Sponsored Girls 2009-2010

Annie Lulu Tshibanyunya

AGE: 13
GRADE: 5th year
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Annie, the daughter of a policeman, has been an orphan since the age of 4 and has spent most of her life in the orphanage system. This year, Miss Hélène, Maison Magone’s headmaster, will try to reunite Annie with her family.
RESULT: 52.3%

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Benedicte Zusane Ngwej

AGE: 17
GRADE: 1st year (Secondary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: After the failure of her first marriage, Benedicte’s mother divorced her father and remarried. Unfortunately, Benedicte’s new stepfather refused to accept her as part of the new household and accused her of sorcery, a claim that cast her from the family and onto the streets.
RESULT: 42%

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Zaina Blandine Ngoie

AGE: 17
GRADE: 2nd year (Secondary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Zaina is another young girl who has fallen victim to ludicrous accusations of sorcery. She has never met her father, and her mother abandoned her following the accusations of witchcraft.
RESULT: 75.2%

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Delodie Kapinga

AGE: 11
GRADE: 3rd year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: After the divorce of her parents, Delodie’s grandmother brought her into her household for a short period of time, but eventually found herself unable to care for her granddaughter. Delodie’s feelings of abandonment led her to the streets, where she foraged for food for many nights. Although Delodie is 11 years old, she possesses a 2nd grade level of education due to her unstable home life. Maison Magone has made arrangements for Delodie to return to her mother this holiday season.
RESULT: 76.2%

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Louisa Kasau

AGE: 11
GRADE: 4th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Fleeing a deluge of sorcery accusations, Louiza ran away from home. However thanks to Maman Helene, Louiza was reunited with her mother on July 6, 2010, and is living safely and happily.
RESULT: 66.2%

louisa

 

Bajika Arlette Tshitenge

AGE: 12
GRADE: 6th
SCHOOL: École, les Prémisses au Quartier Golf LIDO
BACKGROUND: False allegations of sorcery turned Bajika’s family against her and eventually forced her onto the streets. Amazing efforts by Maman Helene have been made to reunite Bajika with her family, and thankfully she has been reunited with her family.
RESULT: 68%

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Joelle Katombe

AGE: 11
GRADE: 4th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Family members cared for Joelle after the death of her mother, however over time they found themselves unable to afford her care. She was ousted from their home and forced to live on the streets. Maison Magone is in constant contact with Joelle’s father, who loves his daughter deeply, but simply cannot afford to look after her. Joelle recently lost a brother due to the family’s economic instability.
RESULT: 66.3%

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Joelle Mbuyi Masengo

AGE: 14
GRADE: 5th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: As a result of losing both of her parents, Masengo was under the care of her grandmother, but she was later ejected from her grandmother’s care after accusations of sorcery erupted.
RESULT: 56.2%

joellembuyi

 

Julie Kapinga Njilambu

AGE: 14
GRADE: 5th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Julie was forced to live on the streets after being accused of sorcery. Though loved by her family, none of them can afford to provide Julie with the care she needs to support her wellbeing or education.
RESULT: 62.7%

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Johanne Salima

AGE: 12
GRADE: 2nd year (Secondary)
SCHOOL: Source du Savoir
BACKGROUND: Johanne is the eldest of two children in a family that was abandoned by their father. Their loving mother was unable to make ends meet and was forced to stop Johanne’s education. GMF stepped up to sponsor Johanne, so she would not have to let go of her studies.
RESULT: 59.7%

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Pauline Nyembo Mwapiana

AGE: 15
GRADE: 5th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Pauline found herself in the streets after the divorce of her parents. Unfortunately, neither side of the family could support Pauline financially, so she, like so many other girls in her situation, was forced onto the streets.
RESULT: 48.4%

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Rehema Kisimba

AGE: 15
GRADE: 6th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Though Rehema’s grandmother raised her after her mother passed away and father deserted her, over time she was no longer able to support her granddaughter. Maison Magone recently contacted one of Rehema’s aunts, and she agreed to take Rehema back into the family’s care. Nevertheless, Maison Magone and GMF will continue taking care of Rehema’s education and related expenses.
RESULT: 63.1%

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Victorine Mulekwa

AGE: 15
GRADE: 6th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: Following the death of her mother at a very young age, Victorine was given the responsibility of caring for her mute/deaf father, which included preparing his meals and caring for him. Though Victorine’s aunt fought to keep her, her extreme poverty prevented her from supporting her niece, thus forcing Victorine to fend for herself on the streets. Eventually, Victorine found her way to Maison Magone Fille, where she is flourishing.
RESULT: 58.3%

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Yowa Kaba

AGE: 12
GRADE: 5th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: After the death of Kaba’s mother, who passed away during childbirth, she was sent to live with her father’s cousin, who managed to look after Kaba, as well as her twin brother, until she was 3 years old. Subsequently, Kaba and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother, who did not have the means to support either one of them. Both fled their grandmother’s home to live on the streets. Kaba found her way to Maison Magone, and her brother is in a neighboring orphanage called Bakandja Center. RESULT: 73%

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Yvette Mateta Kikonde

AGE: 14
GRADE: 5th year (Elementary)
SCHOOL: École Salongo
BACKGROUND: After the death of her mother, Yvette’s father remarried. Unwanted by her father’s new spouse and rejected by other members of her family, Yvette was living in the streets before being saved by Magone.
RESULT: 43.3%

yvette

 

Deborah Mujinga Wa Banza

AGE: 24
GRADE: 3rd year (Secondary)
SCHOOL: Lycee Tusaidiane
BACKGROUND: Dorcas Mujinga wa Banze (Deborah), better known as the “Survivor of Kasala”, is one of the many victims of the war that has plagued the DRC since 1998. As a child, her village was attacked and set on fire. Though burned badly, miraculously Deborah survived, however her family did not. Deborah was sent to Spain by the previous government to receive medical care, and upon her return, they also paid for her schooling. Today she desired to continue her studies in third secondary, but due to lack of assistance, she was having enormous difficulties completing her technical training. After meeting Deborah in April in Lubumbashi, and being touched by her story, GMF decided to assist Deborah in completing her technical training. Deborah is thriving beautifully at school, where she is learning how to be a seamstress.

RESULT: 75.8%

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