Sending a child to school changes everything.
IN EASTERN CONGO
Our partnership is with Family Bethlehem in eastern Congo. We are working with children living in two homes run by a Congolese family for the past 20 years. We pay school fees for over 80 primary and secondary students as well as nine students attending university. Nearly 1 in 3 children in eastern DRC have never been in a classroom (source- ICRC). Overall enrollment in secondary school is less than 20%. With the help of our manager, we ensure school fees are paid, uniforms and supplies are purchased, and the progress of each student is monitored.
Many of the women who attend sewing training program through the One Thread Project are young mothers. Because they spend their days at the school, they are unable to hold a job during the day. As a result, they do not have the money to send their own children to school. We knew that this was not an acceptable trade off, so we launched the "Young Scholars" program in the fall of 2017. By offering tuition assistance, uniforms, books, and supplies for the dependent children of the young mothers in the program, whole families can now focus on learning and growing.