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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 Congo.

Ndekesha Orphanage

Ndekesha Orphanage

Ndekesha Orphans
In 1952, the Sisters of Charity founded the Ndekesha Orphanage and under their care did very good work until 1998 when the orphanage was forced to close due a number of wars. In 2002 Archbishop Emery Kabongo reopened the orphanage and staffed it with the Sisters of the Friends of Christ. Archbishop Kabongo was also orphaned at ten years-old. The Ndekesha Orphanage is home to abandoned children from infants to teenagers. Two of the smallest orphans (newborn twins) were found by the Sisters. The babies were left in the street abandoned after they began to have difficulty breathing.

The facilities were in terrible condition due to the war. However in 2003, Pope John Paul II recalled Archbishop Emery Kabongo to the Vatican and appointed him as Canon to St. Peter’s Basilica.

For the past number of years, Archbishop Kabongo has supported the nuns in their care of the orphans but has been unsuccessful in getting a proper facility for these children. 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. The good Archbishop realizes the possibility for these orphaned children just as he was once an orphan himself.

Ndekesha Orphans Ndekesha Orphanage 

Deacon Rick and Archbishop Emery
Deacon Rick and Archbishop Kabongo

 

Abandoned Orphans

Ndekesha Orphans sleeping five to a bedThe 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, however 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 the Archbishop Kabongo because he is 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 are struggling 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 to eat. 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 in number, but there is simply no funds for food, medicine, or any other basic necessities. The 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 she ran to check on the girls. Finding them safe from an intruder Sister Beatrice did find one of the oldest girls hot with a fever. Thankful there was not an intruder 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 to help us furnish the orphanage, once 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

Abiding Hope

Support the Ndekesha Children todayWith proper planning and assistance from generous donors like you, there is hope for these orphans. The first thing to take care of is to alleviate malnutrition. Proper education is only possible once basic needs are met.

Aside from Archbishop Kabongo, we met two more former orphans who were given a fighting chance. Charles Mukubay has graduated with a degree in Economics through the generosity of lots of people. Father Tumba would not have been a priest without the same opportunity. 


The immediate need is simple: funding for food and medicine, and additional beds for the children to sleep in.

The short-term goal but very critical need is to construct a simple building with facilities such as a proper kitchen, dining room with tables and chairs, play room, and study room for the children. They also need running water and a proper bathroom.

The longer term goal is expansion of the building to provide accommodation for more orphans.

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

Ndekesha Orphanage

Ndekesha Orphans
In 1952, the Sisters of Charity founded the Ndekesha Orphanage and under their care did very good work until 1998 when the orphanage was forced to close due a number of wars. In 2002 Archbishop Emery Kabongo reopened the orphanage and staffed it with the Sisters of the Friends of Christ. Archbishop Kabongo was also orphaned at ten years-old. The Ndekesha Orphanage is home to abandoned children from infants to teenagers. Two of the smallest orphans (newborn twins) were found by the Sisters. The babies were left in the street abandoned after they began to have difficulty breathing.

The facilities were in terrible condition due to the war. However in 2003, Pope John Paul II recalled Archbishop Emery Kabongo to the Vatican and appointed him as Canon to St. Peter’s Basilica.

For the past number of years, Archbishop Kabongo has supported the nuns in their care of the orphans but has been unsuccessful in getting a proper facility for these children. 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. The good Archbishop realizes the possibility for these orphaned children just as he was once an orphan himself.

Ndekesha Orphans Ndekesha Orphanage 

Deacon Rick and Archbishop Emery
Deacon Rick and Archbishop Kabongo

 

Abandoned Orphans

Ndekesha Orphans sleeping five to a bedThe 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, however 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 the Archbishop Kabongo because he is 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 are struggling 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 to eat. 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 in number, but there is simply no funds for food, medicine, or any other basic necessities. The 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 she ran to check on the girls. Finding them safe from an intruder Sister Beatrice did find one of the oldest girls hot with a fever. Thankful there was not an intruder 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 to help us furnish the orphanage, once 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

Abiding Hope

Support the Ndekesha Children todayWith proper planning and assistance from generous donors like you, there is hope for these orphans. The first thing to take care of is to alleviate malnutrition. Proper education is only possible once basic needs are met.

Aside from Archbishop Kabongo, we met two more former orphans who were given a fighting chance. Charles Mukubay has graduated with a degree in Economics through the generosity of lots of people. Father Tumba would not have been a priest without the same opportunity. 


The immediate need is simple: funding for food and medicine, and additional beds for the children to sleep in.

The short-term goal but very critical need is to construct a simple building with facilities such as a proper kitchen, dining room with tables and chairs, play room, and study room for the children. They also need running water and a proper bathroom.

The longer term goal is expansion of the building to provide accommodation for more orphans.

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

Ndekesha Orphanage Updates

Update: April 2017

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, they have been sent to surrounding homes and families that will be better able to keep them safe until the orphan children can return home. Sister Beatrice explains what the situation is for the poor orphans in DR Congo right now.

“…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.”

– Sister Beatrice

Ide with an Ndekesha orphan - DR CongoIde's Trip to DR Congo

In August 2016, Ide traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to visit Ndekesha and check in on the orphans. Her trip was a whirlwind and brought her home to the smiles of children who knew she carried love from Catholic World Mission with her. Ide brought vestments to the local priests who were without; she helped carry rocks from the river for the orphanage; and ultimately showered the Ndekesha orphans with love. Ide was sure happy to see the progress of the orphanage as well.

The orphans were ecstatic to see Catholic World Mission’s missionary Ide. Together they celebrated the consecration of three new sisters who took the vows of the Sisters of the Friends of Christ. 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.

2017 marks the 100th year of Christianity in the Ndekesha village. 90% of the community is Christian and the celebration will be huge! The Catholic World Mission team is praying for the Holy Spirit to be ignited as they celebrate 100 years of Christianity in Ndekesha!

Orphan children - DR Congo
Ide with baby Ide - DR Congo
Ide with the orphan children - DR Congo
Fr. Donacien giving a blessing to an orphan - DR Congo
Ndekesha locals take part in bringing rocks up for the elementary school for the orphans - DR Congo
Locals carry stones for the elementary school for the orphan children - DR Congo
Locals carry stones for the elementary school for the orphan children - DR Congo
Vestments for the local priests in Ndekesha - DR Congo
Vestments for the local priests in Ndekesha - DR Congo
Thank you from the Ndekesha orphans - DR Congo
Thank you from the Ndekesha orphans - DR Congo
Thank you from the Ndekesha orphans & Ide - DR Congo
Caregivers for the Ndekesha orphans pictured with Ide and Fr. Donacien - DR Congo
Sisters taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
Sisters taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
Ceremony for taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
Ceremony for taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
The sisters who just professed their vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo

Sister Beatrice stands before the orphanage under construction - DR CognoConstruction Under Way!

In January, the orphans saw the beginning of their Orphanage’s construction. The foundation of the orphanage is complete, and today the walls of the orphanage are halfway up! The children are also putting on weight now that they are consistently being fed three substantial meals a day. Seeing the foundation of this building was the beginning of a dream come true for the children. A building with running water, electricity, and beds is unlike anything they have experienced before. The Sisters of the Ndekesha Orphanage feel indebted to this unprecedented gift to these orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Your generosity has brought so much hope to them! It is so important we can be consistent in our support of these orphans. Having been abandoned by their families they suffer deep emotional wounds. Having the security of a safe structure over their heads, a daily, healthy meal to eat, and their own place to rest their head at night will help heal their broken hearts. With your continued support we will be able to provide meals, beds, mattresses, cribs, and high chairs for the children. Will you help making a lasting impression on these orphan’s hearts today?

Sisters of the Friends of Christ feeding the Ndekesha Orphans - DR Congo Ndekesha Orphans helping build their orphanage! - DR Congo

See photos of the construction here: 

The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
Sister Beatrice feeding one of the twins - DR Congo
The Sisters stand with the orphans on the site of their new home - DR Congo
The sisters collect water for the day and store it in a bathtub - DR Congo
The sisters care for the orphans providing nutritious meals - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
Local workers building the orphanage - DR Congo
The children break for some fun photos during construction - DR Congo
The children break for some fun photos during construction - DR Congo
Local workers building the orphanage - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
The sisters and the locals joining the build - DR Congo

Norbert & Ricardo

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 made the extremely difficult decision to abandon their children in a field. Thanks be to God the two were found by the Sisters of the Friends of Christ and have fully recovered. 

DR Congo Twins Twins DR Congo DR Congo Twins

Food for the Hungry!

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.

 Congo children receiving food Congo Orphans getting food

Update: April 2017

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, they have been sent to surrounding homes and families that will be better able to keep them safe until the orphan children can return home. Sister Beatrice explains what the situation is for the poor orphans in DR Congo right now.

“…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.”

– Sister Beatrice

Ide with an Ndekesha orphan - DR CongoIde's Trip to DR Congo

In August 2016, Ide traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to visit Ndekesha and check in on the orphans. Her trip was a whirlwind and brought her home to the smiles of children who knew she carried love from Catholic World Mission with her. Ide brought vestments to the local priests who were without; she helped carry rocks from the river for the orphanage; and ultimately showered the Ndekesha orphans with love. Ide was sure happy to see the progress of the orphanage as well.

The orphans were ecstatic to see Catholic World Mission’s missionary Ide. Together they celebrated the consecration of three new sisters who took the vows of the Sisters of the Friends of Christ. 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.

2017 marks the 100th year of Christianity in the Ndekesha village. 90% of the community is Christian and the celebration will be huge! The Catholic World Mission team is praying for the Holy Spirit to be ignited as they celebrate 100 years of Christianity in Ndekesha!

Orphan children - DR Congo
Ide with baby Ide - DR Congo
Ide with the orphan children - DR Congo
Fr. Donacien giving a blessing to an orphan - DR Congo
Ndekesha locals take part in bringing rocks up for the elementary school for the orphans - DR Congo
Locals carry stones for the elementary school for the orphan children - DR Congo
Locals carry stones for the elementary school for the orphan children - DR Congo
Vestments for the local priests in Ndekesha - DR Congo
Vestments for the local priests in Ndekesha - DR Congo
Thank you from the Ndekesha orphans - DR Congo
Thank you from the Ndekesha orphans - DR Congo
Thank you from the Ndekesha orphans & Ide - DR Congo
Caregivers for the Ndekesha orphans pictured with Ide and Fr. Donacien - DR Congo
Sisters taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
Sisters taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
Ceremony for taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
Ceremony for taking vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo
The sisters who just professed their vows for the Sisters of the Friends of Christ - DR Congo

Sister Beatrice stands before the orphanage under construction - DR CognoConstruction Under Way!

In January, the orphans saw the beginning of their Orphanage’s construction. The foundation of the orphanage is complete, and today the walls of the orphanage are halfway up! The children are also putting on weight now that they are consistently being fed three substantial meals a day. Seeing the foundation of this building was the beginning of a dream come true for the children. A building with running water, electricity, and beds is unlike anything they have experienced before. The Sisters of the Ndekesha Orphanage feel indebted to this unprecedented gift to these orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Your generosity has brought so much hope to them! It is so important we can be consistent in our support of these orphans. Having been abandoned by their families they suffer deep emotional wounds. Having the security of a safe structure over their heads, a daily, healthy meal to eat, and their own place to rest their head at night will help heal their broken hearts. With your continued support we will be able to provide meals, beds, mattresses, cribs, and high chairs for the children. Will you help making a lasting impression on these orphan’s hearts today?

Sisters of the Friends of Christ feeding the Ndekesha Orphans - DR Congo Ndekesha Orphans helping build their orphanage! - DR Congo

See photos of the construction here: 

The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
The construction of the orphanage begins in DR Congo!
Sister Beatrice feeding one of the twins - DR Congo
The Sisters stand with the orphans on the site of their new home - DR Congo
The sisters collect water for the day and store it in a bathtub - DR Congo
The sisters care for the orphans providing nutritious meals - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
Local workers building the orphanage - DR Congo
The children break for some fun photos during construction - DR Congo
The children break for some fun photos during construction - DR Congo
Local workers building the orphanage - DR Congo
The walls of the orphanage coming up - DR Congo
The sisters and the locals joining the build - DR Congo

Norbert & Ricardo

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 made the extremely difficult decision to abandon their children in a field. Thanks be to God the two were found by the Sisters of the Friends of Christ and have fully recovered. 

DR Congo Twins Twins DR Congo DR Congo Twins

Food for the Hungry!

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.

 Congo children receiving food Congo Orphans getting food

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