Our First School Supplies Distribution

Congo Helping Hands is distributing school supplies (pens and notebooks) to needy elementary students in Kananga. Our partner, Jim Mukenge, selected 12 schools. Today is day one of the distribution. The children says Thank You to not only to Jeff (Mullins, our Director for Catholic Missions), to Woody (Collins, President and Director for Presbyterian Missions), and to Jim (Mukenge, Partner and Provincial Deputy).  Also, our thanks to Mama Bernadette Ngalula.


Developing a New Written Language

A new written language is about to be born in rural Congo near Kindu. The end result will be a new written Bible for a tribal group. The linguistics group overnight-ed at MPH before departing on this exciting mission.

I am filling-in as manager of the Methodist Presbyterian Hostel (MPH) Guesthouse until the manager returns from the states. I have been using MPH for over 20 years. But now I get a chance to see the MPH from the other side of the check-in desk. This is Day 21 in this assignment.

 


Free Book Give-Away


Congo Helping Hands is offering a free book* each month for the next 12 months. 

The book give-away for August 2019 will "Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed" by John Pendergast and Fidel Bafilemba. The winner will be randomly selected at midnight, August 31 from our list of current and registered email addresses. You will be notified via your registered email.

You can join the email list by going to our website, www.CongoHelpingHands.org and clicking the join button; or joining by going to our Facebook account, www.Facebook.com/CongoHelpingHands; or send me an email at wmcollins@congohelpinghands.org.

*The book may change at the beginning of each month. But winners can chose a previous book or request the value of the current book in an Amazon gift card via email.

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Travel Advisory for Congo

Do you need to know about this travel advisory for Congo? I didn't! Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. Assailants may pose as police or security agents. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. In the video, December 14, they were running to meet their candidate for president. https://www.newsaboutcongo.com/2018/1... #Congo #Kasai #2018Elections


No Eggs in Kananga

Today, I got a question from a friend in the states via text. "Is your house ready for santa ie. Milk & cookies for the jolly old elf." My response: "Ready for Christmas! House, no. Neighborhood, no. Kananga, no! Friends' house, no,no,... Milk, yes if powdered milk counts. Cookies, James may bake some if he finds eggs in town. We are not in America!" Don't stop by Santa, James didn't find any eggs in town so we may be low on treats. #Congo #Kananga #eggs


Exotic Congolese Foods

Congolese don't eat a lot of meats and almost no diary. However, they eat peanuts when in season. But they supplement these protein sources with grubs from decaying palm trees, grasshoppers during migrating, termites, and flying ants during their season. I have tried them all. Would you try one of the exotic foods? Also what exotic non-meat have you eaten? Leave your answers below. #Congo #Kasai #food


I'm Grateful for Anti-Malaria Measures and Bowayi

 

I have never had malaria in Congo which is a malaria endemic country. Thousands of children for annually and millions of adults are sick from malaria. I grateful for the preventative measures I use. One, I sleep under an insecticide treated bed net. Two, I take an anti-malaria medicine (Doxycycline) daily. And three, I used mosquito repent at night while sitting around. As I prepare for shooting this video, Bowayi, a Congolese friend stopped by and brought me some raw peanuts and fresh corn. I'm grateful!


Who is Stealing my Stuff?

Update from the Kananga. I recap the highs and LOWS of the week. The pastor at church asked where I had been the last 2-3 Sundays. Tuesday, I paid Immigration $100 for another letter to explain they had my passport. Wednesday, another thief from the house. Thursday and Friday, I was on stakeout at the house when on the thief to return. Saturday, we went to a local restaurant for river fish of the day.