Journey of a Congolese Child: A University ExperienceApril 20, 2016 by Diana Coombs
Brought to you by dedicated students and leaders at East Stroudsburg University, PA.
A child in the D.R. Congo…
Born into a land of great natural beauty, a farm, a home.
Yet the child’s path winds quickly through dangerous and unexpected turns.
Through war and the death of a father,
Sickness and the death of a mother,
Poverty and the loss of her home.
She makes her way to an urban slum.
Her path continues downward.
Her siblings split up among relatives,
Her uncle and caretaker is the most abusive.
Perhaps it is better to live on the streets?
It is a scary, uncertain, and treacherous path,
Yet it is all too common in the D.R. Congo.
Can these children find hope again?
We believe that they can! This is the work of the ELI school in the slum of Bukavu, D.R. Congo – to provide hope, food, health, and opportunities to those who thought they had lost it all.
Thanks to wonderful partners in the United States, the reality of life in the D.R. Congo is being shared. The photos you see here were created for a demonstration at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Students in the art class of Dr. Darlene Farris-Labarr and in the Social work with Communities and Organizations class of Dr. Laurene Clossey worked together to help spread awareness on their campus. Together, these students decided to take a stand for justice and for hope in the D.R. Congo by supporting Empowering Lives and sharing with their community. Thank you, ESU!
Share the stories, support leaders who are making a difference in communities on the ground, learn more, and stand up for justice and hope in our world. These are ways you can be a part of the ELI Community today!
Also, check out our Kids’ Program for 2016, where kids here can help send kids in the D.R. Congo to school!