ASSIDA Orphan Project
The project aims at assisting vulnerable children, specifically orphans, with the costs of schooling, nutrition and medical expenses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Note: An orphan is defined as a child whose parents are dead.This project commenced in 2015 when ASSIDA`s CEO Mr Theophile Elongo, visited rural and urban areas of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He found many children on the streets in urban areas and in villages he found many at home during the school times. He decided to approach some children and adults to find out what were the reasons behind this. The answer given was that this is a consequence of the ongoing Congo war of 1996 – 2015 which seriously affected the lives of the population and particularly women and children. Children are in desperate need of assistance so that they can go to school and improve their health.
In various Congolese rural and urban areas there are many orphaned children whose parents died prematurely due to war and illnesses such as
HIV/AIDS and Malaria. In addition, many children are carers for their parents who suffer from mental health issues or disabilities. According to
government and non–government agencies working in these areas the children receive very limited assistance which is insufficient for their
needs. Some of these are cared for by relatives, who often cannot afford to meet their educational and health care needs. Some are cared for by
guardians who are often elderly grandparents, surviving by subsistence farming. Consequently, the costs involved in education, health and
nutrition are rarely achievable. Many of these children are found in the streets and are exposed to exploitation.
Currently, ASSIDA do not run an Orphanage centre. The children we support live with their extended families in different villages and citiesin the
eastern part ofDRC includingKilembwe, Kazimia, Fizi, Baraka,
Mboko, Uvira, Kamanyola, Bukavu, Indji, Goma, Walungu and
Rusthuru. We believe that it is extremely important for children to grow
up surrounded by their extended family members. It is ASSIDA’s goal
to provide funds for education, food and medical expenses for these
children and their extended families. We also take on the
responsibility to restore hope in street children.
The aim of the program is to give children a basic level of support
through whichever educational route they choose, whether this be
school, technical college, or an apprenticeship, enabling them to fulfill
their personal aspirations. Where a child is supported through an
apprenticeship to learn a trade they will be able to reciprocate and pass on their skills to other children in the program.
More specifically, ASSIDA hopes to provide all the children registered for Orphanage ASSIDA Congo Project (OACD) with:
· School fees, textbooks, uniforms, shoes and apprenticeship
· Health care including transport, hospital costs and medication
· HIV/AIDS tests
· Nutrition to those who are in most desperate need.
We assist families to keep documentation for each child including their
birth certificate, school certificate, and government identification
Children registered under ASSIDA Congo Orphanage Project also
benefit from material donations from volunteers. Recent donations
include clothes, art materials, toys, etc. All our work is possible
because of the donations and the support from other projects we are
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
If you are interested in contributing to this project, ASSIDA has two main ways to help. One way is through a donation. Donations are voluntary
and you can decide on the amount you want to give and how long you would like to sponsor a child. Your support of $ 120 can cover a child
education and health check for a year.
However, any contributions are welcome!
Another way to help consists in directly sponsoring a child. If this is
what you would like to do, please contact us on (+61) 470 614 536 or
send us an email at: email@example.com Soon you
committed to support a child; ASSIDA will be under the obligation to
keep you informed about the child you are sponsoring, and we will
report to you the education and health progress of the child you are
ASSIDA will also act as an intermediary between you and the
sponsored child. If the sponsor wants to get in touch with the
sponsored child, he or she can send letters or any materials to
ASSIDA. The Project Manager will forward you any letter that the child
may write to you.
HOW TO START SPONSORING A CHILD
WE NEED A CAPABLE VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER!
ASSIDA is looking for a volunteer to oversee and manage ASSIDA
Orphelin Project locally and internationally. Please contact us by email
if you wish to assist us ( email firstname.lastname@example.org)
ASSIDA currently strives to assist 52 orphans and destitute children.
However, it has ambitious plans to enhance its sponsorship program.
The successful volunteer will be required to work as an officer of
ASSIDA and it would be helpful if the person can visit the Democratic
Republic of Congo once per year preferably at the end of each
financial year. However, this is not essential.