The fighting between the two warring tribes which ended in 2008 created many orphans. In Bunia some of these children have been taken in by other families known as ‘host families’.
700 of the orphans are currently being educated for free at one of the two schools run by the programme where they also receive food, free healthcare at its clinic and psychological counselling to help them with their trauma. Host families receive additional support with the costs of caring for the children and are involved in agricultural initiatives. emerge poverty free has recently funded a carpentry workshop which offers skills training to the older children and will generate income for the programme as it is open for hire to the local carpenters. We always seek to ensure sustainability of our projects through wider community development.
Instead of setting up an orphanage, the children have instead been taken into the homes of local families. This means they become part of a regular family and get much closer care. The families are supported to care for the extra children.
The community farm provides income and food to the families that have taken in orphans and also supplies school meals. It is a really great example of sustainability.