Thank you so much for praying for Carolyn during her visit to LVLE, our partner in Goma, DR Congo. As Carolyn puts it: ‘Godâ€™s fingerprints were all over this trip, long before I actually arrived.’
Even securing a visa to DRC was a minor miracle in itself and, after arriving in Goma, there was plenty going on to encourage Carolyn hugely.
Child protection training
It became clear that the LVLE team had done an excellent job of conveying the concepts and justifications for child protection to local schools and churches during previous trainings. Carolyn facilitated a training session,Â aiming to help the participants to put what they had learnt into practice and to start to build upon it. There were some excellent practical outcomes, including creating and applying child protection policies, and exploring how to equip children to report abuse.
The Heart of the Matter
The pilot of ‘The Heart of the Matter’ – a resource addressing child witch accusations –Â took place in Goma just over a year ago, soÂ a training event now offeredÂ a wonderful opportunity to find out what had happened over that year. Carolyn went through a summary of each module of ‘The Heart of the Matter’Â with the participants, whoÂ remembered it clearly and in detail.
The participants shared wonderful stories of how attitudes towards children in their communities are being transformed, and made detailed suggestions for the next steps in addressing child witch accusations. There was a real sense of momentum at the end of the meeting. What’s more, a very positive meeting with the Bishop of Goma a few daysÂ later has presentedÂ an opportunity for Jean-Paul to train the 55 Anglican church leaders in Goma, in ‘The Heart of the Matter.’
Review and planning
Carolyn’s visit also included a review of LVLE’s work, resulting in specific recommendations to help the team develop their training programme for church and school leaders, and their support for street-living children.
Find out more here about how LVLE is championing children’s rights in an environment where abuse is rife.