We live in a land of plenty – we want for very little. This is not the case everywhere. In some areas, like the Congo, basic amenities are needed more than we realise. Imagine living without government support – this means no Unemployment Insurance, no Pension plan, no Welfare cheque, not even electricity or clean running water, most of the time, and for those affected by these circumstances, hunger and starvation is often an end result. There is no funded health care, if you cannot pay, you do not get treated.
So if we share our good fortune with those in need, we can all work together to make the world a better place. There is a phrase “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We have challenged the orphanage leadership to come up with a plan on how they can use their God-given gifts to not only support themselves, but also impact those around them, especially so many widows who barely have enough food for their families.
Fresh produce is hard to come by in eastern DRC, and Hosea, who has a degree in agriculture, has started building vegetable beds in the orphanage compound. Hosea is also teaching widows in the area how to cultivate their own vegetables to help feed their children. He is now experimenting with Canadian pumpkin seeds, and by all accounts, the pumpkin is adapting well to the tropical conditions.
Charlotte (see profile below), an amazing lady who is responsible for children’s health, personal records and school support, is also good at making natural soap. She has recently held a morning session to teach 9 widows from the area how to save money by making home-made soap. Some of the women will sell small quantities of soap to neighbours to generate a very small income.
Where it All Started: Please Watch This 5-minute Video
Staff Profile: Charlotte Kadorho
Born in Kadutu Bukavu, DRC, Charlotte is the daughter of a former DRC government employee and an alcoholic mother. Her mother died when she was 9 years old. She was very fortunate to go to university and received an education in Chemistry, which helped her find jobs with two American organizations in DRC. After 6 years, she started working in a Secondary school in Uvira. This is where she met her husband.
After 4 years of marriage, her husband started drinking and wasting the family’s money on prostitutes. Charlotte and her 2 children suffered a miserable life as her husband, even though he had a high level of Education, followed such a destructive lifestyle. Charlotte continued to pray for him, and although he returned to his family for 6 years, he went back to his old ways and permanently disappeared out of their lives.
Charlotte dealt with the pain of the broken marriage by devoting her life to building relationship with abandoned children in the area. She would feed them and teach them to read and write for a couple hours a day. She met Mary, the orphanage Director’s wife, while volunteering in Uvira town. They became friends and Charlotte agreed to serve at Grace Ministries Orphanage as administrator of the children’s records, medications and schooling. She has been serving at the orphanage for the last 2 years, and is a mother to these kids.
OMARI RAMAZANI: This cheerful young boy was born in Mushero village in the Uvira district, but has also witnessed terrible tragedy. Omari’s village was attacked by rebels and Omari and his parents fled into the bush to hide. Unfortunately they were eventually found. His father was taken away and never seen again. His mother, along with two other women from the village, were raped and beaten so severely that within days she died. At six years of age with no one to care for him, Omari lived alone in appalling conditions on the streets of Uvira. Four years ago he was taken into the care of Grace Ministries. He wishes to help others as he plans to become a doctor.
NOELA GERMENE: Born in Muranvia, Noela was just 3 years old when her father, along with several other men of the village were captured by rebels. They later heard that 3 men had died while being taken to the rebel camp, and that her father was one of the men killed. As if this wasn’t enough, Noela’s mother died from cancer and she was left in the care of her elderly grandfather who also died. Noela was then taken into the care of Grace Ministries Orphanage. Noela is studying hard in grade 4 and her vision is to become a nurse when she grows up.
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