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Vocational Education: new hope for Jeruklegi

Published on 29th November 2013.
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The sub-region of Jeruklegi, on the southwestern coast of Java, includes some of the poorest villages in Indonesia. Most people live below the Indonesian poverty line of $0.56 per adult, per day. A dropout rate of over 50% from local high schools is leaving many young people unemployed and disillusioned. People live by subsistence agriculture and fishing. Opala’s rice fetches premium prices in towns like Kisangani, 550 kms down-river, and faraway Kinshasa, but transport is limited to overloaded dugout canoes ('pirogues'), lashed together. The 'rice-boats' make the 2-week journey to market in Kisangani and take a further 3 weeks for the return journey against the flow of the rivers...
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The Gift of Safe drinking Water

Published on 12th January 2012.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has been a major focus of the MDO’s work in 2011. Among the projects we support is one to pump potable water to 6 rural village communities. When Fr Tom McCabe from the MDO was in DRC in October, he sent back this report from the water project site at Idiofa in Bandundu Province. From early morning to sunset people file along narrow paths to and from the nearest safe water source, two or more kilometers away. Most are women and girls. They carry the water home on their heads; men usually try to balance their water cans on bicycles. It’s a daily drudgery from which there is no escape, and often a dangerous journey for women and girls.
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Maternity Hospital for Opala, DRC

Published on 12th January 2012.
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Opala in DRC’s Eastern Province is a district that includes many scattered villages along the Lomami River, a tributary of the majestic Congo River, deep in the equatorial forest. The only viable way in or out is by river, crossing the Equator each time. People live by subsistence agriculture and fishing. Opala’s rice fetches premium prices in towns like Kisangani, 550 kms down-river, and faraway Kinshasa, but transport is limited to overloaded dugout canoes ('pirogues'), lashed together. The 'rice-boats' make the 2-week journey to market in Kisangani and take a further 3 weeks for the return journey against the flow of the rivers...
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Democratic Republic of Congo

Published on 15th June 2010.
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At the heart of Democratic Republic of Congo’s equatorial forests, living standards of women and children are being improved by the provision of health and maternity facilities. Opala is a remote group of scattered villages in Eastern Province. The people work either as subsistence farmers or hunter-gatherers.
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Maternity Unit for DRC

Published on 24th December 2010.
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Yaoleka is a forest village located at the centre of the Opala group of villages in the Eastern Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. People here urgently need basic healthcare facilities, including a maternity unit. The effects of war and poor governance are evident in the present war-damaged, crumbling health centre and the complete absence of maternity care. Mother and infant mortality rates are extremely high even by DRC standards. Against this background, the diocese of Isangi has asked the Oblates to take on responsibility for developing basic healthcare facilities in the region.
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