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6/20/2023 Uganda (International Christian Concern) –– Kahambu Kahindo is hopeful that after her studies in Uganda, she will go back home to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be a mentor for many orphans picked from the war fronts where the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have continued to kill innocent Christians for three decades now. Kahambu spoke to our representative about her journey from Butembo to Kampala and her dreams of becoming a hope giver to the children refugees of Congo.  

“Many people do not know this, but I come from a family that has been supporting children whose parents were killed in the conflict in Eastern Congo, and I have been part of the mission that parents do since we have lived with these kids all our lives,” she said. “We do not live in a separate home from the orphanage, but we stay, play, sleep, and eat together with them. That’s the only life I have grown up in; helping orphans.”  

We met the fourth-year secondary student in 2022 at her parent’s orphanage in Congo when she dropped out due to a lack of school fees.   

“My hopes of continuing my studies were dying away when I was sent home due to lack of school fees. I stayed home for six months as my parents struggled to gather enough money for me to get back to school in Uganda. But that did not bother me a lot since, during that time, I used to help at the orphanage with cooking and washing the little babies. I did not consider it a loss knowing that the children had undergone a gruesome period, unlike me, who had both parents. Some of the small babies were picked while suckling their dead mothers. Others were brought to the orphanage sick since they stayed in the villages for days without anyone coming to rescue them.” 

Kahambu is grateful that well-wishers through International Christian Concern (ICC) took her back to school to continue her Computer Science and Literature studies.

“I am indebted to ICC for their kind gesture they showed by taking me back to school. I have been learning without worrying about how to get school fees. My life has never been the same since a lot has been done in my education, and I am now more focused on my dreams. My parents are also glad as they continue to take care of the children back in Congo.” 

Many young girls, like Kahambu, do not have the privilege of getting an education in Eastern Congo due to the ongoing three-decade conflict perpetrated by the Islamic extremists that have left millions dead or displaced. She aspires to be a light in the community and a model to orphans by showing the possibility of defying all odds for Congolese children. 

“My vision is to open up a rehabilitation center to help all the girls in Congo who have lost it all and are on the verge of giving up. These little orphaned girls go through a lot, from being molested to getting married at an early age. Others join radical groups and return to the villages to kill community members. When I am done with my studies up to the university, I will use my computer knowledge and languages as a tool to impact children so that they escape from the brutal challenges of being orphans.”