This program came out of a visit to the DRC by our team in 2009. Shortly after our visit we asked our partners in-country to survey the local community near Likasi for orphans in need. We also wanted to know how we could best help these children.
The survey came back with a list of 200 confirmed orphaned children, and overwhelmingly the families simply asked for assistance with school fees. Our in-country partner then surveyed the local school to make sure that the children would receive proper instruction. The Dream School program was born from this effort. This program started in January 2010 and when third-party financial support put the program in jeopardy in 2014 Global Orphan Relief stepped-in to fill the funding gap. This program ended 2015 with 175 children (orphans) being supported with school fees, uniforms, and books.
In 2015 we had one one-time donation earmarked for this purpose, but this program was primarily supported out of our general fund. To continue this program will require funding due to other commitments of the movement. The children enrolled in the program know where their support is coming from and are so appreciative. We estimate that this program can be administered for under $3.00 per child per month.
We can see real opportunity for orphaned children to stay with extended family and also have the availability to attend school. There are many benefits to the child to be with extended family and not be relocated to an orphanage simply because the extended family has limited resources. In addition, there are real possibilities for the cycle of poverty to be broken given that these children will receive an education.
Nearly all of the children enrolled in the Dream School program would not have access to school without our help.
Democratic Republic of Congo is a country of nearly 80 million people with an orphan population of approximately 4 million. Many of these children remain with extended family and most of these extended families have biological children as well. Ultimately, when resources don’t allow for food, clothing, and education as needed, these orphan children are last in line not having the same rights as the other children. Education is a luxury that they can’t afford -especially to the orphans in their home. Almost 3 in 10 of these children are denied access to school. In some instances, large people groups deny the existence of orphans dismissing any efforts to address their plight.
Dream School Program | Democratic Republic of Congo | in partnership with Noah Ministries | Global Orphan Relief has supported this program since October 2014 and plans to expand program to 200 children in 2016.
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Dream School — DRC
The primary objective is to provide all of God’s love that can be given through a “home and family” to a homeless orphan child. We acknowledge our utter dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish this objective. More often than not, the Holy Spirit uses someone just like you to provide for those needs.
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