Project Orphanage in Uvira, D.R. Congo
On May 18, 2015 the orphanage in Uvira, Kivu Sud, was opened. The orphanage consists of five houses accommodating 12 children in each house. For each house a "foster mother" is employed.
The coastal area of D.R. Congo along Lake Tanganyikas beginns at the border with Burundi and approx. 100 km to the south towards Kalemie. The area of the buildings, where there is also a school built for approx. 350 students and a health clinic, were donated by a family in the area.
Short description of the area
The area has been affected by the war situation in 2009 in which a part of the population fled to Tanzania on the opposite side of Lake Tanganyika. The changing conditions of soon government forces and soon rebellious forces have totally embarrassed the civilian population, and the war has left many orphaned and traumatized children and adolescents.
The indigenous population has now largely returned, but a major work is being done with the rebuilding of a social system. Especially the orphans and children are a vulnerable group.
Poverty in the area is very large and people are mainly engaged in fishing and retailing. The coastal area is at the foot of a tall and elongated mountain range, where farm opportunities are found on the high plains behind the mountain range. This complicates this way of living and results in high food prices on agricultural products.
The people are enthusiastic and eager to rebuild their country, but generally need external help to support development.
The target group is not only orphaned children and adolescents 4-16 years but children and young people with disabilities.
Through its diakonical work, the brothers church has taken care of many in this group, and currently they work with approx. 340 children who are housed in family care at church members. It is a huge burden for the already poor families. There are still many children in the target group, orphaned fishermen who need a home.
The orphanage is being built by a village along the coast, south of Uvira, and it will accommodate up to 60 children. A large part of the population in the village and further down the coast is fed up with fishing and a little farming on the mountain sides, where they cultivate kasava (manioc). The pigs are transported to Uvira to be sold there.
A primary school is being built close to the orphanage, with space for the children's home and part of the village and the area's many children and young people (a total of 300 students) and a health clinic for the village's population. Both are donated by two private Danish companies.
The work will largely rest on the local priest and chairman of the Moravian Church in the district of Kivu Sud, Jaques, who also has direct contact with the president and bishop of Eglise Morave au Congo, Rev. Tshimanga Moïse, as well as the chieftains and government officials in the area.
Expenses for the operation of the home for children and young people are borne to some extent by the congregations themselves through donations and its active involvement in many small revenue-generating projects.
BDM has co-responsibility for the functioning of the children's home and is working to obtain donations from Danish companies to ensure that the necessary funds for the operation of the orphanage are present.
In each house, 12 children live with their foster mother. Food, clothes, schooling and other necessities for the children are provided.
The total price per year per house is approx. DKK 50.000 / € 7.000