Fesser and Friends is an American-based non-profit organization with the mission of advocating for and providing monetary support to a children’s shelter in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our focus is to ensure the safety, psychological and physical well-being of children affected by indiscriminate violence in Eastern DRC.
What We Are Doing To Help
In the midst of ongoing war, disease and poverty, we at Fesser and Friends have teamed up with the local Goma-based NGO, World Hope Givers, to create a small yet dedicated safe haven for children orphaned by the ongoing violence ravaging the East of the country. At our center we are isolating our children from violence and conflict by providing them with a safe and nurturing environment where they can thrive, play and grow.
Working together with WHG we help identify and care for high-risk children by sending locally trained staff into areas affected by conflict and instability. We have managed to identify dozens of orphans that are at high risk of becoming malnourished, abused, and/or recruited as child soldiers by rebel militias. At our center we now currently house, feed, love, educate, and care for seventeen of these children.
Whether this is your first time visiting us or are a regular contributor, we thank you for your looking us up and for supporting our work. We can't do this without you.
We Need Your Help
Without this center and without your support, all of these children would have been forced to continue to survive on the streets, putting them at risk for trafficking, famine, disease, military recruitment, and even death. As our local staff member and site director Freddy often says, "this place is the last resort, without us I'm not sure these kids would still be here today."
“History will judge us by the differences we make in the everyday lives of children”
End of Year Report
Reconnecting a mother with her missing child. Rescuing an infant from a mass grave. Providing music and art therapy to traumatized children. Remodeling schools to rebuild shattered communities. Educating teachers on managing PTSD in students. Sheltering girls away from sexual abuse and exploitation. Ending the cycle of child soldier recruitment. Providing support where no one else will go. These are just a few of the many things we have accomplished and continue to work on each and every day at the Fesser and Friends Center for Hope.