We provide school support to the most vulnerable children (children in situation of handicap, mistreated children, orphans, former child soldiers, children descended of underprivileged families, etc.) through education sponsorship scheme. Apart from paying their school fees, the kids benefit from a series of after school activities that broaden their perspective on life beyond the classroom (Christmas Project, Summer Art Camp and Children’s Participation Activities).
1. Christmas Project: Christmas Project is a special and unique opportunity in the area where parents are not able to offer anything on this special day for their kids.
This project reaches beyond the ministry of the children in the education program. Through this event each year, the children are invited to gather, rejoice and to have fun, enjoying the holiday together. The Christmas Project was launched in 2014 in the cities of Uvira and Fizi as an outreach to the entire community.
2. Children’s Summer Art Camp: The Summer Art Camp Project is a summer school for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 16 years old. For one month, children and young people attend the project 6 days per week, learning new artistic and creative skills, hearing teachings on teamwork and leadership, and having lots of fun together.
This project aims to promote the values of peace, active non-violence and the peaceful co-existence of all peoples through the expressions of children in the arts (Drawing, Painting, Cinema, Theatre, Dance, Poetry, etc…).
Providing educational activities for children and young people during school holidays is not just a nice thing to do. In fact, it is really important to us: this is a time when children may be required to work or spend all day on the streets, where they are at risk from many things. Giving them a place to go, food to eat and activities to get involved with protects them for a little bit longer and equips them for life in new ways.
3. Children’s Participation Activities: Every child across the world is suffering the effects of abuse, neglect and poverty. Many children’s lives are characterised by physical, emotional and sexual violence and abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, early marriage and childbirth, forced labour, trafficking and other fundamental violations of human rights and dignity. Other children, whilst loved, may go hungry, victims of famine, conflict and other situations beyond their control.
The institutions established to nurture and protect them (for example families, schools, health clinics) are often the very sources of harm. Not recognised as competent actors, seen only as adults-in-waiting, children are victims of their circumstances rather than agents of chance. We believe that given the chance, children can play a critical role in solving the problems they face.
When Children work together, they can change their world. Children’s participation is a key means through which children can release their rights and Flamme d’Avenir works to promote it.
As you can see, through this program we are striving to help continue supporting these children by bringing them Salvation through the message of the Gospel, meeting their social needs, and creating a sustainable future for them. We ask that you would prayerfully consider helping bear this burden through prayer and as the Lord leads you by donating to support this program.