street-living boys with a handwashing stationRev 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 has trained numerous schools and churches on child protection and children’s rights, empowering them to create environments where children can thrive.

Attitudes towards children are being transformed. 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. 

More recently, the LVLE team has responded quickly and decisively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with the street-living children they're dedicated to protecting, they have set up ten handwashing stations throughout Goma, to help the children and other local residents protect themselves against the virus. The stations have made a huge impact on the rates of COVID transmission in Goma, and also resulted in an extraordinary collaboration between street-living children, local residents, civic authorities and LVLE themselves!

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