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
Hunger leads to debilitating disease, which first and foremost takes away one’s will to seek help.
When talking about our feeding center in Ntamugenga, Sister Agnieszka always points out one thing. Whenever she enters the room, where children are waiting for a meal, even though there are several dozen young ones, the room is completely silent. Hungry children don’t have the energy to run around, have fun and play with their peers, even if there are toys next to them. Hunger robs them of their childhood but we are one on a mission to restore it, thanks to your help. Each year, we save more than 1,000 children from starvation.
The treatment’s effects are visible every step of the way. Each subsequent portion of therapeutic milk serves as medicine, each subsequent day under the supervision of our specialists restores their strength. We’re at our happiest when the facility gets loud, full of life, when the children start playing with toys, laughing and having fun with their peers.
Help us fill the corridors of Ntamugenga with the sounds of joy! High Five! us today, or set up regular donations to help us put smiles on the faces of our proteges!
Have a great day!