three congolese boys wearing face masksRev 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 and providing consistent and sustained support for those they get to know well. Surprisingly, COVID-19 has indirectly led to huge progress in these relationships! The LVLE team responded quickly and decisively to the pandemic, working with street-living children, local residents and civic authorities to set up ten handwashing stations throughout Goma, to help the children and local residents protect themselves against the virus. The stations have made a huge impact on the rates of COVID transmission in Goma, and also fostered significant relationships with street-living children. In fact, the predominant attitudes towards street-living children among local people have improved dramatically.

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