Give a child in Kinshasa a chance: sponsor a child's education

It's so easy to take an education for granted, but in DRC one in five children complete less than a year's schooling, working to feed themselves from as soon as they can walk. You can give a child a chance to have a better life.

A long series of conflicts ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) throughout the 1990s, destroying most of the Central African country's infrastructure. Recovery continues to be a slow and complex process, making DRC one of the least developed – and most desperate – countries in Africa.

DRC has a population of over 77.5 million people. Of these 75% live below the poverty line and over half have no access to drinking water or basic healthcare.  Today, more than 1 in 4 children aged 5–17 are missing out on the fundamental right to education and nearly 7 ½  million Congolese children aged 5–17 are not in school. Girls account for over half (3.9 million) of those who are not enrolled.

Without a doubt, few people need assistance more than the Congolese to achieve their potential for a healthy, peaceful and productive future 

 

Education at a price

In 2010, the DRC Government decreed a gradual transition towards free primary education. However, the elimination of school fees is slow in many provinces. The minerval, – a payment of up to 80,500 francs (£56) per child per month to cover the cost of incentives for teachers, a school uniform and learning materials - is still a major barrier for many families. 

Every day, 9 year old Mamy and her brother sell bread in the local mini market, a two-hour walk, from their home for an income of some 1000 Francs (70p) per day.

"I know that it is bad to drop out of school. It is important to learn how to read and to speak French, but if I don’t come to the market we cannot eat." 

Leaving school was unavoidable when her grandparents couldn’t pay the monthly minerval

 

Other education statistics

Primary school enrolment: 58%

Drop-out rate in the 1st year of primary: 20%

Average completion rate between 1st and 6th year: 29%

Unpaid government teachers: 33%

 

Our appeal - what is it for?

Even in the most difficult and challenging of circumstances people find ways of not only surviving but of breaking through the limitations imposed by their circumstances to make a better life for themselves and their families and to fulfil their ambitions.  We are supporting Lycée Liziba to sponsor 100 girls a year.  Their families cannot afford to pay for their daughters’ education but are willing to let go of their labour and bet for a brighter future.

 

Educating girls results in:

  • Healthier, better educated children.
  • Reductions in the under 5 mortality rate.
  • Girls get married and have children later when they have better parenting skills.
  • Greater entrepreneurship and family income.
  • Increased literacy and numeracy skills, leading to greater economic opportunities.
  • More skills and knowledge enhancing women's self-esteem and the wellbeing of families and entire communities.
 

How to sponsor a girl's education in Lycée Liziba:

Send a cheque addressed to Wonder Foundation (10 Wellesley Terrace, London, N1 7NA) marked DRC Girl Education, or,

Set up a standing order for £30 a month marked DRC Girl Education to Wonder Foundation - HSBC Angel Islington / Sort Code: 40 - 03 -33

Account no: 22002620. Download the standing order/ gift aid form here.

You can also donate online:

 

Download the Lycée Liziba Factsheet