Archive for January, 2009

Guatemala Graduation

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Eight children from the Los PInos Children’s Village in Guatemala recently graduated from the ICAP school on the adjoining campus.  Two ICC staff children graduated as well.

This year, all but one of the ICC graduates completed degrees in teaching.  The other one graduated from the mechanics course.  Two of the students have accepted teaching positions in Puerto Barrios (Guatemala) while some of the others plan to attend University when possible to further their studies. 

Congratuations to these ICC children as they’ve completed an important chapter in their lives!

Guatemala Graduates

Guatemala Graduates

Congo Update

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Here is a brief update on the ICC Project in Congo.

 

1. Fighting in the Eastern part of Congo has been ongoing over the past few months as Rebel and Government forces continuing a long struggle for control over the region.  This has displaced many citizens and has caused hardships for our project.  At one point, there was concern that fighting would come to the island and disrupt our project.  Fortunately, this has not happened.  Overall there is still turmoil in the country.  However, there is a certain  “stable instability” now as there hasn’t been any further escalation of violence that has threatened the project.

 

2. Securing food for the children continue to be a challenge.  From what we understand, the director has to find much of the food supply in an area near Uganda.  Of course this is challenging because ICC doesn’t have a vehicle on the mainland to do much transporting of supplies.  A vehicle has to be rented.  Though we need to purchase our own vehicle there isn’t sufficient funds and we are concerned that if a vehicle is purchased it may be easily stolen.

 

3. When the fighting erupted, four of ICC’s children, who were attending school on the mainland, vanished and for a time, we were uncertain where they were.  However, they were found and have been transferred to the Patmos children’s village where it is safer.  Once challenge we have now is that the older children (soon to be six of them) need to go to secondary school in Goma (on the mainland) and we don’t really have adequate housing for them.  To find a place will cost $150 month plus salary for someone to supervise them. 

 

4. Repairs are needed on the boat that is used to transport goods to the island.  These repairs will cost approximately $1,000 but are only a temporary fix.

 

We will continue to update the blog with news from Congo as it is available.