What We Do - Democratic Republic of Congo

Prosper Kassor Foundation is a UK-based non-profit organization aimed at preserving lives of women and street children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our focus is presently in the capital Kinshasa and later on we will operate in other regions of the DRC.

 

** You can keep up to date with our plans and actions on the News & Updates page.

Our Vision

A world where every woman, every girl, every man and every child have basic health care, good education and leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.

We also aim to advocate for the protection children’s right and their education. Educating girls and boys is the key for breaking the cycle of poverty. That’s why our safe clean water and better sanitation programme in schools is very important. We believe that every child is born with fundamental human rights.  The rights of good health whether abled or disables; the right to be treated equally and the right to be protected from harm.

A world where everyone have access to safe clean water and better sanitation; including the most deprived one in DRC.

 

Our Mission

We want to transform lives by building and improving access to safe clean water, health care and education in life skills, sanitation and hygiene for the N’Sele municipality, and ultimately other parts of the DRC.

In pursuit of our goals, we work in partnership with key stakeholders including communities, health care providers and policy makers to develop and deliver effective interventions, and influence national and international decision-makers worldwide to help reduce the level of mortality and maximise our impact within the targeted population.

We also aim to empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.  Women in the community bear almost all of the responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family yet they are often denied the resources, information and freedom of action to fulfil these responsibilities.

Hence, through our various programmes we aim to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption throughout the municipality of N’sele.

Our Programmes

 

Women and Girls Empowerment

Our programmes aim to support women and girls build their capacity.

Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family, yet they often are denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfil their responsibilities.

Many women in DRC cannot read or write and many children of school age children are not in school, the majority are girls. And today, HIV/AIDS is rapidly becoming a woman’s disease in DRC.

Around the world, millions of people eat two or three times a day, but a significant percentage of women eat only once in DRC.

And, now, many women are denying themselves even that one meal to ensure that their children are fed. These women are already suffering the effects of even more severe malnutrition, which inevitably will be their children’s fate as well. The impact of this crisis will be with us for many years if not tackled.

Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.

Solution

The programme will be designed for women in the municipality of N’sele and will be implemented in the town of Kinkole serving 150,000 people.  We are aiming at building a community centre, comprising a food bank, cash crops projects, providing water purification systems, demonstration farm, and school, library and health clinic and meeting hall.

Empowering women through microfinance in DRC

Microfinance Programme

Women led microfinance programme encompassing training, credit and savings. Women build leadership capacities, income-generating and business skills, and gain a strong voice in their community. Small loans are used for farming and small trade by groups of women.


The programme aims to train women through Microfinance and Income Generating workshops

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  • Distribute loans and generate savings deposits.
  • By providing women food farmers affordable access to credit, adequate training and instilling in them the importance of saving.
  • Microfinance Programme enables women to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes and invest in their families and communities.

 

Education Programme

Prosper Kassor Foundation’s education projects to support schools across DRC will improve, helping children secure their futures through education.

We want to see the needs of the deprived children in DRC met, their rights upheld, and their dreams as children fulfilled. We can only achieve this through education. Thank you to our partners Anker International PLC, We rely entirely on people like you to help get them out of such predicaments! Please donate.

In the DRC, girls and boys face a plethora of economic, socio-cultural and physical barriers to education: living below the poverty line, boys’ schooling takes priority over girls’, and school infrastructure is insufficient to accommodate the growing child population. Without education there will be inequality. Lack of access to safe water and sanitation is the primary reason girls drop out of school.

Our education projects will encompass a range of activities, including early childhood development, school feeding programs, and primary, secondary, and higher education in both formal and non-formal settings.  Prosper Kassor Foundation  will be able to establish a broad and deep reach through its national network in the UK and local networks in DRC such  of Catholic organizations and schools here in the UK, as well as through public and private entities to achieve its goals.

Main Barriers to Education

  • Conflict
  • Poverty
  • Resources

To do this we aim to bring people together, donors, governments, sponsors, humanitarian agencies, business and children themselves in order to alleviate the hardship to those affected. We believe in children’s education, equalities, good health and preserving their lives. Yet today in some parts of the DRC conflicts, diseases and poor education keep millions of children from reaching their potential.

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In State School

Providing a year Primary Education in a State School in the capital Kinshasa costs approximately CF 109,000 ($120 or £105GBP).

Providing a year Secondary Education in a State School in the Capital Kinshasa costs approximately CF 140,000 ($150 or £130GBP). 

 

In the Catholic School

Providing a year Primary Education in a Catholic School in the capital Kinshasa costs approximately CF 140,000 ($150 or £130GBP).

Providing a year Secondary Education in a Catholic School in the capital Kinshasa costs approximately CF 188,000 ($200 or £180GBP).

 

Please adopt a child by supporting their education on the term that you can afford. Contact us for more information.

 

Supporting Orphaned and Street Children

The capital, Kinshasa, contains around 20-25,000 children who sleep rough and survive by begging.

We aim to work with everyone who is committed with the well-being of these children. Most of these children have lost their both parents through different circumstances. They are now child workers working long hours and often exploited.  

The problem of Orphaned and Street children has been worsened in recent years by belief in witchcraft, called ‘Kindoki’.  Youngsters can be accused of being ‘witch children’ by local leaders, priests or relatives and if an exorcism cannot be afforded, the child is frequently abandoned by the family and left alone with no support.

Prosper Kassor Foundation is aiming to unify force that will help provide to the deprived communities in DRC a place where these basic rights are realised for every child by building an orphanage for these children.

We rely entirely on people like you to help get them out of such predicaments! Please donate using the link below:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/ProsperKassorFoundation 

 

Safe Clean Water Programme

The municipality N’sele has 320,000 inhabitants but 85% of the population don’t have access to clean water. This deprived population still rely on water from polluted sources, rivers, dirty streams including rain water. Lack of access to water affects the N’sele Community.

The aim of the programme is to use water security as a route to supporting vulnerable people, who in the context of our foundation are: women; girls; orphaned children; and street children, in the municipality of N’sele in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The aim is to improve their health and well-being (including their mortality rate), their education and to build their capacity to contribute to the development of their own communities. This will be delivered using women centred strategies which will develop grass roots understanding of the issues and ownership of the solutions, leading to sustainable approaches that are capable of being replicated.

Not having access to clean water to their door step, women often walk long distance to fetch water from polluted rivers. They will then carry these heavy loads back home.  According to Women Human Rights, this action damages their health and often will suffer from spontaneous abortion, back pain and so on…

Our Foundation is aiming to install 10 Water Purification systems; each costs £5,000 including installation.

Please support us to bring safe clean water to these communities so that we can cut these women’s time from 2 to 3 hours walking to 30 minutes or less. 

With the spare time women will spend their time on other activities, such as generating income for their families and spending time with their families.

 

Health Care Assistance Programme

Diarrhoeal diseases – The consumption of unsafe water is one of the main causes of the diarrhoeal diseases – such as cholera – that infect and kill children and adults in DRC.

A cholera epidemic that started in June 2011 has infected tens of thousands and killed more than 200 people. In the capital, Kinshasa, which has been hit by the epidemic, less than 40 per cent of people have no access to piped water. According to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, 51 million people in DRC live without improved drinking water, and 80 million without improved sanitation.

Malnutrition is widespread in DRC. Without a proper diet, nearly two-thirds of children lack Vitamin A (which allows the immune system to develop) and half suffer from a deficiency of other essential nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin E and Zinc.

With families struggling to survive and the high number of orphans created by war and disease (an estimated 4 million), there are many street children in the DR Congo.

Children must be well nourished, protected and vaccinated against malaria, typhoid fever, cholera, tetanus, measles etc… Access to safe clean water and better sanitation allows the young girls to make their dreams reality.

Patient treatment for Malaria and the course of medication for 3 days costs CF27000 (approx. $30 or 25.00GBP); this amount can vary depending on the hospitals across the capital.

Your donation makes it happen! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/ProsperKassorFoundation 

 

Agriculture Programme

DRC has greater potential than many of its African neighbours to lift its population out of extreme poverty, but its agriculture sector needs wholesale reform, with the support of people like you. Before any of this can be achieved, however, the country must first find peace.

Poverty and food insecurity in DRC is rife. After peace was declared in 2003, the UN reported that up to 1,200 people-a-day were dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases.

Our Pathway to Prosperity approach helps farmers build sustainable livelihoods through a phase-by-phase process to recover, build and grow. Hence, our programme on cash crops and vegetable growing projects.

Please donate any agriculture equipment that you may have.

Our Projects In Need of Funding

There are still a number of projects which require your support in order to bring about the results we want to see in these communities.

Safe Clean Water projects

Establishing Health Care Centre

Building an Orphanage

Educational Projects

Agricultural Projects

Vegetable Growing Projects

Microfinance Projects

Please support us.

Consider giving monthly and make your impact last all year long.

Your gift will save lives and bring hope to people who might otherwise be forgotten.

Contribution to the DRC

We provide the most vulnerable people in the target area with aid that will help them to restore their self-sustainability.

Increase HIV awareness among communities in order to reduce stigma and discrimination and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.

Contribute to the fight against poverty and malnutrition by agricultural activities.

Stimulate and help people clean up their environment and adopt good health and nutrition practices favourable to good health.

Promotion of environmental hygiene and sanitation measures.

Contribute to the education of children, youth and illiteracy of women in poor areas.

Background

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a huge central African country with enormous economic resources. However, extended military conflicts with internal and external armed forces and the collapse of the country’s entire infrastructure have resulted in one of the greatest humanitarian crises in modern times.

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Through its history of DRC has suffered despicable slave trade which brought down the ancient Kingdom of Kongo, through the period of brutal colonial rule, to the more bloody civil wars and mismanagement of its wealth.

Foreign commercial interests have repeatedly manipulated regional and tribal tensions in an effort to destabilise the country in order to plunder its vast natural wealth.

The civil war of 1997-2002 and the continuing conflict in the in the East of the country have produced a humanitarian crisis of enormous dimensions which is having disastrous effects on the lives of the people throughout the country, especially women and the children.

Quick facts

Full name: Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)
Capital: Kinshasa
Population: 74.88 million (2014) World Bank

Total area (sq. km) 2,345,410

Currency: Congolese Francs (CF)

Main languages: French (official), Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba
People: 200+ ethnic groups, of which the majority is Bantu.

Life expectance at birth: Male: (2012) 55 years

Female: (2012) 57 years

Major religions: Roman Catholic (50%), Protestant (20%), Muslim (10%), Kimbanguist (10%), traditional & others (10%)
Natural Wealth: Congo is rich in natural resources. It boasts vast deposits of industrial gem diamonds, cobalt, and copper, niobium, tantalin/ciltan, silver, timber, uranium, coal, petroleum, manganese, tin, zinc; one of the largest forest reserves in Africa; and about half of the hydroelectric potential of the continent.

Agriculture products: coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava, bananas, root crops, maize, fruits, wood products.

Export commodities: diamonds, copper, crude oil, coffee, cobalt.

DRC is bounded to the North by the Central African Republic and South Sudan; to the East by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania; to the Southeast by Zambia; and to the Southwest by Angola. To the West are the country’s short Atlantic coastline, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and Congo (Brazzaville).

 

Registration Number: 9435681