Donations have been flooding in all week following the news that Mamma Josephine had suddenly passed away leaving 35 orphans without anyone to take care of them or buy them food. It has been such a sad week but I'm so pleased to announce that thanks to all your generous donations we have managed to raise just over £1,000 to buy food for the children and to fund a soap making project that the older children at the orphanage can get involved in, with supervision from Philippe and Maajabu who work for an NGO in Butembo and Jean Claude who is a local chemist.
Projects like this are of great worth in the Congo as it is important for orphanages to find ways to support themselves rather than replying exclusively on foreign donations to buy food for the children. Also, many of these children will struggle to get jobs once they are old enough to leave the orphanage so work experience from being involved in projects like this will be a real advantage for them.
Once the project is up and running I'll post some photos but in the meantime I'm going to send them some money to buy food for the little ones and milk for the babies just while they get through this very difficult time.
Thanks again for all your support and incredibly generous donations. None of this would be possible without your help!