Posts Tagged ‘Congo’

ICC Congo—Project Update

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

The Lord is blessing and protecting ICC’s children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to a recent update from Sharon Fleck, ICC’s director of children’s services, the children are doing well— everyone is healthy. The recent fighting in the country has not spread to the Island of Idjwi where our children are located. While Idjwi is safe, the interior of East Congo and the rural areas are not. Things are starting to move again in Goma, but it is not possible at this time for ICC personnel to visit.

School has started for the children. Our project director, Desire, has been working on getting the Patmos school accredited with the SDA church. The SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo came from Kinshasa, the capital, to visit our school. They are moving forward now with submitting the request to the Union Committee for their approval. Included are some photos of the superintendent’s visit to our school.

SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo

The SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo visits ICC Congo's Patmos Children's Village from the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa.

The project recently hired a psychologist. This has been a real need at this project, and even though it will mean an increase in the project’s budget, it will be a blessing to have someone to help in this area.

Construction on house #9 is continuing as can be seen in the pictures. After this house and the school are built the project is in desperate need of staff housing.

Construction of new children's home at International Children's Care's Patmos Children's Village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Construction of House Nine continues at the Patmos Children's Village

A group of ASI people with a “Share Him” evangelistic group came to visit the project. One of the group members was a sponsor of one of the girls. She promised a cow for the project. The visitors were all excited about the program and went away wanting to get more sponsors. The children sang for them and put on a program.

Children from the Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo sing for visitors from the ASI "Share Him" group

A choir comprised of Patmos children sings for the visiting SDA Educational Superintendent for Congo

We are working on a bio-gas project to replace the burning of wood/charcoal for cooking. An engineer has come out and they are giving us their recommendations for it.

Help Urgently Needed In Congo

Monday, May 21st, 2012

We’ve been receiving disturbing news for the past several weeks from our staff at our Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo. It seems that once again regional civil war has resumed near our project. What you read here reflects the most recent information we have received from our staff in the DR Congo.

A number of officers from the Congolese army have recently joined with, or started their own, rebel paramilitary organizations to oppose the current government of the DR Congo after it was announced by the president of the DR Congo that one rebel commander in particular should be arrested for ‘crimes against humanity.’

The fighting between this rebel commander, his supporters and the Congolese army has reached the city of Goma approximately 40 miles from our children’s village. Over 20,000 refugees from the surrounding territories have fled into Goma or across the border into Rwanda to escape the fighting. In some cases entire villages have been deserted as the occupants flee the conflict.

Worse yet, children are once again being recruited or conscripted to fight for the rebel warlords. Young men of high school and college age are especially being targeted for conscription into the rebel armies.

Our children and young people studying in Goma and at nearby universities as well as our staff in Goma have returned to the children’s village on the island of Idjwi where it is relatively safe. Predictably this has put a significant strain on our budget and supplies at Patmos.

Prices for food and fuel have nearly doubled in a few short weeks and many stores have closed because all staples have become increasingly scarce or simply unavailable. Demand has also increased because farmers are abandoning their fields and farms to escape the fighting and the population of refugees flooding into Goma is swelling dramatically on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.

Frankly we need your immediate help and assistance to deal with this unstable situation. It is vital that we do our best to collect three months worth of supplies at the Patmos Children’s Village so we can weather this storm as we care for our children. Without  your help the future is very uncertain.

Please contact ICC at (800) 422-7729 to make a contribution or use this link — Congo Emergency Supplies Fund — to make a secure online donation at our website. When you donate online be sure to write, “Congo Emergency Supplies” in the description box.

Thanks for much for all you do for “His Kids!”

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We recently received a note from Desire Murhima, our program administrator at the Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo. In it Desire told us of some exciting news from our Patmos Children’s Village. Here is what Desire had to say;

“Three weeks past, we [conducted] an evangelization campaign and we have been blessed with twenty-nine souls.

“We had fifteen [of] our children [from the] Patmos village [accept Jesus] and four new workers like our clinical doctor, our lab-medical technician and … two teachers [from] our university (UNILAI). Continue praying for God’s work on Idjwi Island.”

Baptisms were conducted in Lake Kivu following a recent evangelistic effort at ICC Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo

Some of those who were baptized following a recent evangelistic effort at ICC's Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo

We know that you join us in celebrating the fact that these members of our ICC family have decided to become followers of Jesus.

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

You Can Change Lives In The DR Congo

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

ICC is blessed to have supporters who are willing to act when they see that “His Kids” have a pressing need. And that they want to provide a way for others of our supporters to join them in relieving these needs. Recently we published a story in our newsletters concerning shortfalls in the operating budget for our Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo. Because of the budget issues our staff were only able to feed our children two meals a day.

Children of ICC's Patmos Children's Village

You can make a significant difference in the daily lives of these children and at the same time double your donation! Please read the article to find out how.

This was a not an acceptable situation for one of our supporters. She quickly emailed Doug Congleton, ICC’s executive director, about ways to close the gaps in the Patmos budget. Thanks to this amazing lady’s efforts a revolving matching fund has been created in which you may participate.

Each month, this rotating matching fund will double your donation until a monthly total of one thousand dollars in donations has been acquired. That means that each month your contributions to our Patmos operating budget—regardless of the amount—can become as much as $2000.

This is not an opportunity to be missed. You can make a significant difference for our children at Patmos by becoming a regular contributor to this matching fund. Please contact ICC today and let us know that you want to double the power of your donation to “His Kids” living at our Patmos Children’s Village.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

ICC Congo Erosion Control Project Successfully Completed

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In 2010 and 2011 Desire Murhima and his team worked hard to fight a severe erosion problem at the ICC Patmos Children’s Village. With the financial support of our ICC Europe Chapters and Offices they were able to successfully combat the problem. Canals to control water flow during heavy rain along with small bridges were constructed and new trees and grass was planted. Desire wishes to thank all the donors for their support.

Photo of one of the erosion control canals at the ICC Patmos Children's Village

One of the erosion control canals at the ICC Patmos Children's Village

This year, 2012, Desire wants to expand the project into other parts of the village. The need for erosion control in those areas is not as imperative as it was where erosion control was installed, but still this needs to be done.

Photo of one of the erosion control canals with a bridge across the canal at ICC's Patmos Children's Village

Another view of one of the erosion control canals

Food Is A Luxury In The DR Congo

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Some days it feels as though we are not all living on the same planet. Or as Paul Harvey used to say; “It is not one world.”

A story in the January 3 New York Times, “For Congo Children, Food Today Means None Tomorrow” by Adam Nossiter, caught our attention. It told how parents in the DR Congo can only afford to feed their children just one meal every other day.

This is what Joel Reyes, our public relations director, posted to his Facebook page about how ICC’s children have been effected.

“I hope some of you are able to read this article. It is a reality most of us ignore and some may even think is a myth. We had heard that our children in our ICC Congo project were only eating two meals per day because they didn’t have the budget to provide three [meals per day]. We were horrified when we heard that, however the kids were not complaining. They thought they had it good, and they did considering the rest. They are eating three meals [per day] now.”

Please take a few minutes to read this story. The events in this article are the daily life for millions of people in the DR Congo.

We would also like thank you for supporting “His Kids.” As you can see by this story your support of ICC truly does make a difference.

Here’s the link to the story–
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/world/africa/in-congolese-capital-power-cut-applies-to-food.html

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

Patmos Children’s Village Welcomes Special Guests

Friday, July 15th, 2011

On June 26th, ICC’s Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo hosted a special delegation lead by Pastor, W. Nathanael, General Secretary of the East Central Africa Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. According to our village director, Désiré, Pastor Nathanael was pleased with the Patmos Children’s Village and has promised to interest benefactors upon his return to the Division office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Désiré is hoping that there will be a delegation of church officials from the Division and General Conference when the village church is dedicated in October.

Special Guests Arrive at the Patmos Children's Village

The guests arrive at the Patmos Children's Village.

The guests are welcomed to the Patmos Children's Village

The guests are welcomed to the Patmos Children's Village

The Patmos Pathfinders club welcomes the guests.

The Patmos Pathfinders club welcomes the guests.

The Ceremonies Continue

The ceremonies continue.

IKN New Year’s Reception

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

On Tuesday the 11th of January IKN organized a New Year’s Reception. Around 65 sponsors, volunteers and IKN board members were present at the Festino Party centre in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands.

Live music was performed during the reception

Musicians played live music during IKN's New Year's reception

During the evening five new child sponsors signed up after watching a documentary which was recently made in Romania.

IKN's New Year's reception at Festino Party centre in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands.

IKN's New Year's reception at Festino Party centre in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands

The main goals for the IKN office in 2011 are to raise funds for the food and educational programs of several ICC Children Village’s, support the bakery project in Romania, the building of a secondary school and a water project in Congo, and sent three relief transports to Romania and the Dominican Republic.


Lambro Triantos
Director IKN/ICC Netherlands

ICC Spaghetti Days Once More a Big Hit

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Around 117 people found their way to the ‘Spaghetti Hall’ in Mechelen, for ICC Belgium’s annual Spaghetti Fest. After the busy Spaghetti Fest of 2009, our chef, Wim Dewindt, felt through his entire body that something needed to change. He proposed to organize this year’s festivity over two days.

The hall where the event was held

The hall in Mechelen, Belgium where the spaghetti feed was held

So, this year people were able to enjoy the tasty spaghetti of Wim on Saturday evening, November 20th  and on Sunday afternoon, November 21st, and with success. For ICC Belgium’s Director, Ronny, and his team the work was better divided, less stressful and everything went very smoothly.

Folks at the spaghetti feed enjoying their food.

Patrons of the spaghetti feed enjoy their dinner

The sales table was a huge success too! Denise Luyckx, a member of the Advent church in Mechelen, provided something new to sell: beautiful glass plant coasters on wheels. Next to that she also displayed beautiful Christmas pieces. Carmen and Wim again made some beautiful handmade pieces to sell, and Francine and her friend Dirk were very busy guiding all the sales in a good way.

Items sold at the spaghetti feed

The sales table with the items that were sold at the spaghetti feed

The total profit of these spaghetti days was 1.904,00 euro, around 2.520,00 USD. Thanks to this event we have reached our goal of 10.000,00 euro for the ‘Educational Program’ at the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Congo.

Group photo of the folks who made the spaghetti feed possible

These are the folks who made the spaghetti feed possible

[Top row; L to R] Mario Bornbergen, Jeannine Vermeulen, Wim Dewindt (Chef), Ronny Van Dessel, Carmen Hamel (wife of the chef), Francine Vandenbogaerde, Dirk, Coszack (assistant chef and brother-in-law to Ronny) and Ingrid Van Dessel (Sister of Ronny). [Middle row] Nikki and Lynn Coszack (Nieces of Ronny) and Trees Teughels in the middle. [Front row] Anja Voet and Rita Hamel (sister of Carmen Hamel).

A special thanks to those who made a success of this event. The next appointment is for 2011!

Reported by:
Adelin Vermeulen
Volunteer ICC Belgium

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Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

A Small Church With A Big Heart

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

In 2006, ICC began a special sponsorship campaign called “One Church, One Child.” Since the start of this program, many churches, big and small, have partnered with ICC in providing for the care of orphaned and vulnerable children. This initiative continues to be a blessing for ICC’s children.

An exterior view of the Portales, NM, SDA church.

The Portales, New Mexico, SDA church.

Recently, our attention was drawn to one particular church that has a big (and growing) heart for “His Kids.” This church of 22 members, most on fixed incomes, is located in the small town of Portales, New Mexico. In January of 2007, this church joined ICC’s One Church, One Child campaign. Accompanying their most recent sponsorship donation was a note which read:

“Because God has blessed our group we are adding funds for two more children. So now we will be paying for eight children each month instead of six.”

The ever expanding generosity of this church merited further investigation. What was this church like? What caused the members to continue to expand their support far beyond the original scope of only sponsoring one child?

Interior view of the Portales, New Mexico, SDA church.

The congregation of the Portales, New Mexico, SDA church during services.

One of the church members, Merlene Olmsted, provided insights into how the church’s involvement with ICC has grown over the years. She said that the church decided to sponsor two children at the beginning. “We didn’t even know how it would go,” Merlene recalled.

As time passed, support increased. Merlene continued, “We would be going along and the church treasurer would say, ‘We have this much money, and we’re way ahead. Why don’t we sponsor more children?’”

About once a quarter, Merlene shares with the church news or information from the Que Pasa newsletter, ICC’s website or something one of the sponsored children has written. Recently, at an evening board meeting after one of those presentations was made, the treasurer indicated that there was $1,000 in the sponsorship fund for the children and there was only a few months left in the year. The board decided then to sponsor two more children bringing the total number to eight. That is more than one third of the church’s membership! With these latest additions, the church now sponsors three children in Congo, two children in the Dominican Republic and one child each from Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Int’l Development Director ICC