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Democratic Republic of Congo

Population: 79,375,136
Percent Below Poverty Line: 63%

Revitalizing an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo may be the last hope for these children. Having been faced with death throughout their young lives, these children need hope, now more than ever. They have been living out of a war-damaged orphanage and they are hungry.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about the orphaned children in DR Congo.

Ndekesha Orphanage

Ndekesha Orphanage

Ndekesha Orphans

Ndekesha Orphanage was started by the Sisters of Charity in 1952. For 46 years, the Sisters of Charity raised many children and did vital work through their ministry at Ndekesha Orphanage. Due to war and increased fighting, the orphanage was closed in 1998.

In 2002 Archbishop Emery Kabongo reopened the orphanage and staffed it with a new order--the Sisters of the Friends of Christ. The facilities were in terrible condition due to the war. With the continued support of the archbishop, the sisters, led by their superior, Sister Beatrice, have been advocates and mothers to many, many children over the last 15 years. Despite their dedication and perseverance, the Sisters of the Friends of Christ and Archbishop Kabongo were unable to get a proper facility for the children, and were without the resources to feed the children nutritious meals.

In 2015, Archbishop Kabongo met with Deacon Rick Medina of Catholic World Mission and personally requested the assistance of Catholic World Mission to help him realize the dream of proper care and education for these orphaned children. This was a project near and dear to the archbishop's heart, because he was orphaned as a child himself.

Today, 19 orphans call Ndekesha Orphanage home. With the help of the generosity of Catholic World Mission donors, Ndekesha Orphanage has been rebuilt, given electricity and running water, and furnished. The children are thriving, and have gained healthy weight after finally receiving three meals every day. 

Ndekesha Orphans Ndekesha Orphanage 

Deacon Rick and Archbishop Emery
Deacon Rick and Archbishop Kabongo

 

Abandoned Orphans

Ndekesha Orphans sleeping five to a bed

The orphanage was created because many children are abandoned by their families, especially if the mother dies during child birth. Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seen as an economic burden, but the Sisters of the Friends of Christ know the children are a gift and truly cherish them.

Every child at the orphanage is given the last name "Kabongo" after Archbishop Kabongo. Under his leadership, the orphanage was reopened in 2002, and he has become the spiritual father to all the children. The orphanage provides a place for the children to grow, learn, and be children in a country with much economic turmoil. The sisters at the orphanage wish they could take in as many children as possible, but their needs are great as it is, and they struggle to provide for the children they care for now.

Ndekesha Orphans  Sister Ide with baby at Ndekesha Orphanage

Below see photos of the orphans at Ndekesha:

Agnes Mbuyi - Ndekesha Orphan
Emery Kabongo - Ndekesha Orphan
Gauthier Ntumba - Ndekesha Orphan
Ide Techikame - Ndekesha Orphan
Innocent Ditona - Ndekesha Orphan
Jeanne Ngalula - Ndekesha Orphan
Kaluka Bernard - Ndekesha Orphan
Meta Marie - Ndekesha Orphan
Mulumba Pierre - Ndekesha Orphan
Pierre Tshitoko - Ndekesha Orphan
Solotshi Adolphe - Ndekesha Orphan
Therese Ntuma - Ndekesha Orphan
Tshiamala Come -Ndekesha Orphan
Tshisekedi Emile - Ndekesha Orphan
Twins Norbert and Ricardo - Ndekesha Orphans
The Ndekesha Orphans sleep 5 to a bed - DR Congo
The Ndekesha Orphans sleep 5 to a bed - DR Congo

Crumbling building

Ndekesha Orphanage in Ruins

Ndekesha Orphanage is currently in a run-down building with nothing but cracked walls. There are 16 children under the care of the Sisters of the Friends of Christ, many of them malnourished from lack of food. There is no kitchen, bathroom, or any other basic necessities. There are two beds in the orphanage where 5 children sleep sideways in each.  The rest of the children sleep on the floor. The number of orphans the sisters could care for can easily quadruple, but there are simply no funds for food, medicine, or any other basic necessities. Their biggest need is to build a safe orphanage for the children to live.

One night at 3 AM Sister Beatrice woke to hear the children crying. Imagining her worst fear--an intruder hurting the children--she ran to check on the girls.  There was no intruder, but one of the oldest girls hot with a fever. Sister Beatrice took the girl to the hospital where she was diagnosed with major depression.

The children have all been subject to devastating trauma through their abandonment and through the hard lives they live in a shelter with no security. 

 

 

War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha OrphanageWar damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage

Thanks to the generous donations of major benefactors the war-damaged orphanage is being rebuilt! We look to generous donors like you to help us furnish the orphanage, once it's rebuilt, with basic furnishings such as bunk beds, cribs, a full kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and a play room. See the blueprints of the plans here.

Ndekesha Orphanage Blueprint Outside

April/May 2017:

A terrible civil war is racking the country. It is no longer safe for the children and the sisters to remain in the Ndekesha Orphanage in the DR Congo.

Due to the terrible civil war racking the country, it is unsafe for the children to be gathered together in the orphanage. The orphanage creates too large of a target to keep the children protected. Because of this, the children and the sisters had to leave the orphanage and run to a safer location 75 miles away. sisters and children

17 religious sisters and 19 children walked 120 km (75 miles) for their safety. Traveling in smaller groups, it took 3 days for some and 10 days for others to reach safety in the city of Kananga. Some of the sisters had to carry the little children during this arduous and very dangerous journey. Many of the children and even some of the sisters are sick from the long journey.

Sister Beatrice explains, "we had a bad time of total insecurity here in Kananga. When we entered the Ndekesha – Kananga road, we fell into the hands of the militia.

"We were in the car of the Luebo commissary, accompanied by the bursar of Luebo, the leader of the Luebo cartis, two doctors, and my censors. The latter kept us for more than 4 hours in the forest 45 km [28 miles] from Ndekesha. By the grace of God, we were released… …May God Almighty assist you in everything you do for the survival of our orphaned children of Ndekesha."

After traveling on foot for days in the jungle, the children and sisters of the Ndekesha orphanage have finally arrived safely. Though there were many trials along the way – the group getting separated; children walking for days – we thank God and praise him for the safe arrival of the children at Kananga, where they will be safe during the terrible civil war that is wrecking their home.

Although many of the children are sick with fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and headache, we are thankful they were able to make the arduous journey to their new temporary home. It is surely through your support that the children were strong enough for this difficult time.

Currently the 17 sisters and 19 children are all staying in a one bedroom home, packed like sardines.

“Life in Kananga is impossible. We left everything in the orphanage. We are in the city, we have no place to stay, we have no food. Orphans do not have enough to eat and diseases are adding. I witness them (the children) losing weight day after day. I beg you to help us!” -- Letter from Sister Beatrice

Orphans on the run Orphans on the run sisters and orphans

Catholic World Mission’s commitment and call to fast action:

We sent immediate support for food and medicine to alleviate the most pressing need but it is not enough. With your support, we want to commit to the 17 sisters and 19 children monthly support for food and medicine at least through December. Sister Beatrice knows they can’t go back to the orphanage for months.

These children and sisters need your help!

For as little as 46 cents we can support 1 child by giving them 3 meals per day. $14 supports one child or sister for the entire month. $500 supports all 36 sisters and children for the entire month. You can also assist us in providing temporary shelter to accommodate all the orphaned children and sisters caring for them.

Sister Beatrice is looking at a 3-bedroom apartment to rent. A generous local gave land to the sisters to build a more permanent home in the city but they need funding to build. Sister Beatrice and the other sisters are praying for funds. Their dream is to build a 4-bedroom house with living room, playroom, and kitchen. Your assistance is urgently needed. Please give now, your donation in any amount will mean so much. May God bless you for assisting these poor children and sisters.

Give now to these children and sisters in desperate need!

Donate button

 

August 2016:

 Ide, our partner here in Atlanta, Georgia, traveled  to her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to visit Ndekesha and check in on the orphans. Her trip was a whirlwind. The orphans were ecstatic to see her. Ide brought vestments to the local priests who were without, she helped carry rocks from the river for the orphanage, and most importantly, she showered the children with love.  Together, they celebrated the consecration of three new sisters who made vows as members of their congregation. The children clapped and celebrated the joyous occasion. The sisters who made vows are happy to have finally vowed to love Jesus all their lives.

 

April 2016:

Construction is under way! Building began in January. The foundation is now complete, and the walls are halfway up. The children are gaining healthy weight now that they've been getting three healthy meals a day. Many of them have witnessed serious loss and traumas, but with a new, structurally sound home, and consistent, healthy meals, they have the hope of stability and love for their futures. Sr. Beatrice in front of the orphanage

 

July 2015:

Two newborns were abandoned close to the Ndekesha Orphanage around May 25, 2015. They were suffering from lung infections and their parents could not afford to take them to the hospital to receive proper care. They were found by the Sisters of the Friends of Christ, who named them Norbert and Ricardo. The babies have fully recovered, thanks to the love given to them by the sisters. 

DR Congo twins DR Congo twins  ​DRC twins

 

June 2015:

Thank you to all our generous donors who have helped to raise money for the Ndekesha Orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year! The sisters feel so blessed to be able to feed their children good meals of sardines, noodles, beans, and milk protein.

Thankful for food Thankful for food Thankful for food

Abiding Hope

Support the Ndekesha Children today

With the orphans and sisters now in Kananga, and there for at least six months, the immediate need is to provide food and shelter for them for the duration of their stay. For now, they are in a one-bedroom apartment with hopes of moving to a three-bedroom apartment soon. This isn't ideal for 36 people (19 children and 17 sisters), but will provide more space than they currently have. 

If they have to stay longer, or on a more permanent basis, Sr. Beatrice hopes to be able to build a small four-bedroom house. 

Give now to provide basic necessities to the Ndekesha orphans--food, medicine, and shelter!

Will you help provide for the basic needs of these orphans today?

Ndekesha Orphanage

Ndekesha Orphans

Ndekesha Orphanage was started by the Sisters of Charity in 1952. For 46 years, the Sisters of Charity raised many children and did vital work through their ministry at Ndekesha Orphanage. Due to war and increased fighting, the orphanage was closed in 1998.

In 2002 Archbishop Emery Kabongo reopened the orphanage and staffed it with a new order--the Sisters of the Friends of Christ. The facilities were in terrible condition due to the war. With the continued support of the archbishop, the sisters, led by their superior, Sister Beatrice, have been advocates and mothers to many, many children over the last 15 years. Despite their dedication and perseverance, the Sisters of the Friends of Christ and Archbishop Kabongo were unable to get a proper facility for the children, and were without the resources to feed the children nutritious meals.

In 2015, Archbishop Kabongo met with Deacon Rick Medina of Catholic World Mission and personally requested the assistance of Catholic World Mission to help him realize the dream of proper care and education for these orphaned children. This was a project near and dear to the archbishop's heart, because he was orphaned as a child himself.

Today, 19 orphans call Ndekesha Orphanage home. With the help of the generosity of Catholic World Mission donors, Ndekesha Orphanage has been rebuilt, given electricity and running water, and furnished. The children are thriving, and have gained healthy weight after finally receiving three meals every day. 

Ndekesha Orphans Ndekesha Orphanage 

Deacon Rick and Archbishop Emery
Deacon Rick and Archbishop Kabongo

 

Abandoned Orphans

Ndekesha Orphans sleeping five to a bed

The orphanage was created because many children are abandoned by their families, especially if the mother dies during child birth. Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seen as an economic burden, but the Sisters of the Friends of Christ know the children are a gift and truly cherish them.

Every child at the orphanage is given the last name "Kabongo" after Archbishop Kabongo. Under his leadership, the orphanage was reopened in 2002, and he has become the spiritual father to all the children. The orphanage provides a place for the children to grow, learn, and be children in a country with much economic turmoil. The sisters at the orphanage wish they could take in as many children as possible, but their needs are great as it is, and they struggle to provide for the children they care for now.

Ndekesha Orphans  Sister Ide with baby at Ndekesha Orphanage

Below see photos of the orphans at Ndekesha:

Agnes Mbuyi - Ndekesha Orphan
Emery Kabongo - Ndekesha Orphan
Gauthier Ntumba - Ndekesha Orphan
Ide Techikame - Ndekesha Orphan
Innocent Ditona - Ndekesha Orphan
Jeanne Ngalula - Ndekesha Orphan
Kaluka Bernard - Ndekesha Orphan
Meta Marie - Ndekesha Orphan
Mulumba Pierre - Ndekesha Orphan
Pierre Tshitoko - Ndekesha Orphan
Solotshi Adolphe - Ndekesha Orphan
Therese Ntuma - Ndekesha Orphan
Tshiamala Come -Ndekesha Orphan
Tshisekedi Emile - Ndekesha Orphan
Twins Norbert and Ricardo - Ndekesha Orphans
The Ndekesha Orphans sleep 5 to a bed - DR Congo
The Ndekesha Orphans sleep 5 to a bed - DR Congo

Crumbling building

Ndekesha Orphanage in Ruins

Ndekesha Orphanage is currently in a run-down building with nothing but cracked walls. There are 16 children under the care of the Sisters of the Friends of Christ, many of them malnourished from lack of food. There is no kitchen, bathroom, or any other basic necessities. There are two beds in the orphanage where 5 children sleep sideways in each.  The rest of the children sleep on the floor. The number of orphans the sisters could care for can easily quadruple, but there are simply no funds for food, medicine, or any other basic necessities. Their biggest need is to build a safe orphanage for the children to live.

One night at 3 AM Sister Beatrice woke to hear the children crying. Imagining her worst fear--an intruder hurting the children--she ran to check on the girls.  There was no intruder, but one of the oldest girls hot with a fever. Sister Beatrice took the girl to the hospital where she was diagnosed with major depression.

The children have all been subject to devastating trauma through their abandonment and through the hard lives they live in a shelter with no security. 

 

 

War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha OrphanageWar damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage War damaged Ndekesha Orphanage

Thanks to the generous donations of major benefactors the war-damaged orphanage is being rebuilt! We look to generous donors like you to help us furnish the orphanage, once it's rebuilt, with basic furnishings such as bunk beds, cribs, a full kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and a play room. See the blueprints of the plans here.

Ndekesha Orphanage Blueprint Outside

April/May 2017:

A terrible civil war is racking the country. It is no longer safe for the children and the sisters to remain in the Ndekesha Orphanage in the DR Congo.

Due to the terrible civil war racking the country, it is unsafe for the children to be gathered together in the orphanage. The orphanage creates too large of a target to keep the children protected. Because of this, the children and the sisters had to leave the orphanage and run to a safer location 75 miles away. sisters and children

17 religious sisters and 19 children walked 120 km (75 miles) for their safety. Traveling in smaller groups, it took 3 days for some and 10 days for others to reach safety in the city of Kananga. Some of the sisters had to carry the little children during this arduous and very dangerous journey. Many of the children and even some of the sisters are sick from the long journey.

Sister Beatrice explains, "we had a bad time of total insecurity here in Kananga. When we entered the Ndekesha – Kananga road, we fell into the hands of the militia.

"We were in the car of the Luebo commissary, accompanied by the bursar of Luebo, the leader of the Luebo cartis, two doctors, and my censors. The latter kept us for more than 4 hours in the forest 45 km [28 miles] from Ndekesha. By the grace of God, we were released… …May God Almighty assist you in everything you do for the survival of our orphaned children of Ndekesha."

After traveling on foot for days in the jungle, the children and sisters of the Ndekesha orphanage have finally arrived safely. Though there were many trials along the way – the group getting separated; children walking for days – we thank God and praise him for the safe arrival of the children at Kananga, where they will be safe during the terrible civil war that is wrecking their home.

Although many of the children are sick with fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and headache, we are thankful they were able to make the arduous journey to their new temporary home. It is surely through your support that the children were strong enough for this difficult time.

Currently the 17 sisters and 19 children are all staying in a one bedroom home, packed like sardines.

“Life in Kananga is impossible. We left everything in the orphanage. We are in the city, we have no place to stay, we have no food. Orphans do not have enough to eat and diseases are adding. I witness them (the children) losing weight day after day. I beg you to help us!” -- Letter from Sister Beatrice

Orphans on the run Orphans on the run sisters and orphans

Catholic World Mission’s commitment and call to fast action:

We sent immediate support for food and medicine to alleviate the most pressing need but it is not enough. With your support, we want to commit to the 17 sisters and 19 children monthly support for food and medicine at least through December. Sister Beatrice knows they can’t go back to the orphanage for months.

These children and sisters need your help!

For as little as 46 cents we can support 1 child by giving them 3 meals per day. $14 supports one child or sister for the entire month. $500 supports all 36 sisters and children for the entire month. You can also assist us in providing temporary shelter to accommodate all the orphaned children and sisters caring for them.

Sister Beatrice is looking at a 3-bedroom apartment to rent. A generous local gave land to the sisters to build a more permanent home in the city but they need funding to build. Sister Beatrice and the other sisters are praying for funds. Their dream is to build a 4-bedroom house with living room, playroom, and kitchen. Your assistance is urgently needed. Please give now, your donation in any amount will mean so much. May God bless you for assisting these poor children and sisters.

Give now to these children and sisters in desperate need!

Donate button

 

August 2016:

 Ide, our partner here in Atlanta, Georgia, traveled  to her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to visit Ndekesha and check in on the orphans. Her trip was a whirlwind. The orphans were ecstatic to see her. Ide brought vestments to the local priests who were without, she helped carry rocks from the river for the orphanage, and most importantly, she showered the children with love.  Together, they celebrated the consecration of three new sisters who made vows as members of their congregation. The children clapped and celebrated the joyous occasion. The sisters who made vows are happy to have finally vowed to love Jesus all their lives.

 

April 2016:

Construction is under way! Building began in January. The foundation is now complete, and the walls are halfway up. The children are gaining healthy weight now that they've been getting three healthy meals a day. Many of them have witnessed serious loss and traumas, but with a new, structurally sound home, and consistent, healthy meals, they have the hope of stability and love for their futures. Sr. Beatrice in front of the orphanage

 

July 2015:

Two newborns were abandoned close to the Ndekesha Orphanage around May 25, 2015. They were suffering from lung infections and their parents could not afford to take them to the hospital to receive proper care. They were found by the Sisters of the Friends of Christ, who named them Norbert and Ricardo. The babies have fully recovered, thanks to the love given to them by the sisters. 

DR Congo twins DR Congo twins  ​DRC twins

 

June 2015:

Thank you to all our generous donors who have helped to raise money for the Ndekesha Orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year! The sisters feel so blessed to be able to feed their children good meals of sardines, noodles, beans, and milk protein.

Thankful for food Thankful for food Thankful for food

Abiding Hope

Support the Ndekesha Children today

With the orphans and sisters now in Kananga, and there for at least six months, the immediate need is to provide food and shelter for them for the duration of their stay. For now, they are in a one-bedroom apartment with hopes of moving to a three-bedroom apartment soon. This isn't ideal for 36 people (19 children and 17 sisters), but will provide more space than they currently have. 

If they have to stay longer, or on a more permanent basis, Sr. Beatrice hopes to be able to build a small four-bedroom house. 

Give now to provide basic necessities to the Ndekesha orphans--food, medicine, and shelter!

Will you help provide for the basic needs of these orphans today?

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