In 2005, Mr. Mikhael Missakabo, a native of Katanga, travelled to Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) and met with the people of the three villages of Katebi, Kazembe and Nzilo, in south-central Katanga. During that meeting, the villagers identified the lack of access to clean water and to medical facilities as their most pressing concerns. Malaria, water-born intestinal illnesses, and post-natal infections all take a heavy toll on the health of villagers.
Over the years, thanks to Pamoja’s friends’ support from Caritas International, an umbrella organization that unites numerous Catholic aid organizations worldwide, and MYFA, a Katanga based community help organization, we have been able to continually supply the three villages with needed Anti Malaria Mosquito Nets and Sterile Birthing Kits for expectant mothers as preventative measures against malaria and post natal infections.
In 2008, Pamoja funded the testing of the existing wells in the villages. Three of the five wells were discovered to be contaminated with e-coli. In 2010, Pamoja provided all homes in the three villages with LifeStraw® water filtration units.
In partnership with Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, and Arup, Toronto, an engineering consultancy, Pamoja is building a school and a clinic in the village of Katebi in the province of Katanga, beginning in the summer of 2012. The medical clinic and the school will serve the community of some 600 adults and children across three villages and other small population centers in the area. Read more…
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