Melissa Johnson via Crowdrise
May 28, 2015
BENEFITING: Rivers of the World
EVENT DATE: May 22, 2015
My husband and I traveled with Rivers of the World (R.O.W. - www.row.org) to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country of contrasts, where extreme poverty and hopeful resilience live side by side. In Bulape we met Jacqueline Ntumba, a woman with unflagging diligence, perserverance and complete dedication to the women and children of Bulape. The B.L.E.S.S. Project (Bulape Ladies' Empowerment and Self-Sustainment) is the result of our desire to partner with R.O.W. and Jackie to improve the lives of the women of Bulape.
Jackie currently has three projects that will be life changing and self-sustaining for the women of the Bulape community. These projects are:
- A Micro finance project supporting four savings groups—for the wives of hospital workers, for widows, for teachers’ wives and for young mothers;
- A Program for the Promotion of Women, a literacy and life skills program and sewing school; and
- A pig farming project to provide food and income.
Jackie and the women of Bulape need our help with these projects or order to reach many more women in the greater Bulape community. Here's how you can help:
- $110 will purchase a new sewing machine.
- $60 will purchase a bolt of fabric.
- $25 will buy thread and other small items needed to teach sewing.
- $50 will purchase a pig.
- $70 will help to provide materials for pens and food for the pigs.
- $100 will cover the cost of veterinary care for a pig for a year.
- $50 will provide a scholarship for a woman to be trained in microfinance.
- $25 will purchase supplies such as paper and pens for the education of the women both in the micro-finance training and the sewing and literacy program.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated as we partner with R.O.W., Jackie and the women of Bulape to provide a brighter future and help allieviate the poverty that is plaguing this beautiful community.
The conflict that has raged through this country for decades has destroyed any infrastructure and limited access to social, education, medical and financial institutions negatively impacting health, economic and social outcomes of individuals, families and communities. In Bulape, there is no electricity, running water or paved roades. Women and children are the most vulnerable and have been impacted the most dramatically.
Pastor Jackie’s goals are to fight poverty and empower the women of Bulape. In her words: "The fight against poverty is actually the order of the day here as well as internationally. Most of the unemployed women of Bulape are dependent on their husbands, resulting in many families with malnourished children and increased rates of mortality among children 0-12 years. At our level as educators and shapers of women, girls and unmarried mothers, we are looking for the ways and means to help this community extricate themselves from this handicap."