Christmas Lunch – December 2014

January 10th, 2015

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, each Christmas we provide extra money for a special lunch for the 120-150 malnourished children who receive daily meals through our food programme.  We are greatly in need of more donations so we can maintain this vital programme.  To donate, please use one of the following methods:

  • Use the PayPal Donate button to the right – a PayPal account is not required
  • Print & complete the Donation Form highlighted in red to the right and send us your  cheque, or set up a standing order
  • Make a bank transfer to our account shown on the Donation Form

Thank you!!

Here are some photos taken at the 2014 Christmas lunch.

Care and education for street children

November 27th, 2014

For eight years, CCC has contributed to the costs of schooling and maintenance of former street children in Basankusu, a town in the equatorial region of north-west DR Congo. Among the children are orphans and children who were rescued from the streets after having been accused by their families or guardians of being “witches” or “sorcerers” and forced from their homes.

In the 2013-14 school year, despite the children’s very difficult backgrounds, their school performances in their end of  year exams were excellent: 17 children (all 10 girls and 7 out of the 10 boys) passed their exams and have moved up to the next level. One of the boys who did not pass has left school to become an apprentice mechanic.

CCC will continue to offer support to this project for as long as we have adequate funding – readers’ donations will be very welcome!!  - Please see the PayPal donation button above.

Here are photos of the children:


Skydive For Free

May 5th, 2014

In case anyone else – see Nadine Brown’s story below – would like to raise funds for us by doing a sponsored skydive, Skydive For Free could help you.  Their website gives information on how to raise money for charity and cover your costs!


Nadine Brown’s skydive for CCC

July 2nd, 2013

Nadine got in touch with CCC in May, saying she would like to raise money for the charity by doing a skydive. This was a first for CCC – in the past we’ve had marathon runners, walkers, cricketers and Three Peak Challengers – but until now, never a skydiver!

The skydive took place on June 14th at Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. After a briefing session and donning skydiving kit, Nadine and her tandem skydiver “Smudge” and eight others boarded their plane for the 20 minute flight. When they reached 10,000 feet it was time to take the plunge!

What followed was an exhilarating freefall – the photos speak for themselves – at 120 mph before the parachute deployed and then a 5 minute descent to the landing area!

Nadine’s event was well supported by friends and family and she raised a grand total of £276.65 in sponsorship donations. Thank you Nadine!!

Christmas Lunch 2012 at the Feeding Centre

January 15th, 2013

CCC provides financial support for the Centre Mère Marie Augustine, located at Mpasa, one of the most impoverished suburbs of the capital city, Kinshasa. The Centre, run by nuns, feeds around 150 malnourished children daily.

Each Christmas, through the generosity of our supporters, we finance an extra special meal for the children. Below are some photos of the children at the 2012 Christmas lunch.

A big thank you to our supporters who help finance our food & health projects, so helping to alleviate malnutrition and associated illnesses!

Presentation at Willington Independent Preparatory School

May 15th, 2012

Earlier this year, young pupils at Willington Independent Preparatory School in Wimbledon, South East London, fundraised for CCC through a sale of artworks on a Congolese theme.

On 24th April 2012, Christine Lilley, CCC’s Treasurer, was invited to make a presentation to Staff and pupils about CCC’s activities in DR Congo and to receive a cheque for the wonderful sum of £300. The money has been sent to Congo to purchase 15 mattresses for former street children being cared for in a project in Basankusu, north-west DR Congo.  We are very grateful to the staff and pupils at Willington School for their kindness and generosity in helping to improve the living conditions of the children in this project.

Photos from visits to Kinshasa

October 30th, 2011

One of CCC’s members, Marie-Claire Faray, visited the Centre Mère Marie Augustine (CMMA) during a visit to DR Congo in April 2011.  In August 2011 two of CCC’s Trustees, Dr Jean Mayala and Helene Mayala, also visited the Centre.  CMMA is where CCC supports the daily feeding and healthcare of severely malnourished children and the primary school education of children whose families cannot afford the school fees (primary school education is still not free in DR Congo).   During their visits Marie-Claire and Jean and Helene saw the improvements that had been made to the Centre’s infrastructure – improved dining & kitchen facilities, new medical equipment for the health unit, and sports equipment for the children.

Following these visits CCC received reports from Marie Claire and Jean that CMMA is being run very satisfactorily. Here are some photos taken at the Centre during the two visits:

Elle Hosker’s half-marathon

October 2nd, 2011

Elle (left) and friend

Elle and friend

Elle Hosker (see post below) successfully completed her fundraising Blakes Half-Marathon in Montreal on 25th September.  Here, in her own words, are Elle’s impressions of the run:          

“We started at 10:30 in the morning, and by the time we had run an hour, it was already starting to get tough. All along the way there were bands playing, people cheering, and we met some really motivating people. For the last 20 minutes, it was more of a slow jog and we were dragging our feet, but after sprinting to the finish line, we felt absolutely amazing. It’s something I will definitely do again because it gave me the best feeling in the world!”          

Elle raised the magnificent sum of Canadian $2031 – around £1240 – through sponsorship from family and friends and we sincerely thank Elle and all her supporters for their wonderful contributions.  The money will be used to help fund the primary school education of very poor Congolese children who would not be able to attend school without the scholarships provided by CCC.

Elle Hosker’s half-marathon plans

April 18th, 2011

Elle Hosker, a 15 year-old British girl, who now attends school in Canada, has offered to raise money for CCC by taking part in the Blakes Half-Marathon (21 kms) to be staged in Montreal on 25th September 2011.  The race, a big annual event in Montreal, starts on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and will finish at Parc Maisonneuve.  Elle is fundraising for CCC through sponsorship  from  friends, family and everyone who wishes to lend their support.  CCC will use all the funds raised to help provide education, food and healthcare for impoverished children in DR Congo.  We wish Elle good luck in her preparation for this event!

Update on Reddy Yale

March 1st, 2011

Thanks to  several generous donors, the target of £450 needed to send Reddy Yale for  treatment was reached at the end of December (see our Blog below) and in early January 2011 Reddy left Basankusu to go to the specialised hospital in Mbandaka.  We have  received news that the diagnosis  and treatment of Reddy’s illness was completed in early February and that he has returned to Basankusu to resume his education. We understand he will need to take medication for his condition for a lengthy period but first signs are that his treatment has been successful.

Our sincere thanks again to all who contributed and particularly to 8 year-old Danielle Goodlake who got the ball rolling so effectively with her sponsored walk!