Who we are

Ian and groupKimbilio is managed in Congo by Jean Bosco, a Congolese national who has a background in youth work. He is supported by a dedicated team of young, enthusiastic carers, who share their passions for sport, sewing, dance, counselling and art with the children. The Dean of the Anglican Cathedral provides moral and spiritual support.

Founder Ian Harvey is a social worker from the UK, who first travelled to the DRC in his teens, visiting his Aunt who continues to run a rural hospital near the Angolan border. Ian later returned as an observer for the 2006 Presidential Elections and had the vision for Kimbilio after witnessing the sheer number of street children, and learning from the experiences and concerns of Congolese colleagues. Ian lived in Lubumbashi for 5 years, working alongside the Congolese team as Project Manager. He now oversees the project from the UK, working from Kimbilio’s humble office in Manchester.

  • Ian Harvey – Director, UK
  • Jean Bosco Tshiswaka – Kimbilio Project Co-ordinator, DRC
  • Daniel Etsa – Reintegration Co-ordinator, DRC

We also welcome local and overseas volunteers to the project for short work placements. Find out more here.

Kimbilio’s UK office address is: Congo Children Trust, St Margaret’s Centre, Brantingham Road, Manchester, M21 0TT.

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