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
Esperence means hope. It is also the name of this two-year-old girl, who needs hope more than anything else. She was born in the midst of turmoil. Neither the government nor her parents, who were constantly arguing among themselves,were able to protect her. In the end, her parents parted ways. Cutting himself off from his past, her father went to Uganda, while her mother completely underestimated what it takes to raise a child on her own and instead focused on rebuilding her life. Esperence was taken in by her grandma who wanted to protect her from yet another tragedy.
Her desire to help Esperence was not, however, enough. Lacking the means to feed her, she noticed Esperence becoming weaker. When her condition became critical, someone recommended she take a trip to Ntamugenga. How does this story end? Thanks to you – with a happy ending, of course! We admitted Esperence at the last minute with severe malnutrition and first signs of malaria that led to her anemia (her hgb levels were at 3 even though they should have been at least at 10). Upon her arrival, our staff took swift action. We gave her a blood transfusion, medicine, and put her on oxygen. The following weeks were spent on strengthening her body through drips and therapeutic milk. Today, for the first time, Esperence managed to stand on her own two feet. It will take a while for her to start smiling and playing again but we know what to do, so we’re confident that we’ll eventually help Esperence regain her joy in addition to her health. We will continue to support her and her grandmother to prevent a situation like this from happening in the future.
This is how one of Good Factory’s most important projects works. The Life Investment saves over 1,000 children in similar conditions each year. Whether you decide to buy shares worth 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200 PLN you can be sure that this will be the best way to invest your money. Your support will help save the lives of the most vulnerable children, feed them and get rid of their hunger, and make them smile again. Finally – you will help them regain their childhoods.