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15. Rebuilding School System for Children K-12 in a Village Destroyed by War

Help provide funds for basic education and vocational skills training in an effort to rebuild their community

The Situation

Ten years of ethnic-based and politically motivated civil war completely ravaged the people in the village of Yaka-Yaka in Congo Brazaville. By December 1999, schools, health centers, buildings, and society itself were destroyed. Today, women and children live in abject poverty. Most girls have no access to education and are given in marriage at an early age. 

Sisters’ Response

Sisters moved into the area and are doing what they can in the impoverished village. They built a multi-purpose room for children and adults to have a safe place to talk about how they hope to see their lives improve. They teach young women dressmaking, hygiene, and other needed skills. The Sisters believe that the war destroyed so much of their basic living knowledge that educating girls in the basics of family life and civil life is essential. The ultimate goal is to form families capable of rebuilding society and re-establishing its values.

Funds Needed: $6,444

How funds will be used:

Sewing machines and educational materials are needed to expand the Sister’s outreach to 20 to 30 young women and girls at a time. Although vocational skills are essential for the women, the war destroyed so much of their knowledge of basic living, that educating them in the basics of family life and civil life is equally important.  The following list of goods would make a big difference for this area.

  • Tables and chairs
  • Sewing machines
  • Teaching materials
  • Paper and pens
  • Seeds for growing fruits and vegetables
  • A computer
  • Play equipment for the children

Systemic Impact

The long-term goal is to establish a K-12 school. Basic education and vocational skills training are the building blocks to creating a community prepared to rebuild society and flourish. 

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