Over the past three years, fourteen families at New Life have joined thousands of Covenanters in sponsoring a child through Covenant Kids Congo. As a result, the Gemena community, a city of about 350,000 people in northwest Congo, is on its way to a more hopeful future.
- 24,000 people now have access to clean water from new wells. Women used to walk three and a half miles roundtrip to a stream, three times a day, carrying about 55 lbs of water on their heads. And even then, the water wasn’t safe. Now it’s just a 10-15 minute walk. Two new deep water wells with water towers, solar-powered pumping stations, and multiple points of distribution within the village have been drilled, and a third is on the way. Johnson Mawaba, the Gemena Program Manager for World Vision, said that a total of 13 wells are planned over the 15- to 18-year duration of the Covenant Kids Congo project so that 250,000 people will have access to clean water.
- Children go to one of the three new schools in the area, where they study and pursue their dreams.
- Parents have learned to make the most nutritious food to help their children grow healthy and strong. 675 malnourished children returned to a normal, healthy weight.
- 75% of the children have now been immunized.
- Many have found new economic opportunities (such as fish farms, cooperative farming initiatives, and sewing groups) and, selling handmade goods in the market and saving funds for the future.
Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision is making a powerful difference.
About 1,700 children are currently waiting to be sponsored through Covenant Kids Congo.
2016 is also an election year in the Congo. Since it seems unlikely that the current president will give up power, so please pray for peace.