DR Congo

Giving Tuesday is November 28th!

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and it is a special day set aside for giving back after the shopping rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

We want to invite you to take some time this month to reflect on God’s heart for the poor, and to help a child in need the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With your help, we are aiming to reach a goal of $20,000 for the kids in the DR Congo. Thanks to a generous matching grant, every dollar you give will be doubled – up to $10,000!

Free resources

Here are some free resources to help you and your family learn more about the DR Congo. Try downloading one a day, and using the daily verses provided to spend time in prayer during the week leading up to Giving Tuesday.


Watch this powerful story of Ishara, a young girl in the Congo

Learn more about the DRC with this informational coloring sheet

Read stories to learn more about kids’ lives in the DR Congo


Color a backpack, and collect change to provide school supplies for kids in the DRC



Daily verses for reflection

Day 1

Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!” – if you don’t give them the necessities of life? James 2:15-16

Day 2

Learn to do right. See that justice is done — help those who are oppressed, give orphans their rights, and defend widows. Isaiah 1:17

Day 3

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Day 4

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness. Or your righteous One will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:6-8

Day 5

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9

Day 6

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17

Day 7

Then Jesus said to his host . . . When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:14



We sense the great need for the light of Christ in this community. Poverty is the norm. Drugs, disease and hunger are common, and the neighborhood stream acts as the sewage system for thousands of people. We preach the gospel of Christ not only in chapel and in the classroom, but through our actions. Our motive and desire is for a righteous school where lives are transformed.

How can we respond?

We believe quality education is a way out of poverty. An education at our school not only creates opportunities, but it also provides a safe and loving place for children. We also provide proactive preventative health care and nutritious, high-energy porridge for all our primary school students. The ELI Christian Academy currently serves 650 students from grades 1-12. We employ 16 trained teachers, five school administrators, and five staff from the local community. Our half-hectare campus is perched on the side of a steep hillside and has six different levels. The campus hosts a small dirt playing field, 12 semi-permanent classrooms, three toilets, three offices and a small kitchen. We provide quality Christian education for less than any other private school in the area.

ELI Christian Academy is being renewed in many ways under the leadership of Kalondji Mukenya, a former high school principal and a pastor of over 20 years.

How can you get involved?

It takes a village to raise a child, and so it takes many people to raise an entire community. Support our school in DR Congo so we can educate students in the slum of Bukavu, DR Congo and, in turn, empower an entire community.

For $30 per month, three children get to attend school, where they will receive opportunities to escape poverty through education. These children can take what they learn back home and teach their families. Receiving an education also increases their future earning potential by 10 to 20 percent, thus helping their future and their future family.

Your generous gifts help provide the following:

Clothing (uniforms)
One meal a day of nutritious, high-energy porridge
Supplies (textbooks, notebooks, pencils and pens)
Study aids (tutoring for students and training and educational workshops for teachers)
Basic healthcare (including deworming medicine each year)
Spiritual development

Click here to support the school in the DR Congo

Choose “Orphans and Vulnerable Children” and select “DR Congo School”


Why can’t I sponsor one child?

Equality: We want to withdraw from giving the impression that only certain children deserve help. Your sponsorship connects you with all of the children in our school and not just one. We want all of the children to know they are special and not single out specific students.

Community: Through sponsorship of the school, we can share that an individual abroad cares for a community of children, hoping that as a model, those in the community will think beyond paying only for their own child and join in caring more for the school as a whole, thus emphasizing community sacrifice.

Can I write to the children?

Yes! You can write by sending an email to sponsorships@empoweringlives.org. We prefer you to send greetings to the children by email, because it will arrive in DR Congo faster than by regular post mail.

If you are sending a letter via post mail, please address it to ELI, PO Box 67, Upland, CA 91785. The letter will be received by our office, and we will hand it to an ELI staff member or short-term team member heading to Kenya. Once the letter reaches Kenya, it is given to the next person heading to DR Congo. Once the letter is received by a staff member in DR Congo, it will be translated into French and given to the class. One of the students will respond on behalf of the class. People traveling to DR Congo are not frequent, as it is a country often facing conflict. The letter could take several months to reach our school in DR Congo, so your patience is appreciated.

How do I set up automatic payments via credit card or banking card?

Go here to give to our DR Congo school and follow the instructions on the giving form. Choose “Orphans and Vulnerable Children” and select “DR Congo School”

Can I donate via check?

Yes. Checks must be made out to Empowering Lives International (ELI). Please write “DR Congo: Educate a Community” in the memo section. Send checks to ELI, PO Box 67, Upland, CA 91785.