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Collaboration with the Action for the Integral Development of Handicapped People
Since 2005,  Congo Action has been working in partnership with Pere  Andre Thijs ,  from “Les Missionnaires d’Afrique” and with the association named  “ADIPH” ( “ Action pour le Developpement Integral des Personnes   Handicappees”), both based in Bukavu, Kivu. They refer to Congo Action  hundreds of disabled children and adults, in need of medical and  orthopaedic treatment (not financed by the State).  They also refer  groups of disabled people willing to better themselves by taking up a  trade, (such as sewing, or making handicraft goods) who are in need of  financial back up to set up their trade.
Pere Andre Thijs  is a Catholic missionary who has spent 49 years working in the DRC, and  remains in active service in the town of Bukavu, Kivu. He works very  closely with groups of disabled people, a lot of them having suffered  from polio in their childhood. Andre works incessantly at providing help  for these unfortunate people, by financing their medical treatment, or  medical adaptations, financing sewing workshops and professional  training and continually visiting and supporting them morally and  physically. ( The "handicapped " people in the DRC receive no help  whatsoever from the government).
Congo Action gets frequent referrals  from Andre and funds much of his work. We receive regular feedback from  the work acheived as well as receipts for the money spent on  adaptations and medical interventions.
We  have just heard the news that Pere Andre will retire at the end of 2016  when he will have had his 80th birthday. Happy retirement and well  deserved but we are so sad to see you go!
Visit to the projects for disabled people sponsored by Congo Action
During the recent visit to the Congo Martine and Pat were pleased to be able to visit some of the people and projects Congo Action support amonst the disabled.
Evelyne and Neema
are two of the disabled young girls trained & sponsored by Congo Action in dressmaking.  Pat and Martine much admired their finished work!
Disabled Workshop Group
Photos of the members of the Disabled Workshop with Pat and Martine
Martine & Pat with Oliver at the home for disabled young people at Nyatende, South Kivu.
Oliver used to have to walk everywhere on his knees. He has now been provided with a tricycle, making his life a lot more bearable
is also at the Nyatende center. Her legs were damaged following a failed or poor operation. She is so happy trying out her new tricycle which has been given to her by Raymond, from ADIPH, and financed by Congo Action
is from Walungu which is 75 kms from Bukavu. Just after finishing her secondary school studies, Euphrasie lost the use of her legs following an accident. She is seen here with Raymond (left) and her parents receiving the wheelchair recently bught by Congo Action.
Life in the DRC  as a disabled person often means a life of misery and utmost dependence  on their relatives. Congo Action is well aware of the plight of disabled  people, so neglected by the state and so often treated as second class  citizens. With the little funds that we received from our donors in the  UK, we immediately put them to use and we know that we can rely on  Raymond and Pere Andre Thijs,  our very dedicated colleagues in the DRC,  to try and find solutions to improve the lives of the disabled. Many  thanks to them for their endless efforts, and also many thanks to all of  you who agree to help with a donation.....

Ariane was born with malformed legs. After being brought up to our attention by ADIPH, and Pere Andre, she received financial help for her treatment; Still in plaster casts, and supported by callipers, she was able to start walking some months later.
Born  with weak leg muscles, Moise was unable to walk unaided. After medical  treatment, and legs put in plaster, Moise was provided with a basic  walking aid to encourage him to use his legs.

Nankafu  was paralysed from childhood and unable to walk. ADIPH  and Congo Action intervened to provide the necessary orthopaedic treatment. The photo below shows the improvement and self confidence gained after her treatment.
She is seen on the right with her friend Immaculee, and “Raymond” our partner from ADIPH.  
Francine & Evelyne with "Mama Rachel"
Raymond, from ADIPH,  visited Francine & Evelyne, in their sewing workshop where they  were teaching a newcomer "Mama Rachel". (The sewing  machines seen here  were provided by Congo Action).
"Mama Bitangalo"
Here is a wonderful example of how very resourceful and industrious  disabled people can be, with the little help that they receive: Here, “MAMA BITANGALO” , who is blind, is seen making shopping baskets with materials provided by ADIPH and Congo Action.
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