At 200 kilometres at the south of Mbandaka city, in the heart of the Itipo’s land, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), families of pygmies in the Ngombe village need you.
We are 4 Daughters of Charity on the spot at Saint Vincent's House. Our time is shared through different missions; from primary teaching to medical service, we provide care to the malnourished as well as lepers. We also teach to villagers the basis of gardening and how to tend fields and gardens.
In this village hard to reach, 16 families of pygmies are living in insecure hovels which they built themselves.
Most of the time, they spend night under the stars because of the lack of decent housing. Those families are exposed to predators’s threats running around the village as well as bad weather that deteriorate their health status.
We would like to build houses to improve their comfort and life expectancy in order to strengthen the sanitary conditions of the village and to provide a better security.
Example of a pygmy house we would like to build
They don’t have any right at national level, on forests whom they are dependent of, so foreigners and government can seize their lands without any legal barriers, without giving them a compensation. Projects of biodiversity protection, intensive forest exploitation, large-scale agriculture and commercial activities such as livestock market, force many communities to leave their lands to settle down or to go to urban areas.
Moved and marginalized, this thousand-years-old nation now lives in a State of extreme poverty and is faced with a critical health situation in wild camps that different groups established the limits of the territories, that once were theirs.
Ngombe families are supporting this project.
In 2016, we started to provide them moulds they needed so that they can made bricks themselves before baking it. Now, bricks are ready.
In order to finish the construction of theirs houses, they need straw, materials to build doors and windows, and the help of local masons.
The construction of a house will amount to 190 euros (Workforce, door and window, straw).
Help pygmies of Ngombe to get a decent housing!
Saint Vincent House is located at the Itipo Catholic Mission. Our community is composed of 4 Sisters operating in different services: primary teaching; medical service for pre-natal consultations, pre-school, health care for tubercular and leper, maternity, and social service by taking over indigent patients, malnourished people and by home visiting poor people of the village. The Sisters are organising development activities such as gardening, cultivation and farming. We are also in the pastoral, particularly catecheses for children and adolescents, a human and spiritual support for youth of VMY and research.