Life in the Congo is harsh. People are fleeing their homes at a worrying pace as worsening violence and rampant diseases like ebola, polio and cholera destroy lives and livelihoods across the country.
Latest reports indicate that over 800,000 people have left the country since 1994, and these refugees settle wherever they are welcome, including Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In Zambia alone we are anticipating an influx of more than 50,000 refugees from the Congo by the end of 2018. One area where the new refugees will be settled is in a camp called Meheba in Northern Zambia.
During a recent visit to Zambia (17-20 September 2018) I met with the representatives of UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) and UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund) in Zambia and discussed the situation. They are willing to work with ADRA Zambia to help refugees in the Meheba camp. This is an older camp and in desperate need of refurbishment. The Meheba Refugee Camp was opened in 1971 near the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
We have helped ADRA Zambia set up a sub-office at the camp to co-ordinate its work in this camp. ADRA is now working there to provide refugees with education, health and agricultural facilities so that they can one day go back home, integrate locally or settle in a third country. To set up the sub-office and have one staff member attending co-ordination meetings and positioning ADRA to work with UNHCR and UNICEF in this camp we need £10,000. This would provide a one-year budget.
When I was there I promised Kennedy Habasimibi, the country director of ADRA Zambia, to find the money. We now have a working office in Meheba. Will you help support this important project in Zambia? Why not give a gift this Christmas that will change people’s lives!
Simply text MEHC18 £10 to 70070 to donate to ADRA and make a difference today. You can also donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/meheba.
Written by: Bert Smit (Chief Executive Officer)