A Special Award and Highlights from 2017 — December 2017

World Family Organization rewards Espoir Congo on their 70th anniversary celebration

To close 2017 with an unexpected yet thrilling event, Espoir Congo was invited by the World Family Organization (a UN agency) for their 70th anniversary celebration which was held at the United Nations in Geneva, where we received this magnificent award.

Clotilde receiving award from WFO's president, next to South Africa representative

Clotilde receiving award from WFO's president, next to The Family Africa president and South Africa representative

It was an immense honor to participate in this memorable event. The WFO’s motto is: “Do unto other as you would have them do unto you”. WFO has set 17 global goals for sustainable development, such as no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities, etc. We made a presentation that showed how Espoir Congo is implementing 7 of these goals. WFO’s motto for this year is: “Not one family left behind”. We are proud to be sharing the same goals as this worldwide organization and are committed to continue doing our very best to implement them in our humble project, to better the lives of families in our part of the world.

Clotilde presenting Espoir Congo's implementation of 7 of the global goals for sustainable development

Clotilde presenting Espoir Congo's implementation of 7 of the global goals for sustainable development

Representing DRCongo at the U.N.

Representing DRCongo at the U.N.

 

                                 Highlights of the year 2017

 

1       Food Distribution

  • Distribution of milk, bread and snacks to all the students
  • A hot meal for the orphaned children
  • We study better on a full tummy!
    A good breakfast for all the kids makes much better students

    A good breakfast for all the kids makes much better students

    Snacks make everyone happy

    Snacks make everyone happy

    and a nice hot meal for the orphaned children

    and a nice hot meal for the orphaned children

     

2       Education

  • Schooling of 272 students, 173 in Primary school and 100 in Middle School, including 135 boys and 138 girls!
  • 98% success at the final State examination for Primary School Students
  • Presentation of the STEPS Program to teachers and educators
    Our secondary school students

    Our secondary school students

    Inauguration of the High School with the Rawji Foundation

    Inauguration of the High School with the Rawji Foundation

    Presentation of the STEPS Program to Sunday School teachers

    Presentation of the STEPS Program to Sunday School teachers

     

3       Vocational Training

  • Free vocational training in tailoring to underprivileged girls and women.
    Tailoring Training

    Tailoring Training

4       Scholarships

  • Scholarships for Jacques (agricultural engineering) and Ana (medical school) at the University of Kinshasa.
    Jacques studying agronomy in UNIKIN

    Jacques studying agronomy at UNIKIN

    Ana studying medicine at UNIKIN

    Ana studying medicine at UNIKIN

     

5       Medical Center and Maternity

  • Medical care of orphaned and underprivileged children in Kikimi
  • Pre and post-natal care, including the delivery of  67  healthy babies; distribution of baby clothes.
  • Purchase of a much-needed ambulance
  • Participation in Operation Smile
    Maternity

    Maternity

    Maternity

    Maternity

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    Post natal care

    Post natal care

    Purchase of a much needed ambulance

    Purchase of a much needed ambulance

    Participation in Operation Smile

    Participation in Operation Smile

     

6       Development, Construction, Set-up

  • Construction of a sanitary block (5 toilets) including a septic system and water tanks for the secondary school.
  • Installation of toilets and showers in the medical center, including septic system and water tanks.
  • Tiling of the medical center’s second story and of the stairs, painting of walls, door and windows.
  • Furnishing and basic set-up of the surgery room and patient ward.
  • Addition of two more solar panels
  • Professional geological survey for a well
  • Maintenance of the primary school classrooms (painting)
    Septic tank for new sanitary block

    Septic tank for new sanitary block

    Tiling, furnishing and set up of surgery ward

    Tiling, furnishing and set up of surgery ward

    Installation of 2 more solar panels

    Installation of 2 more solar panels

    Geo-electric survey for bore well project

    Geo-electric survey for bore well project

     

7       Incubating Micro-Enterprises

  • Fabricius: Capital for agricultural project to increase his production to better finance his studies in university.
  • Women in our Tailoring Training Program: Capital to manufacture school uniforms to earn a living. 
    Agriculture

    Agriculture

    Manufacturing school uniforms

    Manufacturing school uniforms

     

8       Youth Ministry

  • Weekly Bible study groups in three different areas of Kinshasa.
  • Graduation ceremony for students who completed the Bible course
  • Monthly fellowships and seminars for the youth.
  • Three-day retreat for the laureates of the Bible Course.
    Graduation ceremony for Bible course students

    Graduation ceremony for Bible course students

    Three day retreat for young people

    Three day retreat for young people

    Distributing devotional booklets

    Distributing devotional booklets

    Marc McMillion's video class on Bible Prophecy

    Seminar on Bible Prophecy

     

Thank You

A big thank you to Mafricom (Mr. Mahesh), SOKIN (Mr. Mohammed et Mr. Kaddoura), MARSAVCO, CONGO FOODS (Mr. Abdul), Pain d’Or (Mr. Mohammed), Working Ladies (Patricia Nzolantima), RAWJI Foundation, SONAS, Shamshad, Neema, Amina, Marie-Thérèse, Mylène, Yvan, Jessica, Renate, Steven Leuthold Family Foundation, FCF, and all those who preferred to remain anonymous. This Year End Review is yours, and we are deeply honored to be working side by side to better the living conditions of this neglected part of the Congolese society, to give them hope in a better future. May God richly bless you with a very happy New Year! 

 

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