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 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. The latest development is the establishment of two 'Synergies', multi-agency networks which prevent witchcraft-related abuse in their commuities.

Alongside this, LVLE are strengthening their work with street-living children in Goma, befriending children and providing consistent and sustained support for those they get to know well. Following a hugely successful project setting up handwashing stations to combat COVID-19, LVLE have excellent relationships with street-living children all over the city. They are now building on these relationships and helping some of them to find safe and loving homes, away from the streets. 

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