New Program to Help Ophans and Vulnerable Children in DR. Congo
According to UNICEF, an estimated 800,000 orphans and other vulnerable children between the ages 0 and 17 Years are living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNICEF 2012). Children are further affected because armed rebel groups take advantage of the insecurity in the region and force children to join their rebel group. At least 60,000 school children are at risk of being recruited. https://www.unicef.org/drcongo/en/press-releases/thousands-children-continue-be-used-child-soldiers
There are many children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied due to the war or Ebola epidemic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo offers no social services. Every home has lost family members. Many children have no one to care for them and are left to wander the streets looking for food. Widows are left to scramble for money (usually resorting to prostitution) and to protect themselves from rape. Umoja Family Connection is working closely with partners and communities to rapidly identify affected children and tailor support to address their extensive physical, psychological and social needs.
UMOFAC has been assisting the children of the victims of multiple wars that happened in Congo since 2003 until now in providing education, food, shelt, and a new orphanage is under construction.
Social and economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups
Considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UMOFAC contributes to investing in accessibility and social inclusion in all spheres of life; and empower disadvantaged groups, women especially, including people with disabilities, indigenous people, migrants, teen single mothers by applying economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality and standard of living.
Program to Help refugees who recently arrived in the United States
UMOFAC is taking care of refugees who arrive for the first time by helping them in their first steps by providing for them different services including:
• Find housing, or shelter
• Take them to different appointments
• Immigration, hospital and so forth In order for them to easily reintegrate the American society.
It is for this reason that UMOFAC is currently doing all it best to refurbish a duplex on 1106-1108, 9th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204, where refugees may stay for a period of at least six months.