Emmanuel Centre in the High Plateau of Eastern Congo

In Emmanuel Centre situated in the High Plateau area of Eastern Congo we have a children’s village, school and homes for orphans from the conflict in the area.

children from Emmanuel centre in high plateau near Marungu

Emmanuel Centre is Pastor Ruben’s vision for caring for orphaned children in the mountains of Eastern Congo. We have five children’s homes built which house 10 children and two mama’s in each dwelling.  While we are very grateful to the organizations and individuals who are funding these homes, there is need for more homes for the many orphans in this area.

five children's homes in Emmanuel Centre in the mountains of Eastern Congo.
five children’s homes in Emmanuel Centre in the mountains of Eastern Congo.

A new school is in process of being finished, thanks to many individuals and organizations who have provided funds for this. We provide work for men in the area as they do the construction of homes and the school.

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carpenters working on the buildings in Emmanuel Centre
This is the new school in Emmanuel Center.
The new school at Emmanuel Centre children’s home.

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women collecting their flour from the flour mill.
The women are thrilled to be able to get their flour already ground. They said they are happy that now their hands do not look like their feet! Previously they spent hours pounding maize to make flour.

Ecole Shalom (a primary/secondary school) in Uvira Eastern Congo

children at Ecole Shalom in DRC..UviraEcole Shalom (school) was the first place we got involved in Eastern Congo. Pastor Ruben was building a primary school in the city of Uvira but because of lack of funding and challenges within the organization he was working with, everything came to a halt. When Ray saw this school and the possibility of what could take place here he looked for funding wherever he could. Hope for the Nations quickly got involved and provided funds to finish the primary school. Now this school has around 900 students attending and there is need of additions in the school compound.

David Freeman with Teachers
Our friend David Freeman from the U.K.has done training with the teachers over a period of five years, teaching a curriculum which brings a Godly perspective to education. Over these years he has trained the teachers, giving them a different approach to education with a Godly based curriculum. The testimony of these teaching sessions has been three years of 100% passes of students from Primary to Secondary school. This is almost unheard of in this area of the country. The infrastructure in this part of Congo has been destroyed in every way due to the ongoing conflicts within the country. We believe this school can be a model of how education with a Godly foundation can bring changes in the country.
Our plans are to continue to move forward in training in areas of education throughout this area of Eastern Congo, with the African teachers being involved.

New Hope Centre in Burundi

boys at our New Hope Childre)n's home in Burundi (all refugees from CongoNew Hope Centre in Burundi was started to provide a home for children who are refugees who survived the insecurity in Eastern Congo. Pastor Ruben and his wife Joli provide oversight for these children and several women called “mamas” who are the daily care givers for the children.mamas who care for the children at New Hope centre.
Through Hope for the Nations an organization based in Kelowna Canada these children receive monthly sponsorship funds. Presently Canadian Communities for Canada also provide funds for school provisions for some of the children.

We started teaching English to the youngest of the children from New Hope Centre.  Twenty one of them came to our home each morning during the week for three years.  They learned to read and write, enjoying books, art and a different way of experiencing education.  Several friends who came to visit from Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. gave their time and experience to help with the little school.

Mel from New Zealand, making "goop" with the little ones.
Mel from New Zealand, making “goop” with the little ones.
an english lesson with Ray.making pie!!
an English lesson with Ray….making Apple pie!
Miss Ruth our English teacher.  Her birthday cake shared by all.
Miss Ruth our English teacher. Her birthday cake shared by all.

We are very thankful to CC4Africa who helped fund New Hope school for those years.   The children now are in an International English school and moving on with their education.

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Mr. Jean Claude our Math and French teacher on the top right. Dudu our helper and interpreter next to him .

We had such joy working with many friends and the dear children as they learned and experienced much healing during those three years of English school in our home. God was faithful to show us the way forward and we thank Him and all those individuals who came to help and to support us and the children and staff. There was lots of laughter as well as tears and wonderful memories.