Working in a place like the DRC takes patience and vision. Assess the circumstances alone, and you might just leave.
The success of any work relies on building relationship first. Without a direct connection to and investment in the people at work in Africa, efforts fall short.
Sister Alvera leads the Flame of Love Orphanage. She has cared for these children for a long time because, while this group of orphans is small, their lives are significant. Last fall, we invested financially in the immediate need for a new dormitory and kitchen. Construction has concluded.
Months back, Sister Alvera and DRC Country Director, Denis championed sustainability efforts and assessed the purchase of farmland to both teach students agricultural skills and grow produce to sell. Denis and Sister Alvera are determining that this agricultural program could make enough money to significantly reduce the orphanage’s overall operations costs.
Today, the orphanage is growing a potato farm that helps feed the orphans in Sister Alvera’s care!