Gideon is discovering that people can be good

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 2023, we have saved approximately


people from starvation
We take in at least


children a week in our nutrition center


The bang of the dropped box makes the four-year-old freeze and with big eyes he stares at his mother holding him, as if reassuring himself that she is still here. That they are alive.

There has been a lot of talk about trauma recently. We in Poland are, in a way, re-learning about the trauma of war, even though we thought it might be a closed chapter of history. For the Democratic Republic of Congo, the civil war is a wound that refuses to heal. There are no breaks here from explosions and shelling. The conflict only changes the place. And it forever changes something in the people, especially the smallest ones.

The adults’ trauma hurts, but the children’s trauma is heartbreaking. The fear of explosions first made Gideon cry. Later, panic and the worst thoughts when his mum didn’t return from the field for a long time. And when the fear was greater than all other emotions, the ultimate defence mechanism came into play – cutting himself off from this scary world. Gedeon stopped eating.

The pleas of his loving parents did not help. It was impossible to function normally in a world where going out to the field to get food was risking being shelled, and where every meal could be the last. When the toddler started to lose weight, the parents did their best to reach Ntamugenga – our nutrition centre. The only one of its kind in the area.

Feeding the child is only the beginning of the difficult task of rebuilding even a fraction of a sense of security. Gedeon is discovering that people can be good. Reality becomes bearable again, at least enough for him to eat therapeutic meals with relish and slowly gain weight. Will you give him a cup of such a meal today?

Urgent Help Needed

Save the Pharmacy for the Poorest in Togo

This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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We already have :
3,420 EUR
We need:
6,667 EUR