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FMSI mission to Congo, Rwanda and Kenya

28/04/2011: General House - Photo gallery

From the 28th March to the 8th April, Angela Petenzi, FMSI project coordinator, carried out a mission to Congo DR, Rwanda and Kenya, to supervise the projects that FMSI has recently financed there together with other donor agencies.

In Nairobi (Kenya), Angela visited the educational centre promoted by the Uprising Youth Group, for the children and young people living in the Majengo slums. The Uprising Youth Group is an association of local young people who used to be members of baby gangs and are now committed to the benefit of the new generations. Their objective is to prevent boys and girls from experiencing the same violence and lack of opportunities for their future. FMSI granted the equipment of a study room for the educational centre, where the children and young people can study, get together and promote formation activities. The centre is self-sufficient thanks to the volunteer work and small income generating activities such as photocopies, car washing, stock breeding.

Angela’s visit in Nairobi continued at the Marist International Centre (MIC), the institute established by the Marist Brothers to offer university courses in the areas of education, social work, economics and management. The MIC caters for students proceeding from all the countries of Africa. At the MIC FMSI has recently offered courses on Child Rights to African educators and social operators.

The visit to Rwanda was aimed at the primary school of Bukomero (at about 50 kilometres from Kigali) and the vocational centre of Rwabuye. Both the educational centres benefited from FMSI’s grants for the refurbishment of the premises and the purchase of didactic materials. Furthermore, a project for the rehabilitation of the carpentry laboratory of Rwabuye vocational centre will start soon. With its skill training courses in carpentry, cookery, tailoring and hairdressing, Rwabuye centre offers an important opportunity for access to the workforce to the most disadvantaged youth of the area. 

The visit to the democratic Republic of Congo was aimed at monitoring two projects currently being carried out in South Kivu, namely in Nyangezi and Bobandana Minova. The project in Nyangezi was co-financed by the European Commission and implemented in collaboration with Amici dei Popoli, an Italian NGO. Its objectives were the following: the refurbishment of the primary school classrooms of Weza Institute; the professional upgrade of the teachers of 23 primary schools of the area; a programme for the return to school of children who couldn’t attend the school due to the civil war and their family and economic situation. The opening of the new classrooms of Weza Institute was celebrated during the visit before the local authorities and the representatives of all the schools participating in the project.

The project in Bobandana Minova area was co-financed by PMK Kindermissionswerk (the children relief organization of the Catholic Church in Germany). It was aimed at the reconstruction of the school for the former refugees of Bitonga. Both the communities of Bitonga and Nyangezi gave a very friendly welcome to Angela Petenzi and the Marist Brothers travelling with her. The meetings between the FMSI delegation and the local leaders were fruitful and allowed us to plan the follow up of the projects.

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