About Us

The Prosper Kassor Foundation is a UK-based non-profit organization working to empower women, girls and street children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) alongside supporting low-income families within the United Kingdom.

 

Where we started

Thank you for visiting the official website of Prosper Kassor Foundation, where we strive to provide the universal right to clean water, healthcare,  education and agriculture to the deprived communities in the DRC.

Since our establishment on 12 February 2015 here in the UK and 20 January in the DRC, we have made our main focus to be on the N’sele municipality of East Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo by beginning with building access to clean water by installing water purification systems.

My father, Prosper Kassor, started his first charity, Opprimés qui Crient Justice, in 2004 with the mission of providing care for the women, girls, orphaned and street children in the DRC. Unfortunately in July 2008 his life was cut short. It was that same year I travelled to Congo for 10 days to attend my father’s burial. Throughout my trip I was overwhelmed with emotion over the traumatising loss of our family’s patriarch as well as witnessing the poor sanitation and lack of access to safe clean water in the capital Kinshasa.

The only personal encounter I had in the DRC, between a woman and I who I met in front of a convent of a catholic church, stayed with me to the point of inspiring me to continue the humanitarian legacy of my father, with whom I share the same name.

Realizing how $10, an amount we consider small, could make such appreciation and assist in providing food, care and sadly, the luxury of bottled water. With living wages so low, making it nearly impossible for many locals to purchase bottled water, I found it a necessary mission to provide water purification systems and follow through with education and health care as a land had been purchased in order to build Health Care Centre afterwards.

Please feel free to explore our website and hopefully sign up for our newsletter in which you can stay updated with our progress as well as fundraising events to make our mission a reality. Every act of kindness counts.  Help save lives with simple, effective solutions like water purification machine to the community of Kinkole.

Returning to the United Kingdom, I decided to help families on low incomes and children who are facing difficulties.

Irene Kassor

Our objectives in the DRC

1. Provide better access to Safe Clean Water

  • Provide 10 water purification systems in the municipality.
  • Decrease the amount of time women in particular spend responding to the lack of water safety issues, including: caring for sick children and relatives; and sourcing clean water and instead enable them to focus economic development  at the familial and community level
  • Capacity build local communities and partners to erect and sustain the water purification systems
  • Train up local communities in effective sanitation practices
  • Evaluate and share the learning from this community level intervention for replication in other community settings.

2. Building Health Care Centre

3. Education Programme

4. Building an Orphanage

Our Principles

Through our work in support of the deprived population in DRC, we have recognised these six principles as being fundamental to all of our projects. We challenge ourselves to ensure that each of our strategies builds on these principles.

  1. Human Dignity. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, including the right to food, health, safe clean water, work and education. The inherent nature of every person is creative, resourceful, self-reliant, responsible and productive. We must not treat people living in these deprived conditions as beneficiaries, which can crush dignity, but rather as the key resource for ending this bad situation.
  2. Gender Equality. An essential part of ending hunger must be to cause society-wide change towards gender equality. Women bear the major responsibility for meeting basic needs, yet are systematically denied the resources, freedom of action and voice in decision-making to fulfil that responsibility.
  3. Empowerment. In the face of social suppression, focused and sustained action is required to awaken people to the possibility of self-reliance, to build confidence, and to organise communities to take charge of their own development.
  4. Interconnectedness. Our actions are shaped by, and affect, all other people and our natural environment. Hunger and poverty are not problems of one country or another but are global issues. We must solve them not as “donors and recipients” but as global citizens, working as coequal partners in a common front to end hunger.
  5. Sustainability. Solutions to ending hunger must be sustainable locally, socially, economically and environmentally.
  6. Holistic Approach. Hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including decent work, health, education, environmental sustainability and social justice. Only in solving these together will any of them be solved on a sustainable basis.

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Our Objectives in the United Kingdom

Support family on low incomes and disadvantaged backgrounds though various actives such as: Family and youth day trips to theme park and country side.

Prosper Kassor Foundation support about 60 families on low incomes and disadvantaged backgrounds in Lewisham.  We have had excellent feedback from our previous trips to Chessington through REAP Centre. 80% of the young people have rated the trips organised by us to be excellent and an experience they never forget.

Some parents have reported back to us saying nothing can compare to the transformation they have witness in their kids throughout the Summer Scheme Programme in August 2015.  The children have become more trusting and confident in themselves, improved at school and those around them.

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Registration Number: 9435681