Being part of a family changes everything.
IN EASTERN CONGO
For the past three years, we've partnered with families throughout eastern Congo. Our objectives are to the bring the reunified families out of their situations of extreme poverty which led to family disruption in the first place. We seek to establish family permanency, independence, and sustainability. Of the 55-80 children we work with each year, we have reunified 24 of them with their extended family members or local, foster Congolese families.
One part of this process is to offer small business start-up capital along with a one year-long business training through Alternativ Global Entrepreneurs. The family is monitored by our Congolese program manager as well as our Congolese social worker. In addition, Alternativ conducts data collection on each family's outcomes after the business training. These families have been identified over the past two years and have already gone through extensive assessment for child safety, parenting, training, counseling before being reunified with their children. While these families have been reunified with their children, their situations remain quite desperate. Our social worker in Eastern DRC has conducted research into what kind of business each family could start given their skills and their surroundings. We are now looking for sponsors to help us provide services to even more families.
For the safety of our families, we do not post photos of their faces.
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