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Together in Gemena

On Location with Covenant Kids Congo

Photographs by: Luke Johnson | September 26, 2016

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the Partners

Since 2012, the Covenant has partnered with World Vision through Covenant Kids Congo, a child sponsorship program in Gemena, DR Congo. The comprehensive community development program builds infrastructure for water, health, education, and agriculture and engages in advocacy. Not only is each child profoundly impacted, the entire community is transformed. On a recent vision trip to the area, the CKC team saw evidence of the change taking place in the lives of children and their families. There is good news and much reason for hope. But CKC is not a two- or five-year program. It’s about community transformation over a twelve- to eighteen-year period.

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Building Community

Our partnership includes everything from worshiping God together to addressing the crucial need for clean water. Bernadette used to walk a mile on a dangerous path to get water from a dirty stream for her family. Now, thanks to CKC and partner Congolese churches, she can fill her jug at a new water kiosk only minutes from her home.

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Bernadette getting water

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Food Security

Groups of mothers of sponsored children learn how to grow, cook, and prepare nutritious food—critical skills in an area where far too many children die of malnutrition and preventable disease. They grow vegetables to feed their families and to sell, learning how to get a good price at the local market.

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To partner with this life-changing work, go to CovChurch.org/covenantkidscongo.

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About the Author

  • Diana Trautwein

    Diana Trautwein is a retired Covenant pastor who offers spiritual direction from her small study or by Skype. She lives on the central coast of California with her husband, Richard, where they attend Montecito Covenant Church. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys taking her elderly mom, who suffers from dementia, out to lunch every week. She blogs at Just Wondering (dianatrautwein.com).

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