Because a child is not a statistic

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second largest country of Africa, full of paradoxes. On one hand, it is rich in natural resources (including cobalt, copper, coltan, crude oil, diamonds, gold); on the other hand, its inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. For decades, the DRC has been suffering from prolonged conflicts that have led to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world.

  • 15,6 million people – 18% of the population suffer from hunger
  • 3,4 million children under 5 years are acutely malnourished
  • 41,8% million children under 5 years are stunted
  • 63,2% of children below 5 years of age and 41% of women  15-49 years are anemic
In 2022, we have saved approximately


people from starvation
We take in at least


children a week in our nutrition center


We are not here to keep telling you that a person dies of starvation every four seconds. That 75,000 children a year die in Africa from tuberculosis, which often goes hand in hand with malnutrition.

You know this.

We want to tell you that yesterday Julienne, who at the age of 2 weighs only 6 kilograms, arrived at the nutrition centre. She urgently needs nutrition and treatment for malaria. If we get down to this work together, her mother, exiled from her home by the war, will keep the only family she has at the moment. Her Julienne will not become just another statistic that has no name, no favourite toy and no dream of what she wants to be when she grows up.

Because a child is not a statistic. It is a little human being who trips over a branch and at the same time dreams of outer space, and we will do everything we can to help them in those dreams. A meal is the first step.

There is a war going on around Ntamugenga, where our nutrition centre is located. It is no longer a conversation about how to educate parents, how to build farmland and raise animals together. Our centre is feeding children and families who have lost everything under a hail of bullets and mortars. It’s a conversation about not turning your face away from those in need.

We are here with you because war is an evil that we can only right with good. Not by getting angry at the situation or cursing either side of the conflict. On this International Day of the African Child, in this little part of the world, we can produce a lot of good – for Julienne and the 80 or so other kids we took in last week. Just one therapeutic meal is enough to save a child’s life.

Help a little girl utter her first sentence

Speech therapy for Gisele

Gisele's mother has not been able to find the reason why Gisele does not speak and experiences seizures during which she falls, becomes rigid and cries. Lack of money for diagnostics meant that she could only wait for the seizures to pass. We could not accept such powerlessness.

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We already have :
498 EUR
We need:
1,561 EUR
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