Lac Vert Environment

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Screenshot from http://www.thecongotree.org.uk/featured/dec-2014-newsletter/

Excerpt from the TheCongoTree.org.uk Newsletter Issue 4: Dec 2014

Rudi International are running their Christmas programme again for young people and their families in the Lac Vert area of Goma: once an IDP camp but now a fixed abode for many households. This year, in addition to their celebrations and providing food on Christmas Day, they hope to increase their education programmes for young people and to run creative workshops for young people and mothers in the community. 10 of The Congo Tree team will be supporting the project and volunteering over the Christmas period along with Arsène and Medi, who are organising it.


Logo Give Them A Smile 2014 in L'Shi

[FR] Dans le cadre du project Christmas Project 2014, notre volontaire Trésor Tshilumba a présidé la campagne Give Them a Smile 2014 qui a été présentée à laLa Radio Télé Canal Lubumbashi la semaine du 15 décembre 2014.  La RTCL émet dans la capitale du Katanga au sud de la République Démocratique du Congo. Cliquez sur les liens suivants pour écouter les éléments audio de la présentation sur FM 97.0Mhz:

[ENG] As part of the Christmas Project 2014, Rudi’s volunteer Trésor Tshilumba led the campaign Give Them a Smile in the Katanga province of the DRC. Please click below for an audio of the interview on FM 97.0Mhz:

RTC Lubumbashi 97.0Mhz

From our friends at Adopting Divine Moments:

I believe He has called me to be voice for education in the DR Congo.  Rudi International, one of the organizations I volunteer for, shared this testimony from a mother who is able to send her child to school through their program:

I am thankful to God for your ministry. We are blessed and we pray for more blessings from the Lord to you and to all your friends. We will be praying for our kids to succeed at school and we will be praying for the work of your hands. May the Lod God bless you abundantly.

A mom just like me, who received a blessing from someone who said yes, I can give a little.  Someone made a sacrifice and was an answer to that mom’s prayer a continent away.  That is just how God works, which gives me a few Godbumps.  What an aroma to God?!

That is why, once again, you will see my Facebook page light up with a last rally call plea for 12 more children.  I believe God has chosen to use this earthen vessel to be a voice for this group of children.  Our kickstarter campaign through July/Aguust was a great success!  So many students are now going to school because you gave.  Unfortunately, our partner Mwangaza is lacking funds toward the close of their back to school campaign “Make a Dream come true” and there are still 12 children who need sponsored.  3 of those children have been sponsored so far as we unite together once more.  A 4th student, is just $60 away from a full sponsorship.  Any amount could make a difference in the life of a child.  If you have been thinking about sponsoring, this is the time to think about it again.  Some of you may be already sponsoring a child or are unable to give.  I ask that you please pray that God will rise up the sponsors for these children, just as He rose up Esther to deliver her people.  Mwangaza’s campaign ends September 30th so we just have 9 more days.

We each have a voice and can choose not to remain silent, standing up for those that need deliverance.  Who knows, maybe God put you into the position you are in, for just a time such as this.  To pray, to share the need on your social media and be a voice, or to give.  Or maybe it is time for you to yield and say yes to the stirrings you know He has uniquely placed on your heart.

Today, I invite you to connect here, to this place in Lac Vert, DR Congo.  Here is the secure link where you can donate: https://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=333069.  If you would like to join our team and rally for one or more of these students you can set up your own fundraising page and join our team at this link: https://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=37243  Just click the blue “Join Team” button to set up your own fundraising page you can share with your network.

Adopting Divine Moments for 12

When my friend asked if I could write something about why our family chose to sponsor children’s schooling through Rudi International I said yes but honestly wasn’t sure what I would write. I don’t really have a grand story to tell. There was no writing on the wall or a burning bush moment. There was just a post on facebook last year that asked for sponsors and I thought – we can do that.  A couple of clicks later and the money was sent.

The needs of this world can be overwhelming, and the incredible disparity between those who have so much and those who have so little has bothered me since I was a small child and bothers me still. It seems unreal that some are given more than enough and some are given not enough at all. It’s unthinkable that where you happen to be born can be the difference between life and death.

A carpenter from Nazareth once said that if you have two coats you should give one to the person who has none. That’s pretty simple isn’t it? If you’re in the “more than enough” category, give something to someone in the “not enough at all” category.

I have two children. We’ll have a choice to send them to free public education or utilize a private school. Meanwhile, somewhere else on this planet, is a parent or grandparent who doesn’t have either choice. I have extra, they have none. And I can change that equation. I can take from my excess and give where there is a void.

Education should be available to every child. And Rudi International provides us the means to help that “should” become a reality for some amazing kids who absolutely deserve that chance. It’s so simple you don’t need a burning bush to explain it.

– Wendi

L'amour est patient, il est plein de bonté, l'amour. Il n'est pas envieux, il ne cherche pas à se faire valoir, il ne s'enfle pas d'orgueil. Il ne fait rien d'inconvenant. Il ne cherche pas son propre intérêt, il ne s'aigrit pas contre les autres, il ne trame pas le mal.  L'injustice l'attriste, la vérité le réjouit.  En toute occasion, il pardonne, il fait confiance, il espère, il persévère. L'amour n'aura pas de fin. Les prophéties cesseront, les langues inconnues prendront fin, et la connaissance particulière cessera.

L’amour est patient, il est plein de bonté, l’amour. Il n’est pas envieux, il ne cherche pas à se faire valoir, il ne s’enfle pas d’orgueil.
Il ne fait rien d’inconvenant. Il ne cherche pas son propre intérêt, il ne s’aigrit pas contre les autres, il ne trame pas le mal.
L’injustice l’attriste, la vérité le réjouit.
En toute occasion, il pardonne, il fait confiance, il espère, il persévère.
L’amour n’aura pas de fin. Les prophéties cesseront, les langues inconnues prendront fin, et la connaissance particulière cessera. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


“It’s so simple you don’t need a burning bush to explain it.” – Wendi

33 more days left….

Only 33 more days left to meet my goal to sponsor 30 children for school in the Goma area.  Currently the Divine Moments community has sponsored almost 18 children!!  I am so excited.  Just 12 more children sponsored will meet my goal.  ANY AMOUNT HELPS and this is a ONE TIME DONATION.  If you can’t give will SHARE about this amazing group of children who need sponsors?!  The best part is being matched with a child and getting updates through out the school year.  I love sponsoring through Rudi International and you can read more about why here: Do Something!


Over the past 3 years, Rudi International has been able to provide access to education to 32 children whose parents could not afford fees for school and supplies. These children and what’s left of their families live in one of the poorest communities of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Having started with just a vision, Rudi was able to provide school fees and supplies for 16 children in their first school year, then to 16 more children the second year.

Thanks to a close partnership with individuals and organizations across multiple countries, and by the grace of God, the team of volunteers at Rudi International considers it a privilege to serve the children in Lac Vert, their families, and the community around the school through outreach events throughout the school year and other ongoing projects. Dot’s partnership will fund the 33rd child this year, and we’re excited to walk beside Rudi as they add children in the years to come. Learn more about the work Rudi International does in Congo by visiting rudiinternational.org.


Jackson Free Press just published an article on Rudi International Co-Founder and President Alain-Daniel Wa-Baguma. You can read the full article at this link.

Aside from school and church, Wa-Baguma is the president and co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Rudi International. Rudi, which is Swahili for return, is an organization, which began three years ago, that helps connect the African Diaspora to the needs in Africa.

“What’s a way you can return home either by physically returning and contributing to the development or even financially or through leadership and mentorship?” Wa-Baguma says. “Rudi encapsulates everything.”

Rudi International helps children further their education and schooling. It aids 32 kids with school supplies, uniforms and tuition. The children range from first grade to the eighth grade. Rudi also helps provide counseling to people dealing with trauma from this war-torn region of the country and teaches women and girls how to steer off predators.

Though the organization doesn’t have an office, it has several sponsors across the United States and some in Europe, Asia and Africa. Wa-Baguma started Rudi International as a way to make contributions to his home from miles away. “I wanted to make awareness of the difficulties in my country,” Wa-Baguma says. “I wanted to impact the place where I am and the place I am from.” (More Dudes We Dig in http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2014/jun/11/dudes-we-dig/)

Alain-Daniel Wa-Baguma, President and Co-Founder at Rudi International http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/photos/2014/jun/11/17700/

Alain-Daniel Wa-Baguma, President and Co-Founder at Rudi International

Jackson Free Press

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Friends Of The Congo

In recognition of the commitment and efforts displayed in the successful organization of a “Girls in ICT Day” event on 26 April 2012, raising awareness about fostering interests of girls and young women in opportunities offered by ICT sector, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) has awarded a certificate of recognition to Rudi International, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some links to their website where Rudi is mentioned:

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)