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
We have already come a long way in helping! We know each other and we know that with you, any help to those in need is possible. We have one thing in common – we see people, not projects.
We would not have been able to save any of the more than 40,000 people during the year without you! None of our projects in 10 countries could be sustained without the financial support of our donors. Before we talk to you about our main challenges, we want to say – THANK YOU!
We are reviewing last month’s contributions. We would like to thank everyone individually.
Jacek from Radomsko donated PLN 10, Przemysław from Borowiec set up a standing order for the same amount. Katarzyna from Luzino started “high-fiving” us, and Marcin from Olsztyn and Jacek from Gliwice donate 100 PLN every month. This is only a fraction of the hundreds of payments from people who have responded to the needs of the people under our care. They want these people, just like us, not to fear that today they might be eating the last meal they can afford, that their child will not recover from hunger disease, that they will not receive their medication on time, or that due to climate change they will have to decide to abandon their homes and emigrate.
We are helpless in the face of the politics of social media platforms, which continue to reduce our reach, and also in the face of rising currency exchange rates. Out of responsibility for the people we promised to help, we need to do something about it, lest we face a dramatic decision – which projects need to be scaled down or closed? That is, which people do we need to look in the eye and tell that we can no longer fight for their health, lives and future?
It is time to tell you about this openly and to ask you to fight together for what we have been building here with you over the past years. For the patients of the only hospice in Rwanda and for the younger and older children of the nutrition centre in Congo, who were starving before they came to us. Let’s fight for the agricultural project in Burkina Faso that feeds the poorest people in Gourcy and responds to the fastest growing food crisis in the world. Let us work together to ensure that we do not fail to lend a hand to the Lebanese, whose country has become bankrupt, and to the victims of ethnic cleansing in Burma, who have been stranded for years in Bangladesh, living in the world’s largest refugee camp. Let us do everything to ensure that the residents of the camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can still get at least one hot meal a day, and that the homeless in Poland can be saved by the Warm Pack whenever there is extreme cold by the Vistula river. We send a total of around 275 000 PLN a month to all these places, not counting the medical supplies we buy and send from Poland.
In order to send as much support to all the projects as we have done so far before the end of February, we need to raise an additional 60,000 PLN by the 20th of February. We only have you and thousands of people like you. Help us to continue helping!