One of Kimbilio’s main objectives is to provide a platform for the street children of Lubumbashi to speak for themselves about their own experiences, ambitions and perception of the world. We did this through our contribution to the International Day for Street Children in April of this year, when we interviewed some of the kids we help and asked them what message they wanted to send to the world.
In the spirit of empowering the street children of Lubumbashi to speak for themselves, we are now giving them the virtual stage and have invited some of them to write their own short blog – just a few words about their life, what they want to do in the future and the things that are important to them. This is principally for the benefit of the kids involved – it helps them learn to reflect and communicate, and gives them a confidence boost. But it’s also a chance for our supporters to get a direct insight into life on the streets of Lubumbashi and a sense of the unique personality within each child. We hope you enjoy reading.
First up to the plate is Boniface. He is 14 years old and comes originally from Lubumbashi. His parents are separated and he found himself on the street when he lost some money belonging to his grandparents and they chased him from the house, accusing him of being a witch. He was on the street for about a year before he found Kimbilio, and he has been living in our long-term home for 4 years during which time he has been going to the local school. He’s keen to return to his family and it looks like his reintegration will happen soon.*names and personal details have been changed to protect the child.