“Still today, I remember the first Christmas I spent in the home.” Those were the touching words of Claribel as she recently reflected on what it was like when she arrived as a young girl at the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic. Poverty has a way of Read more…
D.R. Congo – Patmos Children’s Village
The DRC is a study in contrasts. While the country is rich in natural resources, having extensive deposits of precious minerals and vast tropical forests, corruption and tribal wars have created extreme poverty and lead to the loss of lives of millions of DRC’s citizens. Often it is the very young who suffer the most.
ICC became aware of the plight of these children through Dr. Barry Wecker, a Canadian. Dr. Wecker had met with the director of an organization in the DRC called PROLASA, which was formed to build and operate medical clinics. At the end of 2001, PROLASA contacted ICC, through Dr. Wecker, to see if there was any possibility that ICC could help care for approximately 200 orphan children.
A short time later, a site was located on the Island of Idjwi in the middle of Lake Kivu, where a children’s village could be constructed as a safe haven for orphaned children. This project is ICC’s largest in terms of numbers of children. The needs are great in this country. As funds allow, ICC will continue to develop this children’s village so that even more orphaned and abandoned children can experience the joy of being a part of the ICC family.