G.U.A.O.A. is an orphanage situated in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (city of Goma). The acronym in French stands for Groupe Uni pour Aider les Orphelins Abandonés which means Group United to Help Abandoned Orphans. It was founded in 1994 by Maman Marie Matiko who brought in others to assist her with the care of the children. Maman Matiko had decided to create a home for the large number of children who were left behind to fend for themselves after the death of their parents and family members due primarily to the civil war that began in 1994. This war which has claimed over six million lives, still rages on in small pockets on the east coast of the country.
Local volunteers have made it their mission to assist these children in need along with underprivileged children from the community, even though they do not get compensated. Assistance is minimal from local citizens and businesses due to ongoing hardships caused by the civil unrest. Because of this great need, we are determined to let these children know they are loved and can have a promising future in spite of their circumstances.
"And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Acts 20:35b
The orphanage houses 150 children ranging from the age of 5 to 18 years old. 33% of them are schooled with the assistance of generous donors (public schools in the DRC are fee-based). They eat one to two times a day when food is available.
This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 to fund the following initiatives:
K-12 tuition payments
Small building purchase
Desks, chairs, and supplies
Sewing machines, materials, and laptops
Plot of land purchase for our Agricultural Training program
To learn more about our 2020 Capital Campaign, click Here.
Aline graduated High School in 2015 thanks to a Sponsor in Goma. She completed our Vocational Training Sewing program in 2018, teaches other orphans to sew and now has clients of her own, which helps her make a living. Aline got married in 2019!
Noel graduated High School in 2016. Upon graduating, he was hired by an organization in the outskirts of Goma. He stated he will never forget his brothers and sisters at the orphanage. He visits them once a quarter and brings them sacks of rice and beans purchased with his salary.
Nsimire graduated High School in 2017. She completed a 12-month certification program in English and Microsoft office. She is currently a Sophomore in college and frequently volunteers at the orphanage in between her studies to help with the younger children and to run errands.
Benedicte graduated High School in 2019. She hopes to continue her education by attending college in order to study Fashion Design. The yearly cost for the college she is interested in is $450 per year. If you would like to donate towards Benedicte's college tuition, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin graduated High School in 2019. Although he struggled through High School and had to redo 12th grade, he persevered forward with the help of his sponsor's mentorship, encouragement and support. In the end, he overcame his academic challenges. Kevin is now enrolled in college, studying Engineering. He hopes one day to have a big impact on the lives of orphans and underprivileged children!
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Gain additional Educational Sponsors with a goal of sending all GUAOA children to school.
Expand our Sewing, Computer Training and Agricultural Vocational Training Programs.
Purchase a small building where Vocational Training classes can be held more frequently .
Create an environment in which the orphanage is able to gain revenue for salaries to be self-sustaining.
Purchase land to construct buildings to house orphans, a school, vocational training center and a store where the children can sell items they make.