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Championing children in the midst of chaos

Jean-Paul (L) and Paluku, one of his staff

Jean-Paul (L) and Paluku, one of his staff

Goma in DR Congo is considered one of the harshest places on the planet for children. Over decades of conflict, the Congolese army and rebel groups terrorised the local population, forcing thousands of families into UN displacement camps which still ring the city. In just a few weeks, as 2011 gave way to 2012, the city’s population swelled from 400,000 to 1.1 million. This massive influx of refugees exacerbated already chronic poverty, caused by political instability, corruption and a woeful lack of infrastructure.

In the midst of this upheaval and deprivation, Laissez Vivre les Enfants (Let Children Live, known as LVLE) is at work. Rev Jean-Paul Aruna and his team champion God’s heart for children, encouraging schools and churches to draw up and implement child protection policies and to set up discussion groups to support children and parents. They are also beginning to develop work with street-living children in Goma, providing consistent and sustained support to a group of 30 youngsters. Their aim is to get the children off the streets and back into families.

Rev Jean-Paul tells us: ‘For me, working with children and supporting them is my passion. I thank God for the opportunity to do this!’

How your money will be used

Your donation will go towards direct support for street-living children, and training in child protection for schools and churches.