The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the richest countries in the world in natural resources. Its people are among the poorest. Exploitation of the Congo’s resources by the Western world dates back to King Leopold of Belgium who established military camps to extort rubber and tusks from villagers. Resource exploitation continues today, especially with coltan, which is used in electronic devices. Armed conflicts in the Congo’s mineral rich regions have killed millions and left pervasive poverty in their wake.
Most schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in dire condition. This is the result of extreme poverty, internal conflicts and a lack of funding for education, despite the Congo’s mineral wealth.
Primary and secondary schools are surviving because of the determination of parents, teachers and church leaders. Bayabi Foundation believes that all children deserve quality schools in which to thrive. Because of this, the Bayabi Foundation want to help Congolese people to build and organize primary and secondary schools together with the parents and teachers. One of our goals is to have more secondary schools which will open and share the new school buildings with the primary school (primary students attending in the morning and secondary in the afternoon). Because previously, students dropped out at the end of sixth grade or walked many miles to the nearest high school.
Even though these schools are public schools, there is no regular source of funding (either public or private) for construction, books, scholarships, teacher training or transportation to remote schools. Your help is much needed to support these schools.
In 3 provinces in western Congo: Bandundu (14 schools), Equateur (10 schools) and Kinshasa (1 school). The Bayabi Foundation has projects in all of those provinces.