Help vulnerable children in Congo

$3,845 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 44 months
*** Update***   Ismail and I have been supporting Tulizeni Centre since 2015. Though we have now left the DR Congo, Tulizeni has not left us. We continue to support Sister Georgette, right now primarily we are looking to raise money for school tuition for 67 school age children (approx $ 250.00 / child/ year), medical care and daily food necessities for the children. There are now 97 children staying with Sister Georgette. Any donations will be 100% used for the above categories and we can personally guarantee this.

Peace,
Michele and Ismail

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When Ismail and I left the comforts of Europe to move to the Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2015, we wanted to try our best to give our talents and love to the world.  

We found the perfect opportunity to help at the Tulizeni Centre for vulnerable children, orphans, and victims of sexual violence in Goma, DRC. 


Ismail and I are working here every week, Ismail sometimes daily, and it is an organization that we believe in with our whole hearts. The Centre is run by the incredibly strong and passionate Sister Georgette, FMM. This amazing woman is taking on so much in order to protect vulnerable children and victims of sexual violence in Goma.  

The task is enormous, she has welcomed 80 children into her home, and she has projects helping even more women victims of sexual violence who remain in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Goma. 


Focusing on the children, most of them are either orphans, children whose parents cannot be located, or children who have been rescued from vulnerable situations such as situations of sexual violence in the IDP camps. 

Ismail and I, along with other amazing friends who are volunteering at the Centre,  are trying to implement sanitation, nutrition, and housing projects among others. 

Below we have tried to identify some of the most pressing needs. Any contribution, especially prayers and happy thoughts, will be greatly appreciated.  The best part is that we will be there to personally account for all contributions and projects!

Finally, Ismail and I will spend this Christmas here in Goma with the kids, so any contributions for gifts and clothes will make for an especially blessed and magical day.   

God bless you all, 
Ismail and Michele Juma



Below are pictures of the land purchased by donations to Sister Georgette and Tulizeni in the hopes of one day building a permanent centre- in need of engineers, construction experts, architects to help realize this dream. - Sister Georgette and Phoebe, and the rocks used to build the wall to secure the property.


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How do you shop for 80 shoes in the Congo? Very carefully!! And a stellar wrapping job too! Thank you for all the donations and support!! We are so excited to give all the kids new shoes for Christmas!! Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you for your support we are more than half way to our goal!!
Shoe market!
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Amazing news everyone! We are now over 2,000 dollars with your support! We are all so touched at everyone's generosity! Please keep going if you have any to give so we can reach our goal. Many of the children are sick this week, malaria and some upper respiratory infections from the weather. Your support also helps with their medicine and good food. Thank you profoundly!
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Happy Thanksgiving from Goma! We have some future projects such as mosquito nets, cement and covering for a study and play area, and a chicken coop!! If you have some extra to give this thanksgiving please think of Tulizeni Center and the little turkeys there :)
Marta and the turkey
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Because of your amazing support Ismail and Eddie installed a rain water system at the orphanage last week! Before, the water had to be brought from the lake in the yellow containers- now they have endless water as it's the rainy season in DRC! Thank you for helping us make a difference! Your donations really count! Michele and Ismail

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Rosie Churchley
44 months ago
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Our daughter, Michele Churchley Juma, and her husband, Ismail Juma, are living in the Congo. They are volunteering at an orphanage in the Congo. There is information on this site about the projects on which they are working. They will continue to be helping at the orphanage in the future and throughout the Christmas season. I hope that you will look at the photos and read about their involvement.

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Created November 11, 2015
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I admire what you are doing.

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Best wishes with your work, God bless you and the children

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Johann Soufi
43 months ago

Miss you guys!

Rosie Churchley
44 months ago
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Our daughter, Michele Churchley Juma, and her husband, Ismail Juma, are living in the Congo. They are volunteering at an orphanage in the Congo. There is information on this site about the projects on which they are working. They will continue to be helping at the orphanage in the future and throughout the Christmas season. I hope that you will look at the photos and read about their involvement.

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