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CongoAction is a British charity working in Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo Action is offering support in the development of education, training and the relief of poverty in Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our mission is to help the people of Congo help themselves by offering resources that they can use to improve the quality of their lives.
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Email: congoaction@hotmail.com

Mobile: 07874 751758

Charity Address:
Congo Action
13 Upper Fant Road
Maidstone
ME16 8BP

Reg. Charity No: 1088833
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Headmaster's office is becoming a reality!
A long awaited for building is becoming a reality at Kavumba school. We have now been able to raise sufficient funds to complete this project, which is going to be the headmaster office and teachers' meeting room. This gives a real boost to all the teaching staff who are teaching throughout the summer, to catch up with time lost during Covid.

 
Thank you to all our supporters who are making this work possible.

The Plans

The foundations are laid

The walls go up

Not long now...
Good News
Thanks to generous donations, we have managed to provide the school with very much needed desks, due to increase in numbers of pupils. Teachers and pupils are delighted with the results .

 
Thank you to all our supporters.



Fresh news from DRC
On 14th of May 2021, happy news for our partner , Vital Kulimushi, who married Viviane, his eldest daughter, to Pacifique Muderhwa in Goma. The ceremony was followed by a lovely celebration, with family and friends. The event happened just on time, before the Nyiragongo volcano erupted, on the 22nd of May. Vital and his family had left the town by then, and informed us that his daughter and son in law , (who have remained in Goma), are both safe.
 

All our best wishes to the happy couple, and congratulations to all the family.



Covid Vaccine in Congo
According to BBC news, vaccine for Covid-19 is not being taken much by people in DRC Congo. In Goma, North Kivu, the UNICEF is having very few candidates for the vaccine . People believe false rumours circulating that the vaccine is fake, or have concerns about blood clots, or that it will make them sterile.

 
Only 5000 people have been vaccinated out of a population of nearly 90 million. People feel that Covid is less of a threat than many other diseases, like Ebola or measles, or merciful killings from rebel armies. As a consequence, the huge number of vaccines given to DRC will have to be circulated to other African countries, before their expiry date.
Welcome to our New Partners

Congo Action and WTC Congo have joined hands to work in partnership with "ACTION MBAZI", a non profit registered association aiming to help children and their communities.
 
 
Action Mbazi is a charitable organisation based in Douai, Northern France, having similar aims and philosophy as Congo Action. and WTC Congo. Their current project is the rebuilding of a delapidated school in a remote village in "Kongo Central" called " Tshimpondo (Western side of Congo) to enable primary school age children to learn in a much safer environment.

 
Their goal is to raise 14500 Euros to rebuild six classrooms, so please visit their facebook page  (Action Mbazi)to help them in any way you can. Our own experience has shown us that supporting a school and enabling children to progress, is a very effective way to combat poverty  and work towards self independence.
Disabled Group
We continue to work with disabled people, but no longer via Pere Andre, as he left the DRC to retire in Belgium some 5 years ago. Click here for up to date information on the Disabled Group.
We Have a Field!
With donations received from our friends and supporters, Congo Action has purchased a field for the benefit of Kavumba school. The land is currently under cultivation and also has the benefit of being planted with several banana trees.  We are confident that this new project will benefit the teachers and the school by providing them with a small income, hence more economic independence. It is a practical and achievable solution to gain revenues, in an area where people already have plenty of agricultural skills and knowledge.
 Thank you to all of you people for continuing to help and encourage us in our work.


Good News
for all our supporters
Our Kavumba primary school re-opened in mid-October after lock down since March. There are no known cases of Covid 19, neither at the school, not in the area, possibly thanks to the remoteness of the place, and very few visitors to the South Kivu region. All is well, and the children are eager to learn.
 
On their behalf, we renew our thanks to everyone who continue to support this worthwhile project.






Treasurer Departure


Pat Phipps has been Congo Action treasurer for the past 7 years. During that time, she has seen us through numerous projects: micro-credit finances, sewing projects, goat breeding projects, and the most challenging of all being the rebuilding of Kavumba school over a two years period. Pat has proved to be a formidable asset, always carrying the work out with great professional standards, and thanks to her diligent work and great eye for figures, we have achieved such a great deal!

We are pleased to share with you the good news of Pat's wedding to Julian, on the 3rd of March (photo) . The event raised contributions of £776, donated to congo Action. We will use this money for the purchase of a field for cultivation, a project which will go some way to ensuring some income for the teachers, and also involve the children in good cultivation practices.

Our thank you go to Pat & Julian for their wonderful contribution, and best wishes for the future.
Coronavirus in DRC
So far, the main site of infection is in Kinshasa, 3000Kms away from Bukavu, where we have our projects.. Vital Kulimushi, our main partner in Bukavu, has informed us that all the schools are closed, including of course our school in Kavumba. The travelling to and from the main town of Bukavu is restricted to people with a car, and with serious reasons to travel.
 

Kamembe airport, in nearby Rwanda is closed, and so are all the borders . It is difficult, if not nearly impossible to get basic supplies as all markets and shops are closed. People have to rely on agricultural products coming from inland, but transport is notoriously difficult, and of course this creates a further risk of infection.
 
 
On the positive side, The DRC managed to control the Ebola outbreak, so is better informed to face this new calamity.
Bukavu April 2020
A view of the main street in Bukavu, Kivu during the coronavirus pandemic. It is normally busling with people and vehicles.
Our Finished School!

September 2019. All six classrooms were duly completed in time for the start of the school year. The work is on-going as well as assisting the teachers in finding ways to become self-sufficient.

WELL DONE KATIE!!
Well done to Katie for completing the formidable challenge of running from London to Brighton of 100kms! She managed to meet her fundraising target of £500, plus a bit more : £675 in total. A great THANK YOU to her from all of us at Congo Action, and to all the people who have kindly sponsored her.

Kavumba School
When Kavumba School was built in 2007 wood was used but after years of attack by the climate and ants it is showing signs of serious disrepair. CongoAction is helping the community build a brick school, classroom by classroom!  Read Kavumba school's story...

Goal Achieved!
We are pleased to tell you that the school building project that Congo Action and WTC (Working together Congo) started in July 2018, has been completed on time for September, for the start of the academic year. This summer, we added another 3 new classrooms to the 3 already built last year: This constitutes 6 classrooms all together, representing a complete rebuilt of our Kavumba primary school, a very much needed operation due to the degradation of the original wooden school, built in 2006. Read More...



School Building Nearing Completion
The school building is nearing completion and will be ready for the start of the school term in September . We have achieved our goal, which was to build three new classrooms by the end of this summer. Thanks to all the hard work and dedication of the team of workers that we employed, the project has come to fruition, and the children will be very proud to start school in such favourable conditions..... A big THANK YOU also to all our regular supporters and generous donors who have made this work possible."  more photos...



Desks Being Made
Late July 2018     The desks are being put together from flat packs. They each seat two pupils which are much better than the original ones in the wooden classrooms which were continuous right across the room.     more photos...



Roof Going On
Late July 2018     The roof is being completed. The build is right on target for the start of the next school term which leaves only the final phase to raise the money for.           

Walls Going Up
July 2018.   The brick-layers are now hard at work...       photos...

It's All Happening!!
June 2018. It’s all happening! They are working on the foundations of Phase 2 this week.  

Fantastic News!
February 2018. We are happy to share with you some very exciting news:  Thanks to your donations and kind support, Congo Action is now able to go ahead with the second phase of rebuilding theKavumba primary school, which consists of three new brick classrooms being erected during the summer months. read more...

September 2017 - The first 3 classrooms now in use!

July 2017 - The walls of the first block are going up!

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