Following our event in October 2017, the fundraising allowed us to gather resources to allow the start of an ambitious action plan for 2018.

Grâce à la générosité d’une famille belge, un de nos orphelins, Isaac, est désormais entièrement parrainé pour ses frais de scolarité pour 2017-2018.

Parrainage de Isaac par la famille belge

This action plan allowed from November 2017 to regularize the schooling of 2 previous years, for the 5 children we care for: Daniel, Antoinette, Maria, Bénédicte, Isaac.

We also strengthened the team on the spot: the ” Cercle de l’Espoir Dunia – Kinshasa section” team is structured, organized and based on outstanding expertise, skills and human abilities. Our local team is made up of project coordinators, psychologists, educators, nurses, doctors, retirees, and the entire work of these people is done on a volunteer basis, which is to be emphasized.

Thanks to the generosity of a Belgian family, one of our orphans, Isaac, is now fully sponsored for his 2017-2018 school fees.

In March 2018, we had to intervene urgently to take care of Daniel, who was in a worrying state and was suffering from cerebral malaria.

Thanks to your donations from this collection, the local team was able to quickly save the life of Daniel, whose vital prognosis had been committed.The financial resources made available will also be devoted soon for the on-site sending of school and educational materials.

Daniel était dans un état inquiétant et souffrait de la malaria cérébrale

Daniel en revalidation sur son lit d’hôpital, Kinshasa

Isaac, est désormais entièrement parrainé pour ses frais de scolarité pour 2017-2018.

Reprise de la scolarisation de Isaac, Institut de Masala, Kinshasa

A mission scheduled for July / August 2018 will study the feasibility of setting up a permanent reception facility for children and adolescents in difficulty. Indeed, currently children are placed in low-income

host families, this does not allow their development and development. This reception facility would allow daily supervision and medical monitoring and a lifestyle program. The final realization of such a structure will be in the medium term, but a gradual implementation, in stages, is envisaged.

This structure would be created solely through your participation.



Mom and her baby in the ruins of their home after Hurricane Matthew

Mom and her baby in the ruins of their home after Hurricane Matthew

Following the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association was solicited to respond to an absolute emergency: residents of the town of Les Cayes (southwest of Haiti ) realized that the roof of their houses were literally gone. Whole families found themselves on the evening of the hurricane in very precarious living conditions, and in total material and psychological deprivation.

Relief, more or less coordinated by Haitian associations and international NGOs, has focused on large cities and towns that are easily accessible. This was not the case in Les Cayes.

Contacted by a well-known association in Haiti, the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association contributed quickly by sending a financial donation allowing the local coordinator to help the residents buy plate for 10 families in the community to repair the roofs of their houses.

These families thank the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association for giving them hope thanks to this contribution.

A mission is being prepared in the medium term, which aims to better structure a nascent collaboration between the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association, the local partners and several communities of women on the spot, very active in the reconstruction of their country.




The little Emmanuelle (13 years) after his visit to the hospital Oshwe, Kinshasa (DRC)

The little Emmanuelle (13 years) after his visit to the hospital Oshwe, Kinshasa (DRC)

In March 2016, the association M’Pongo Love, which is conducting field actions in the DRC compatible with the values of the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association, contacted us to provide emergency assistance to a girl from 13, Emmanuelle, who was suffering from severe malnutrition. She lacked the financial resources for medical care. The Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association made a one-time financial donation, which rescued this child. This girl is now out of danger, and her family and M’Pongo Love have thanked the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association for this gesture.

Other children and adolescents with similar situations are awaiting similar punctual actions.






Isaac (13 years), Bénédicte (13 years) and Daniel (10 years), after the success of their school year 2015-2016

Isaac (13 years), Bénédicte (13 years) and Daniel (10 years), after the success of their school year 2015-2016

In 2015, following continuous exchanges with local actors in poor neighborhoods of Kinshasa in the DRC (see below), the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association assumed responsibility for funding school supervision for five children. Indeed, too many children do not go to school, mainly for economic and / or family reasons. These children were carefully selected on the spot by the volunteer members of the CIFDH / H association on the basis of objective criteria. The 5 children are all orphans and have shown a tremendous determination to learn to read and write !

Since the beginning of September 2015, Isaac (13), Maria (11 years), Antoinette (16 years), Daniel (10 years) and Bénédicte (13 years) go to school every day thanks to this sponsorship targeted on their school minerval. The minerval for the school year 2016-2017 is paid quarterly, in order to reconcile pragmatically the needs of these children, with the currently limited means of our association.

Since the coordination on the ground is complicated from Europe, the local associations in which we place our trust manage the sponsorship of these children, by framing their registration and the daily schooling. They go regularly to the teachers.

The result of the first year is therefore largely positive !

Since this framework is currently very limited to these 5 cases, the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association wishes to extend this direct sponsorship to other children who are in the same case, based on equivalent local structures that have proved their success, without large intermediaries such as local official organizations, international organizations or large NGOs.

Minerval for a school year in Kinshasa (reference: Makelele primary school in the Bandal-Tshibangu district) is USD 155 per child per year: USD 130 for school fees and USD 25 for school supplies. A comparison in other similar schools makes it possible to estimate the average annual cost of a minerval for 1 child in a range between 130 and 180 euros.




Energy Assistance Volunteers install solar panels on school roof

Energy Assistance Volunteers install solar panels on school roof

The project aimed to install a basic photovoltaic power supply (lighting, computer room) for a community school for children and adolescents not attending school, in the popular neighborhood of Limete in Kinshasa.

The project was carried out in August 2014 with the help of Energy Assistance, a reference in this field and the CIFDH / D, a local association in the DRC.

The project was financed by Energy Assistance for all the electrical equipment and by the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) for donations of small computer equipment, school equipment, toys and clothes.

The CIFDH / D is aimed at the socio-educational and vocational reintegration of children and adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds. The structure of the volunteer teachers exists, a basic school material as well, an enormous goodwill exists but an essential ingredient like the connection to electricity for the minimum lighting of the classrooms and the use of some computers recovered here and there Are lacking.

The objectives of this project were:

Provide basic lighting in 16 rooms (14 classrooms + 1 office + 1 clinic) to provide evening classes and allow volunteers and teachers to use these enlightened premises to prepare their classes;

  • Equip some classrooms with some computers;
  • Take advantage of the transport to take away for the association a little playful and didactic material
  • The mission allowed the transport and installation of a complete device (10 photovoltaic panels of 135 Wp + 1 regulator + 1 inverter 12V + 6 batteries 2V to the gel).
  • Three local electricians have taken over and managed this installation since August 2012.

At our departure the 14 classrooms were operational, making it possible to run this neighborhood school of about 500 students, composed of children from 6 years to young adults.

We learned from this project the importance of being able to train reliable people on site in the maintenance of electrical installations. Basic training in electricity trades is an initiative we would like to pursue in other projects.

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Partners visit one of the families of children with disabilities in Kinsenso (DRC)

Partners visit one of the families of children with disabilities in Kinsenso (DRC)

During the preparations for the first mission to the DRC in 2011 (see Kalamu project), members of the Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association found that in the slums of Kinshasa, a significant number of children and adolescents, mostly orphaned or left to their own devices, suffer from mental or physical disability not taken care of by childcare facilities as we know in Europe.

These children suffer more from the eyes of others and are often even rejected by their own family.

The Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) association initiated as early as 2013 one-time assistance for a dozen handicapped children, by raising awareness on the ground with families and providing moral support to children with disabilities. This assistance was limited to visits to families and primary support. This is supported by the local NGO CIFDH / H, which works in the social sector in Kinshasa and which has as volunteers staff members some social workers, educators, psychologists and medical staff.

Through the exchanges undertaken with these actors in the field of the association CIFDH / H, all volunteers, the problem of physical and sexual violence against women in poor suburbs of Kinshasa was also highlighted. Considerable work remains to be done in this area as well. Contacts were made with local associations in the field, lacking resources.

This experience made it possible to understand the needs, to initiate some initiatives and to understand what means would be necessary to fulfill these heavy missions, all of which are long-term.




Cercle de l’Espoir - Dunia in preparation for field mission to Kinkole Hospital, N'Sele (DRC)

Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia in preparation for field mission to Kinkole Hospital, N’Sele (DRC)

Goal was securing electrical equipment of an big hospital, in the suburb of RDC capital Kinshasa.

Project was run end 2013, thanks to the partnership of Energy Assistance as VACCI-PLUS program (Rotary clubs) as main contractor.

General Referral Hospital (HGR) Kinkolé is located in a crowded area, that counts over more 20.000 inhabitants potentially impacted by this realization.

The VACCI-PLUS program, supported by the Rotary Clubs for Development, is spread over several years and is to continue the rehabilitation of the General Referral Hospital (HGR) Kinkole located in N’Sele area in the outskirts of Kinshasa. It is also to make the autonomous local staff.

Project has been entirely funded and leaded by Energy Assistance.

Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) contributed by assisting Energy Assistance team, enabling close collaboration with local people, namely with key hospital leaders, officials, and with key technical responsibles from the National Grid company (SNEL).

At the request of VACCI-PLUS program, the Energy Assistance Mission consisted of the rehabilitation of critical electrical equipment in the hospital.

Several field visits, conducted between May 2011 and March 2012 were used to verify and supplement needs, and in agreement with the Vacci-Plus (Rotary Belgium), it was agreed to target interventions to 4 goals :

  • Stabilize the voltage for part of the equipment of the HGR, so as not to damage the sensitive medical equipment to voltage changes, and install a cabinet (main switchboard) from the secondary circuits in a specially equipped cabin beside HT cabin SNEL;
  • Ensure the continuity of the power supply by a backup system for the services identified as highly susceptible to power outages: the 2 operating theaters (general surgery service and gynecology and obstetrics service) and maternity;
  • Repeat the installation general tables for 4 existing secondary circuits as well as 2 new emergency loads;
  • Train local technical staff for maintenance of electrical installations

The mission was finally held in November 2013, and 3 volunteers from Energy Assistance, achieved the following facilities :

  • Installation of regulators / low voltage stabilizers
  • Making a backup circuit for ultra-sensitive services by a system “no-break” + batteries (3000 W rescued fashion with 1h autonomy)
  • Installation of new electrical cabinets
  • Installation of new underground power cables between the cabin and the laundry and radiological Pavilion
  • Cabin placing a new main switchboard and replacing the binding of clinical transformer
  • Wiring circuits to the laundry room and the radiology pavilion, whose equipment.

In the end, although some problems remain after Mission (voltage deviations, implementation radiology equipment), it was a successful mission, but complex due to the coordination between different stakeholders.

Officials VACCI-PLUS program are generally very satisfied with the intervention of Energy Assistance experts, to show an excerpt of the message of Mr. Pierre Schoonheydt,

President of Rotary Clubs for Development:

Generosity is probably the most beautiful expression of our humanity. And when the technical skills and know-how of the men realized, it is the height.

I was kept informed every day of the intervention of your colleagues Kinkolé General Hospital; I can say they have done a great job there and high quality, with a sense of dedication and a fantastic personal involvement.

Also, I thank you from my heart personally and on behalf of our NGO, and each of GDF SUEZ stakeholders to this example of efficient humanity.

I beg you to convey these thanks and congratulations to the employees affected by this realization and the direction of your group.


Finally, project leader Olivier Callebaut also want to thank Dominique Keser, Xavier Delnoy, Jean-Benoit Debaisieux, staff ORES, Michel de Ligne, Eric Timsonet, responsible for coordinating Air Transport for the Office of the Minister of Defence, and his wife Livina Lianza Callebaut from Cercle de l’Espoir – Dunia (CED) and his parents, and other diverse and varied kingpins for their effective contribution to this wonderful project !

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