Stories from people using our services                                                                    
Water

"Work on providing a clean water supply to standpipes in the village of Abeka and the hospital was completed in 2016.  Hospital admissions for diarrhoea in the first quarter  of 2017 were just 10, compared with nearly 200 in the quarter before clean water became available…. To the donors we say a great thank you for this noble work."

- Lucunga By'ucinda, Legal Representative of CEEACO


Literacy and numeracy training

"My name is Shipola Eloco, I am married with six children. I do not know how to express the joy that floods my heart (because) I read and write, I lived and I did not live because I was blind ; thank God, thanks to CEEACO in partnership with the British Friends who restored my sight by teaching me to read, write and count. I was afraid to participate in meetings because I could not read and write, now I feel proud. ... God bless this project."

-  Shipola Eloco


Microcredit

"I am the mother of seven children. I did training in dressmaking.  Despite this training I remained always a farmer because I did not have a sewing machine.  With God's help I received a microcredit loan of $100. With this, I could buy my sewing machine.  I force myself to pay back the loan and I'm sure as soon as I finish I will have an income from the machine, and my family will be well supported.  May God Almighty bless those who support this microcredit project."

- Cecile


“I buy palm oil and sell it in Makobola.  Before, I couldn’t sell at Makobola [because I didn’t have enough money].  Since I got the credit, I can go to Makobola.  I use the profit to pay my children’s school fees.”

- Women’s loan recipient, Abeka



Hospital in Abeka

"The doctors and staff are immensely pleased with the purchase of an ultrasound scanner which they've been waiting for since we known QCP. It means our service to pregnant women is now vastly improved. The patients are extremely happy about the ease of a rapid diagnosis. For these reasons, more women are coming forward for medical care during their pregnancies. The women are very happy to have precise knowledge on foetal viability and sex of foetus, precise age of the foetus, presence of foetal malformation, probable date and likely type of delivery.“

-  Dr Olivier Bakenga


“Things are getting better and better. The help from this project has made such a difference to us. We now have medication for any case that comes our way.”

- Silas Bahirira, Director of Nursing at the Abeka Community Hospital


Sexual violence

"My name is Fatuma Eshinge. I am a mother of six living children and I am 36 years old. I was sexually assaulted in the field by two men in military uniform, one of whom carried a rifle.  I (did) not speak to anyone for fear of being socially stigmatised and isolated. I was afraid that my husband would have reacted brutally if he was informed…. In moral and physical pain… I visited CEPAP (Centre for a confidential interview I was accompanied to the Abeka Hospital and was hospitalised for five days. My husband wanted to leave me, but through visits and multiple councils of advisers of  CEPAP, we are now in good collaboration. I thank CEPAP  for taking care of me."

-  Fatuma Eshinge


Peace work with refugees on the High Plateau

"Displaced people feel a great deal of fear in their hearts when they are advised to return home.  Children and young people look desperate. Youth appear to retain more negative emotions ...and can easily be influenced to integrate into violence groups. Malaria and stomach pain are two common diseases."

- Saied Isaac, Project Manager, CEPAP (Centre for Educaton and Peace and Psychosocial Support)  


“A woman of goodwill helped me with a dress and two plates. Today I receive a new dress. I say thank you.“

- A women displaced by fighting on the High Plateau.  
 


Trauma counselling 

“I have been an orphan since my parents were killed in Lulinda, territory Fizi.  My grandmother looked after me, although she was also diabetic and her husband had tuberculosis….A relationship I was in made me more vulnerable because my partner had suddenly abandoned me after he found out that I was pregnant….  When I told my grandmother about my physical state, she had a shock which led her to death.  My maternal uncle looked after me and I managed to bring into the world a little boy, who died three days after his birth.  …..I want to thank the counselors for their psychological and social support through their visits to me… thank you.


“I am a recognised mother of the old.  I am from Medium Plateau and my husband was a partisan of an armed group and died during fighting.  I sold alcohol products and my clients were mostly boys.  A CEPAP advisor visited me one day and discussed the consequences of alcohol.  But I did not honor his advice.  One day a bloody brawl opposed two boys in my pen, I was imprisoned.  All my money was stolen.  Since that day, I have abandoned this kind of business and recalled the CEPAP advice.  Today I sell tomatoes.  Thank you." 


“We thank the Trauma programme.  When the military attacked us [in 1996], we had to flee. Someone had to carry me on their back all the way to Baraka.  We slept on the road.  When I think of this, it hurts me.  It makes me think of my handicap and it makes me angry.  The trauma programme has [helped me overcome this], and helped me to live together again with others.”

- Munga Shabuni of Abeka, 35 years old.  He is handicapped and has no use of his legs


"I had strange ideas.  The Trauma programme has helped me to change.  Every time I saw a soldier I would flee.  Soldiers killed my husband in 1996.  After 1996, other wars came.  Our house was burnt and looted.  I was raped.  The teaching and counselling has helped me, especially the teaching that we can still live together with others.”

- Jeannette Epango of Abeka, an elderly widow (age unknown) with seven children


“I thank God, because in 1996 we were in such a difficult situation.  We were sleeping in the bush.  But with the help of God, we have the trauma center.  The Trauma programme has helped me get out of the problems I was having.  I was sleeping in the bush with my children like animals.  I would build a hut wherever we were.  The Trauma teaching has brought us together, though we were enemies with one another.  It used to be that if we saw a Mai-Mai, or a soldier, we would flee.  We’d leave everything and flee.  We love animals, and we lost people….but now we’re starting to live together with the military.  At that time, the military would come by and we’d flee….but now we even talk to them.  Now we sleep well.  The houses that were burnt are being rebuilt again. I also fled during the problems in October 2009.  We went to Makobola.  We came back after 2 weeks.  When we came back we got more training and were able to see that it’s normal to have problems, but that they won’t all be so serious.  I thought we would be displaced for a long time again, because of my trauma.  Attending trauma-healing training after this problem helped me to find more courage for the future.”

- Rashidi Mupenga of Abeka is also elderly (age unknown)