The ongoing violent conflicts in Congo, claimed the life of thousands children, others were orphaned, not to mentioned those who are forced to spend their entire childhood into exile.
Education is one of the most of humanity’s fundamental rights, yet it is often one of the first to suffer during times of war. UNICEF reports that 25 million children aged six to 15 are missing out on an education in conflict zones across 22 countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked among those affected countries.
The dire humanitarian consequences of such violence can not only be measured in one generation. Experts observed that some effects of war on children health are intergenerational.
Lookng first at the nature and effects of exposures during conflict, and then at the potential routes through which harm may propagate within families, one can summarize the intergenerational effects of the following features of conflict: violence, challenges to the mental health of children, an endless cycle of poverty.
Principally, in the eastern Congo which has known more than two decades of violent conflicts have has been observing a trend of countless children joining armed groups, others marrying young and becoming victims of sexual or violent abuse. Subsequently, entering an endless cycle of poverty.
Though an individual might have participated in violent conflict in order to maximize profits, there is strong evidence that social sanctions do play a great role in convincing people to participate in violence. That is, for example, children may be forced to join armed violence just because they don’t go to school, thus lacking the sense of a purpose-driven life.
In such a context, education (formal and non-formal) can serve socially constructive purposes to prepare victims to actively participate in the process of social, cultural and economic development.
Education can be a strategic means for change if we give education to the children in the eastern Congo we can see them come out of war and into a culture of peace and reconciliation.
As a premier non-government organization whose main mission is to develop a nonviolent generation in the eastern Congo and beyond, Stichting A Cup for Humanity is investing in sponsoring children education. Viewing this as a critical path to building a sustainable society, we shall help the most vulnerable to pay their school fees as we help them to escape from the cycle of perpetual victimization by accompanying them through their education journey.
In addition the tuition money, each sponsored child receives a school uniform, scholastic materials, and basic medical assistance. Children also attend a monthly Christian day camp and a four-day Bible camp each fall.
We cannot achieve this great task of planting seeds of peace without you as a partner. The minimum amount to sponsor a child and give him/her a chance to dream is 20 US dollarsper month. From this amount we can pay the school fees, buy the school materials and handle the administration.
Your relationship as a sponsor is critical in your sponsored child’s life. As a sponsor, you are considered family. They love you, pray for you and know you by name! you can visit them any time you want, most during the Christmas camp.
You can write with them, You can phone with them (watch app) You can skype with them
We make movies of them etcetera (more possibilities for the sponsors I think)
You can visit our website, go to the donation page and subscribe for a monthly donation.