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Mwetu Don Bosco School House

Protection of children at risk

2016 till 2019
Mbuji Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Context

The Province of Kasai Oriental has long been marginalised, with its population considered to be the opposition. 75% of the population lives on less than $0.20 per day and life expectancy is 42 years. Medical services are inadequate and expensive, and schools cover less than 50% of the demand. In the city, less than 20% of the population has access to clean water and electricity.

Abandoned and street children are plentiful and their numbers are growing. Deprived of all protection and education, and subject to all forms of discrimination and exploitation, these children and young adults have no future other than that of delinquency. Many suffer disastrous consequences, including stigmatisation as “child witches”, drug trafficking, exploitation in diamond mines, prostitution, imprisonment, etc.

Beneficiaries

Street children in a situation of extreme vulnerability.

Most of them are orphans or suffer from an illness such as epilepsy and malnutrition. Others are twins or are albinos and are accused of witchcraft, abandoned on the streets, called “snakes” or “terrorists”.

Objective

L’objectif du Centre Muetu Don Bosco et de son projet de Maison Ecole est d’offrir un cadre éducatif aux enfants et aux jeunes victimes d’extrême pauvreté, privés de la possibilité d’exercer leur droit élémentaire à la santé, au logement et à l’éducation. Le cadre offert par la Maison Ecole du Centre Muetu Don Bosco (école primaire et secondaire et ateliers de formation professionnelle, service d’infirmerie, assistance psychosociale et logement) leur donne la possibilité de se réintégrer dans la société après avoir été pris en charge le temps nécessaire.

Results

In 2016-2017-2018, 240 children and young adults from the Maison Ecole Don Bosco Mbuji Mayi, and 120 semi-resident children and young adults were regularly supported with food, health care, hygiene products and school tools that enabled them to study and prepare their social reintegration.

In addition, the Foundation allowed the purchase of an X-ray machine and a microscope (+accessories and reagents) allowing a significant improvement in the care provided to the children and marginalized families of the city of Mbuji Mayi.

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