutes of their homes.
CongoVoice is in the process of drilling three CLEAN WATER wells in Gemena: The first is next to the Sabuli Children's Center, then on the campus of the Ubangi University (UPU) and then near the Community Center in the market center. Each well is estimated to cost $25,000 to drill, provide a storage tank and provide multiple refilling stations.To learn more click below to view the water initiative video.
MEET HOPE. AFTER GIVING BIRTH, THE 17-YEAR-OLD MOTHER DID NOT EVEN HAVE A BLANKET TO WRAP HER CHILD IN. THE GUARD AT THE CLINIC GAVE HER HIS OWN JACKET TO KEEP THE BABY WARM. HER FAMILY DISOWNED HER FOR GETTING PREGNANT AND WOULD NOT ACCEPT EITHER OF THEM. OUT OF DESPERATION, SHE DUG A HOLE AND BURIED HER SON. SHE UNBURIED HIM AS THE CHILD CONTINUED TO SCREAM IN THE GROUND. SHE HEARD THAT SABULI SANGUMA, DIRECTOR OF THE CONGOVOICE CHILDREN'S CENTER, TAKES CARE OF CHILDREN WITH NO FAMILIES. BOTH HER AND THE CHILD HAVE REMAINED IN SABULI'S CARE SINCE NOVEMBER 2014. SABULI NAMED HIM HOPE. HELP SABULI WITH ALL THE CHILDREN'S NEEDS: SUPPORT THE CHILDREN'S CENTER
MEET COURAGEOUS KRISTINE, AGE 10. ONE NIGHT, FISHING ON THE CONGO RIVER IN A CANOE, HER FATHER WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTENING. SHE WAS TOSSED OVERBOARD. WHEN SHE CLIMBED BACK IN THE CANOE SHE FOUND HER FATHER DEAD. FROM 9PM TO 2AM SHE PULLED THE CANOE, WITH HER FATHER IN IT WITH ONE HAND AND USED HER OTHER HAND TO PUSH THROUGH THE RIVER'S CURRENT TO SHORE. A LOCAL VILLAGE PASTOR KNEW SHE WOULD BE BEST CARED FOR BY SABULI, THE DIRECTOR OF THE ONLY ORPHANAGE, 435 MILES AWAY. THEY TRAVELED BY MOTORBIKE 700 KILOMETERS TO SABULI’S CHILDREN'S CENTER. TO SUPPORT SABULI CARING FOR HER 80 ABANDONED CHILDREN, VISIT CongoVoice and TAKE ACTION.