This week we followed 80 children’s nutritional condition. We detected 5 unusual cases. 3 children presented with signs of malnutrition who were referred to the CARMEL health and nutrition center. 1 child with a hernia was referred to HEAL Africa hospital. 1 other case of a child with cardio-vascular problems for which we have no solution, as there isn’t appropriate care available here, a challenge to address.
The mothers of sick children are accompanied by the counselors at HOLD. The goal is to make them more able to take care of their children psychologically, especially for the child with a cardiac problem. They also learn the basic rules of nutrition, so they’re better able to provide better nutrition to their children, with or without our help.
75 women learned about reproductive health and the transmission of HIV from mother to child during childbirth. In prenatal counseling 46 women became aware of family planning and the use of various contraceptive methods.
The members of the sixth cohort organized into three support groups: one for survivors of sexual violence, another for abandoned women, and one for teen mothers who had been rejected by their families and communities. 13 women from the support group for women survivors of sexual violence had a session on the topic of « the life of a child born of rape and those around them ».
There is a severe lack of water these days in the city of Goma. The majority of the population has to go to the Lake Kivu for their water supply. We realize that there aren’t sanitary agents who are supposed to put chlorine in the water to reduce bacteria. The consequence is that the population of Goma is exposed to numerous cases of diseases.
The beneficiaries learning Culinary Arts learned basics of hotelry. They learned how to set a formal table, but also the international standards. This project aims to prepare the beneficiaries to use what they’re learning anywhere they go. They also learned the importance of vitamins in different ingredients we use as spices in our food recipes.
30 children of women in the sixth cohort have learned basic practices of personal hygiene to prevent diseases.
One of the strengths of HOLD’s program are its people and the personal interest it takes in each candidate. There is follow-up and follow-through. Impromptu home visits tell the truth. Three women were removed from the program, as they’d pretended to be vulnerable but actually were not. They were immediately replaced by vulnerable women on the waiting list.
We also got a visit from WHITNEY GRACE, of GNAJ LABEL, a Fashion Designer from Kampala, Uganda. She was with the girls at HOLD, and taught basic techniques of Fashion design, a way for her to help them better earn their living!
In this pre-election period in the DR Congo, HOLD receives regular visits from various candidates in the city of Goma. In order to create more responsible voters, HOLD is holding many sessions of awareness about the qualities of a good candidate.
Some of these include: For whom, how and why vote?
HOLD encourages female candidates to respect the principles of millennium goals and make of the Congolese state a state ruled by the Law.
88 graduates from the 5th cohort received their diplomas to mark the end of their training and the start of their professional life. These diplomas co-signed by the Division of Social Services of our country will give them an opening to the working world and to private business.
Summer Environment Camp continues 3 days a week for 30 children, as HOLD-DRC partners with (APN) (Friends Protecting Nature). At camp, the children learn basics about protecting the ecosystem, protecting the flora and fauna. They watch and discuss films on the subject.
The XIVth World Agro-Forestry Conference will be held in Durban, South Africa. With the support of 2050kids, DR Congo will be represented by HOLD(3) and APN(1).