TRAINING OF INSTRUCTORS FOR THE OPENING OF LITERACY CENTERS IN INDIGENOUS VILLAGES.

With our partner, Alliance Biblique du Congo, we launched our training sessions of the pygmies people who can read and write. These sessions are taking place  in Sibiti, in the department of Lékoumou, in Southern Congo.

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These natives will be serving as instructors in various literacy centers that we will be opening soon.

All Staff at  Espace Opoko is  also participating  in this training in order to have the necessary knowledge to enable them to continue training other instructors  in other communities in the department where the indigenous people live.

This project will teach pygmies’ parents to read and write so that they can become active participants in the education of their children.

With reading being an open window to the world, this project also aims at giving pygmies parents role models and  characters to emulate in order to get out of the cultural constraints related to their immediate environment.

First, these centers will encourage parents to become involved in the education of children. Then by involving themselves in reading, parents will serve as role  models for their children through teaching by example.

Finally, these centers will allow Pygmy parents to escape the cultural constraints of their environment by discovering other models of life in books.

Special thanks  to all the natives who made the trip to participate in this event  during this rainy season.

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We continue to need support to feed and pay for the return of the indigenous back to their communities.
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ARDEL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

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Ardel Mtsanga is eight years old.  She is currently enrolled in the second grade and loves going to school.  Ardel’s mother is autochtone (native) or more commonly known as pygmy;  her father, however, is non-autochtone; he is not native to the region.

Pygmies in Republic of Congo are treated very poorly.  They are discriminated against because of their differences in life style and appearance. When Ardel’s mother was pregnant with her, her father refused to acknowledge he was the father.  He threatened Ardel’s mother with violence if she ever told anybody he fathered the child.  Fearing violence, she never told a soul.  Ardel and her mother now live in a pygmy village buried deep in the Congo jungle.

Due to our generous support, Ardel’s life has completely changed; she went from a life filled with hopelessness and despair to a life filled with hope and happiness.  Unfortunately, there are many more pygmy children facing situations similar to Ardel’s.  This is the challenge Espace Opoko faces every day and this is why they need support; eSynegy is now part of the solution.  If we all work together, we can change precious children’s lives forever. If you are willing to help children just like Ardel, please go to Espace Opoko.

Meeting the Women of the Watervliet Huddle

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22664247_10214479764651690_1866129024_oOn October 14th of this year, Mr. Avery Ndzoyi, the founder of Espce Opoko, and Roland Nzaou, the founder of eSynergy organization were privileged to meet with an amazing group of women known as the Watervliet Huddle.  The Watervliet Huddle meet once a month in the upstate city of Watervliet, located just 10 miles north of Albany to brainstorm on government policies that matter to them and how they can contribute to make a difference in the their community as well as surrounding communities.

Mr. Ndzoyi, who is visiting the Albany area for the first time, met with the group so he could share the stories of challenge underprivileged and indigenous children of Sibiti and Bambama, Republic of Congo, struggle with on a daily basis.  He explained to the group how students with no financial support work very hard to go to school, but far too often, it’s simply not enough and their dreams of getting an education fade away.  He also shared the challenges he faces working to help these seemingly forgotten, indigenous children of Congo.

At the end of the meeting, some members were so moved that they formed a quick fundraiser.  Susan L. Morrison, Lois Gundrun, and Linda Kabrisky all gave generous donations of $30, $100, and four backpacks, respectively.  These contributions are greatly appreciated and will go a long way toward the goal of educating the children of Bambama and Sibiti.  These gifts will be instrumental in Espace Opoko’s determination to train students on the use of computers.  They will also be used by some of the staff for administrative purposes.

22657117_10214479776491986_494346930_nAnother meeting between Avery Ndzoyi, Roland Nzaou and the women of the Watervliet Huddle took place on October 16, 2017. During the meeting the Watervliet Huddle surprised Averty with a donation of two laptops, a camera record, a head set, two more backpacks, and blank DVD. Averty’d like to say “thank you” to the women of the Watervliet Huddle for being so willing to work with Espace Opoko and  eSynergy,  in our efforts to pave the way for the underprivileged children of Congo get the education they so deserve.  Let us stay confident in our efforts and watch how far this amazing experience will take us.  How many students will we be successful in getting a proper education?

They Need Your Support

Ardel Mtsanga is eight years old.  She is currently enrolled in the second grade and loves going to school.  Ardel’s mother is autochtone (native) or more commonly known as pygmy;  her father, however, is non-autochtone; he is not native to the region.

Pygmies in Republic of Congo are treated very poorly.  They are discriminated against because of their differences in life style and appearance. When Ardel’s mother was pregnant with her, her father refused to acknowledge he was the father.  He threatened Ardel’s mother with violence if she ever told anybody he fathered the child.  Fearing violence, she never told a soul.  Ardel and her mother now live in a pygmy village buried deep in the Congo jungle.

Due to Espace Opoko’s generous support, Adel’s life has completely changed; she went from a life filled with hopelessness and despair to a life filled with hope and happiness.  Unfortunately, there are many more pygmy children facing situations similar to Ardel’s.  This is the challenge Espace Opoko faces every day and this is why they need our support.  If we all work together, we can change precious children’s lives forever.

If you are willing to help children just like Ardel, please go to Espace Opoko.

DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOOL KITS TO PYGMIES STUDENTS IN BAMBAMA

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The Espace Opoko team proceeded on Friday, October 6, 2017, to the distribution of school kits to the indigenous students of Bambama.

All students each received a complete kit consisting of a bag,arithmetic material, notebooks and pens. They will therefore be able to start classes on Monday.

We thank all those people who helped us to make this activity possible. They are now ready to go to school.

We continue to work to pay the costs of participation in the payment of volunteer teachers, nutrition for 4 high school students.

It is difficult, but thanks to the contribution of each one, we will be able to do it.

 

 

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH “BON SAMARITAIN”

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Averty Ndzoyi, on the left with The Missionary Alliance     -Republic of Congo

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On February 15th 2017, Espace Opoko staged a meeting with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), an evangelical Protestant denomination within Christianity.  The meeting between the two non-profit organizations was to discuss the beginning of a new partnership in three distinctive categories:

  • The creation of multiple literacy centers in Lékoumou, a department of the Republic of Congo – These proposed centers will teach reading and writing skills to the indigenous population in the hope they can more easily fit into society and to have the necessary skills to make for a better life.
  • The launch of “Bon Samaritain”, which translated means “Good Samaritan”, across the department of Lékoumou – Bon Samaritain is a program designed to raise the awareness of HIV. This program, currently in existence in others departments of the Republic of Congo, is comprised of several modules for children, adults, and families.
  • The creation of activities that will generate revenue for groups of indigenous families who are enrolled in the literacy programs

All meetings are part of the strategic advancement for the 2017 Espace Opoko program.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH WITH UNICEF

On February 14th 2017, Espace Opoko engaged in a meeting with Mr. David Boulman, the head ouniceff the World Food Program (WFP) in the Republic of Congo.  The meeting was in reference to the schooling of indigenous people in Lekoumou province. During the meeting, Espace Opoko shared its 2017 strategies and goals with Mr. Boulman. The two parties also discussed the need for a strong partnership including the need for strengthening education of indigenous families in Lekoumou. Next month, Espace Opoko is planning to have a second meeting with the WFP and The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the capital city of Brazzaville. These two organizations are part of the United Nation (UN) program. Continue reading