Congo Week is a global movement to break the silence of the Crisis in the Congo. There was a week of discussions, films music and prayersÂ held for theÂ first time in Shepparton held at St Paul’s African House.Â During the week we were remindedÂ of the crisis in the Congo – a conflict over resources. Six million people have died and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped since the fighting broke out in 1997. Many people do not know this. We need these facts and stories be heard and not sweep it under the carpet. We need to try and help the Congo. This is why Pastor Matt Anker and Congolese leader Rashidi Sumaili organised a Congo week in SheppartonÂ which hasÂ a large Congolese population
One young personÂ who is trying to make a difference in the Congo is my friend Declo Bisimwa. OnÂ Saturday night at the African house we shared a meal, listened to music and a short film called ‘An African Book of Dreams’made by Bruce Cumming wasÂ shownÂ and Declo gave a speech publicly for the first time here in Shepparton and toldÂ us more about a foundation he started – a foundation of hope. Declo received a grant from the Sampson Leadership Trust and started a foundation called Masomo Mbelle – meaning ‘School first’.
DecloÂ cannot do this alone – he needs our help. Please visit their facebook page to find out what is happening and how you can help.
Below are a few photos from Saturday night.
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