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Democratic Republic of Congo

Neglected Pygmy Population Gains Access to Education

To us Pygmies, education is very important. But after the tribal conflict between Bantus and Pygmies, my husband and our seven children relocated and settled in the Kalemie area. Because of the displacement and instability, my children did not attend school for three years. This affected many other Pygmy children. Now the church has given our children a great opportunity with this school. This is true ministry by the church to our children, giving them a chance for education. On behalf of other parents, I want to thank the Diocese of Katanga for this great school building.
— Gabriella Muteba, who was displaced from her home in Bendera and is now living in Kalemie, Katanga, DRC




For $1,012 you purchased the equipment and furniture needed for one of the six classrooms.

For $4,719 you paid for all of the doors and the paint.

For $10,472 you provided the foundation and flooring of the building.


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Pygmies are a neglected minority in the Kalemie, Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They make up only about 1 percent of the population.

Because of their marginalization and poverty, few Pygmy families can afford to send their children to school. When they can afford the school fees, the children often had to travel great distances.

The Anglican Diocese of Katanga in DRC recognized that the younger generation of Pygmies needs an education that is nearby, affordable, and accepting of them. Without this opportunity, these families will remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and will continue to be exposed to harmful and violent situations.

In 2016, the Diocese of Katanga rehabilitated a primary school for 300 Pygmy students. It required the local people to participate in the rebuilding of the school if they were going to enroll their children. This project also offered afternoon literacy classes to the the mothers of students and other local women. After seeing their children’s academic progress, many parents now view education as an important component of their children’s future. 

All ARDF projects are holistic, providing practical help with spiritual growth. The Kalemie School is no exception. Here Pygmy and non-Pygmy students study together in an inclusive environment. After many years of mistrust and neglect, the Pygmy people found they could trust the Diocese of Katanga, which has strengthened the church’s evangelism efforts. 

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