DRC

Championing children’s rights

Rev Jean-Paul Aruna and his team at Laissez Vivre Les Enfants (Let Children Live) do extraordinary work in supporting marginalised children. Goma, in eastern DR Congo, has widespread extreme poverty and deprivation of all sorts. So we’re excited to partner with LVLE, to support and resource them to take this work to the next level.

LVLE is engaged with 30 schools and 35 churches, and regularly trains even more, giving leaders input on child protection and children’s rights, and empowering them to create environments where children can thrive.

The training has had a huge impact on church leaders, in particular. As Jean-Paul explains: ‘Most of them had never had this kind of teaching and were hungry for it. “If only we could have been trained before now,” they said. “We could have prevented so much abuse.”’

What’s more, LVLE regularly provides training on child witch accusations, which are rife in Goma, using SCWA’s ‘The Heart of the Matter’ resource. These events are making a huge impact on participants’ attitudes towards children, making churches and communities safer environments for children to grow up.

LVLE are also strengthening their work with street-living children in Goma, befriending children through their two ‘listening posts’ in the city, and providing consistent and sustained support for those they get to know well. The team’s aim is to get the children off the streets and back into families.

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