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Students as Teachers: Jewish World Watch & Lessons from Congo Kids

We are so thankful for Jewish World Watch, their work, and their partnership with Amani and ABFEK’s educational assistance program!  Read an excerpt from JWW’s recent visit by Diane Kabat to learn about how funding education is changing these kids lives, giving hope, and shaping the future of a peaceful Congo.  The kids in the education assistance program speak with confidence about their goals, teaching us never to give up hope.

“As we leave Bukavu, we must say ‘au revoir’ to our dear friend, guide and translator, Amani.  He has been with us every day and has managed every detail on the ground with Naama in the JWW office. Amani makes things happen here in Bukavu, not only for his JWW partners, but for the people in the South Kivu region.

“…One of the successful projects that Jewish World Watch sponsors with ABFEK is the Educational Assistance Program.  Yesterday, for over an hour, we once again maneuvered the difficult hillside roads of Bukavu to Amani‚Äôs village of Mumosho (comprised of 6 districts) to see ABFEK. JWW has sponsored 52 secondary students (50% girls, 50% boys) during the last school year (2012-2013) by paying school fees. In addition, we supported 113 younger primary school students with school supplies and uniforms.

“After another celebratory greeting, we gather in the community room to meet the older students, many of whom are ‘double orphans,’ a phrase used to describe the loss of both parents to the war.  All of us are eager to share our stories.  The first student to speak is Bamanye, a dynamic 16 year old girl who says (translated from French), ‘I finished the last school year without difficulty (fees paid).  I was able to concentrate on my studies and work hard.  I want to be useful for society.’

“We are all very surprised when she continues to speak in English, ‘My mother has to care for everyone by herself and work very hard.  But, she does not see much improvement for her family.  She prefers the ABFEK action for her children.  She knows that it will improve the well-being of women and children in Kivu.’  Bamanye thanks us for sponsoring her this school year, and hopes we will continue.  After hearing from about 20 students, we are left with the feeling that these teenagers, all wanting to be lawyers, teachers, doctors and engineers, will be able to make societal improvements for their generation and the generations to follow.”

If you’d like to support the education assistance program, consider a monthly donation! Just $10 / month sends a secondary student to school, giving kids, and especially girls, previously denied an education, the opportunity to change their lives and impact their communities. 

The Jewish World Watch team with students and Amani, and our new Action Kivu intern Shatreen.

Read more from our blog:

Top of the Class: Girls Sent to School by Action Kivu Supporters
Back to School Stories: Hope and Thanks from Congo

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