Hundreds of thousands of people in Goma & nearby villages have been displaced since the Nyiragongo volcano eruption on May 22, followed by hundreds of aftershocks & earthquakes that ultimately led to evacuation on May 27 of nearly 2/3 of Goma – 10 of 18 neighbourhoods – most in danger with magma flowing underground that could cause more eruptions and even destabilization of gas in Lake Kivu, forming deadly surface gas.
It’s a rapidly forming major humanitarian crisis in need of your immediate assistance. We have local youth on the ground not only personally impacted, but still doing what they can to help others during this time of great upheaval.
We have disbursed an initial $1,500 in emergency funds to assist Vision Club Congo (based in Goma) in providing a week’s supply of food to several families who lost everything in the volcano eruption. On May 29, the Vision Club team also visited & brought food supplies – a week of nutritious porridge – to help feed 60 young children from an orphanage who managed to evacuate, bananas & biscuits, paid for clean water from a local tap to make that day’s meal, and put up three tarps for basic shelter for the children.
But much more is needed to better assist with food, shelter & other urgent needs of these young ones in the coming days, including approx 30 older orphans still back in Goma under watchful care for the moment, and other youth & families in dire need in their midst. More food, tarps, blankets, mattresses, clean water, mosquito nets, hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, etc) and other basic supplies to sustain them while they continue to live displaced indefinitely.
To help, you can:
*1. Donate online today
*2. Give by this go fund me campaign
3. Give by mobile money by calling +250 788471527 (Mugisha, exec dir of APOL in Rwanda/Great Lakes Region)
4. If in Rwanda/DRC, you may give blankets, clothing, other small personal/household items. Call or Email us
*Please note, if you wish to receive a tax receipt (only those in Canada), you may give to First Baptist Church Toronto, our partner in Canada by:
E-trans to: firstname.lastname@example.org (mark it: APOL/Congo relief)
Please give today. Each gift, each act, makes a difference, together!