This is the story of a family comprised of children left to themselves.
The Republic of Congo remains one of the poorest country in the world, ranking 44 in its regional ranking… Out of 46 (www.heritage.org/index/country/republiccongo) (Eritrea and Zimbabwe). Corruption remains pervasive, and the lack of infrastructure has challenged the nation on many grounds. In a nation where stability is a luxury, adults are often found roaming the streets in search of work to cover the day’s needs. The civil wars that have gone on for decades has left its people in a state of despair, and too many have lost hope.
In such an environment, too many children are left to fend for themselves.
The FTU Board realizes the turmoil that lies in the Congo is a dragon too big even for its ambitious Board Members. This is not to say that a difference cannot be made for a family, even if just one!
In the early 2000’s, an FTU Member befriended a group of children that happened to live next to him in Brazzaville, Congo. As time went on, it became apparent that the story of these little kids was cause for great concern. Children of a prostitute mother, these children would be left for days, and sometimes weeks to care for themselves and each other. Often times, they would not know when their mother would come home, if at all. Then one day, the worse happened. The mother had contracted AIDS, and it was just a question of time.
In September of 2008, the mother passed away.
Some distant Uncles and Aunts would come by periodically and care for them as much as possible. Their helping hand could only go so far. As of the writing of this article, some of these children have grown into young adults, some have chosen to walk the straight path, while others have fallen. However, despite all the adversities, their bond has remained intact. A bond that cannot be oblivious to the hands of reality. Now scattered in the city and some in its suburbs of Brazzaville, they have the opportunity to communicate and see each other only so often.
The one constant FTU wishes to bring to these children is something many of us in the Western World take for granted – a home. With the humble donation requested above, we simply wish to provide the children you see a place where they will no longer have to fear being torn away from one another. Will it resolve their daily struggle? Not at all. But it is a start, and in a country where children are often left with no voice, we wish to impart with them a whisper of hope.
01. Land Acquisition: $40,000
02. Build out or improvement on existing structure: $30,000
03. Expenses for deed / contract / legal ownership: $15,000
04. Administrative including travel / accommodations: $10,000
05. Miscellaneous: $5,000
Total approximately $95,000