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Championing children in the midst of chaos

Training church and school leaders is a key element of LVLE’s strategy.

Goma is hard ground. Deprivation is widespread. The whole region has been dogged by conflict for decades. And the UN has labelled the area, ‘the rape capital of the world’.

In the midst of violence and poverty, 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, training schools and churches in children’s rights and child protection. More than 60 pastors and more than 40 school leaders have now received this training.

Slowly, attitudes towards children are changing. Children are being encouraged to speak out against abuse. Churches and schools alike are creating and implementing child protection policies. Goma is becoming a place where young lives can flourish.

LVLE is also developing its 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.