Helping kids in one of the most dangerous regions in the world
In the last few months I have been working in the democratic republic of Congo With an Italian Organisation (Fondazione Cariello Corbino) that has been helping the Local Hero, Passy Mahano to take care and give a better chance for a dignify life to 73 children that have been victimised by the imminent violence of the region.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been ravaged by violent conflicts for decades. More than 6 million people have died as a result of these wars, and although the so-called Congo War was declared ended in 2003, the violence has continued in the east, and innocent people are killed every day, with almost no acknowledgement from the rest of the world. Mass rapes, killings, torture, displacement, enlistment of children into the militias are all common occurrences. In the midst of all this horror, there are courageous Congolese people who dedicate their lives to helping the victims: Passy Mahano is one of these people.
Passy's kids are all victims of these terrible conflicts. They range in age from newborn babies, whose mothers died in childbirth, to 15 years. Passy gave up her studies in order to provide a home for them, but they were living in a particularly dangerous area, where armed groups roam the streets. Our initial goal was to provide a safe and happy home for the children in a more secure area in the world famous Virunga Park. Stage 1 of the project has been completed - the first dormitory has been constructed, the second in in progress, and the children have all moved into their new, safer home at Rumangabo.
I am very happy to collaborate with this project and donate my skills and my time to create awareness and help with Passy and her kids. We are producing a series of exhibitions in NYC, Italy and London to raise funds to continue this project, If you want to know more about the project, and how to donate, Please go to: www.http://fondazionecariellocorbino.org www.passys-kids.com