ABOUT THE TCHUKUDU KIDS
Where we work
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been ravaged by violent conflicts for decades. More than 6 million people have died as a result of these wars. Mass rapes, killings, torture, displacement, enlistment of children into the militias and forced labour in the mines, are all common occurrences even today, especially in the east.
The Tchukudu Kids’ Home was set up in 2008 to provide a safe home, food, education, and loving support to children orphaned through war, poverty and disease. Over the years the organization has expanded to take care also of vulnerable women in the area and impoverished communities on the ‘forgotten’ island of Idjwi.
A tchukudu is a two-wheeled transport vehicle unique to Goma and the region of North Kivu.
Kizungu wanted a new name for the children and for the home he had established for them in Goma. He offered Helen the honour of choosing that name. The word ‘tchukudu’ came to her immediately. It seemed perfect. Made from wood, scrap tyres, and bits of metal, the tchukudu can carry up to half a ton of goods. It is a symbol of the strength and resilience of the impoverished people of eastern DRC; it is also a sign of hope and of promise for the future.
WHAT WE DO
In June 2012, Kizungu Hubert, Director of the Tchukudu Kids’ Home, registered a non-profit, humanitarian organisation in Goma, DRC, Volunteers in Mission for Children Care (VMC) with the following objectives:
care of orphans and vulnerable children to provide them with harmonious growth and education
assistance to vulnerable populations in the economic, health and social development sectors
fight against ignorance, illiteracy, malnutrition and undernourishment
training and preparation of young people for a profession through apprenticeship workshops
empowerment of women and gender equality assistance to victims in the event of a disaster, accident or epidemic