What does hope look like?

img_9511This is Neema.   She lives with her mother in Rutemba village which is next to the land in DRCongo where we are building a training centre.

She is eight years old and cares for her little brother on her back all day while her mother cultivates land nearby.  There are around 100 children from babies to ages 12 in the village.  Each time we visit the land the elders ask if we would build a school. Although people in the village have nothing but a mud hut and dirt floor they have not asked for money or food…just a school. The nearest school is too far away for them to walk each day. Education is the hope for future generations.  The people here believe that.  No matter where we go in the world, most parents want something better for their children. Education is an amazing tool for transformation in communities and countries.  It is the possibility of a new way of thinking.

Our vision is to begin with an early years school for the village, facilitate training for teachers, pastors, families, and business leaders in the centre being built on the land.

The roof is going on the first building of the training centre.

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   HOPE is a verb with it’s sleeves rolled up ~~~ David Orr

We are thankful for friends who have been raising funds for a well that will provide clean water for the population around the centre. This will enable training in hygiene and better health care.

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When we see children, we see hope for this country.

There is severe malnutrition in certain areas of Burundi and Congo in these days and ongoing political strife. Although there are many daily difficult challenges, we are moving forward believing and trusting God in the changes we are able to help create.

We ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak and raise it up when it is overthrown.  ~~John Calvin

We welcome any who read this to become part of the building and transforming communities in DRCongo.     our website is http://www.najengacongo.com  Giving on our website will be receipted.

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