Congo container update

Dear Congo Container supporters,

image001I am happy to report that the ship carrying Dr Luc’s container arrived on schedule in in Dar es Salaam, and a truck carrying the container is now on its way overland through Burundi to Congo. You may have seen the troubling news coverage in recent weeks about civil unrest in Burundi, which caused the borders to close. Happily, the borders are now open. It has been extremely difficult for Dr Luc to communicate with us, due to the political instability in Burundi and also because he’s battling malaria at the moment. More good news: Luc’s wife, Dellisce, assures us that he’s on the mend!

Meanwhile, enjoy viewing Maureen Burdynski’s video, which captures the fun and hard work of our packing days April 10-12 —  Our thanks go to all of you for squeezing precious cargo into every bit of that 40 foot container, made possible by Royal Wolf.

Container4Congo V2 from maureen burdynski on Vimeo.

Due to the security issues in Burundi and Uvira district, South Kivu (DRC), the team of Australian self-funded volunteers that had planned to be on hand for the container’s arrival and distribution of goods has had to cancel those plans. Instead, Maureen Burdynski, Chris Coombes, Lucy Hobgood-Brown, Dr Grace Maano and Dr Vera Sistenich are aiming now to meet with Dr Luc in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa. Their reunion is scheduled for mid-August. You will be able to track their blog on Dr Luc will document the container’s arrival in due course.

If you have any questions about the Congo Container, please contact Dr Luc on or the container champions at HandUp Congo on We will let you know when the container has safely arrived at MHCD in S. Kivu, DRC.

Support is still needed to cover the container’s expenses (approx. $10,000).  If you can assist, with any amount,  please donate by clicking here. Or cut and paste the following link: RAWCS Project 48/2012-13 Medical Aid for Oceania

Under Donation requests, please designate “Congo Container”.  If you are a Rotarian, let us know your club too.

With appreciation to all of you from HandUp Congo and RAWCS –

Jacky Gendre
(that’s me with husband Bruce, after closing the container doors!)