Weʼre raising £500 to reach £5000 target to register SEPCA Foundation as a UK charity, an NGO fighting against all odds to help our fellow humans of the DR Congo.
- Northampton, UK
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I am humbled to have been invited to put my experience and knowledge towards helping the SEPCA foundation, which was founded by a friend of mine, Chris Theobald, along with Paul Bwiruke Bizimana and Sergio Echeverría.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country most people might know a few things about. Big landlocked country in the middle of Africa, right? People likely associate it with violence, something in our minds from the images and news reels of a civil war that tore the country apart from 1994-2003, a conflict that came to be known as Africa's first world war, due to the deeply saddening loss of some five million lives. Similar loss of life of the Holocaust, yet in a time of Windows PCs, the internet and mobile phones. Whilst most of us were celebrating the Millenium, a whole nation and its people was being wiped out in a brutal, evil war. One caused simply due to 3rd world poverty.
People may have also heard of the beatiful Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on our planet and somewhere the world's largest population of mountain gorillas calls home. It was, in fact, in the news in the last few weeks after 2 British tourists were kidnapped in the park by local militia and later released. Less likely to have made the headlines is the recent death of 5 Congolese park rangers who did not return home to their families from a day's work. Instead they were ambushed and gunned down whilst bravely trying to protect the Park's natural resources, and subsequently the gorillas that rely entirely upon it, from the continued exploitation by rebel groups, who have now killed more than 170 Rangers.
The DRC is now on the verge of another major civil war. Surely, as a world, we cannot stand by and let this happen? These people have suffered enough!
SEPCA is tapping into the heart of the Congolese, reigniting hope, pride, esteem, commerce and respect through projects on the ground that include Africa's first ever Bamboo Bicycle Factory.
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- 3 months ago
OLIVER COGAN3 months ago
I'm running 18 Miles on Monday to raise £500, which will tip us over the £5000 needed for us to officially register the SEPCA foundation as a charity in the UK. I normally only run 3km around my local park and that's infrequently! It's going to be gruelling!! :) I'll remind myself of Justin Kapitu as I run tho, a 22 year old lad from the Congo forced to fight, costing him his arm. Must ache more! Justin weighs 30kg (4st 7lb) and is unlikely to live past a few months. Pls help stop more bloodshed by giving others like Justin an alternative path.
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Jun 11, 2018
Worth all the pain :)
Jun 5, 2018
Well done Olly!
Jun 5, 2018
Jun 3, 2018
Wow 18 miles! Good luck!
Jun 3, 2018
Hope you manage the whole 18 miles and live to tell the tale. Good luck Olly.
Jun 2, 2018
Good Luck RD
Jun 2, 2018
Think of the meal you can eat when you’ve finished! Best of luck x
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