I was fortunate enough during this project to get in contact with the NGO Pact. I arranged with them to interview four ex-miners and those conversations can be found below:
I was also inspired by my project and conversations with ex-miners to help further. In one particular interview, I was told how football is a great way of strengthening the communities and a way for children to socialise and play safely.
I decided to launch an initiative, Kit Out Kolwezi, which asked for people to donate their old, unused, or spare football shirts to send over to the children in the DRC. I am thrilled to say so far I have received donations of over 50 shirts.
Alongside asking for shirt donations, I also started a fundraiser in the hopes of raising £200 to buy footballs, notebooks, and pens to send over to Kolwezi. The remaining money would be donated and split between Pact and Bon Pasteur.
For example, £13 is enough to pay for one child’s term of school.
We managed to raise £200 within hours of the fundraiser being active.
I then decided to raise the target to £500, and at this point I was contacted out of the blue by an American clean energy company called SimpliPhi Power. They offered to match the next £200 raised which was fantastic. I also put them in contact with somebody I had spoken to regarding my project, and they are currently discussing fitting their home with solar panels so that they can have a constant supply of energy, which is lacking in the DRC.
I’m really proud of the campaign, and I would really like to take it further. At the time of writing the fundraiser has reached £540 (not including SimpliPhi’s matched donation). So I hope to make a real positive impact on the mining communities of the DRC.
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