Give a Duck
In Lotumbe, there is a hamlet of Pygmies, 106 of whom are orphans.
The Lotumbe Community Development Committee, on behalf of the 106 Pygmy orphans, asked HandUp Congo for help in finding the seed money for a special project.
These children, 40 boys and 66 girls, aged from 6 to 18, have been orphaned by disease such as Ebola, AIDS or measles or cholera or accidents or warfare. In Lotumbe, there is no orphanage. It is up to the community to provide care for them.
The orphans want to attend school to improve their chances for a better life. However, government policy states that each child must pay school fees, have a school uniform and contribute to teacher stipend, in order to attend school. This costs $Aust 20 per year per student. The Pygmy orphans do not have $20. They do not have any money.
However, these orphans have a BIG idea. They want to raise ducks to sell the eggs. They want to raise fruit trees to sell the fruit. They can sell these products at the local and other nearby riverside markets.
This proactive social enterprise will improve their nutrition as well as an income, leading to positive change.
HandUp Congo is seeking seed money to support this initiative. Ducks cost $Aust 7 each and a fruit tree is $Aust 1.50. Money is needed for vet care and vaccines for domestic fowls. In addition, farming equipment, such as hoes, machetes and spades are needed.
Australians receive tax deductibility.
Any donation will be gratefully received and used to help the Pygmy orphans help themselves.