Covid-19 Update 12

News from our Partners – BOMO

At the time of writing, DR Congo has recorded 287 cases of Covid-19 and 23 deaths, with most cases being in the capital Kinshasa and a handful being reported in cities in eastern Congo. The government has taken steps to stop the spread of the virus by restricting all forms of internal and international travel, closing bars, restaurants, places of worship and schools. This lockdown period began on the 6th April and will continue until the 30th April at the earliest.

Our partners BOMO offer a residential vocational training programme to 24 women who formerly worked as prostitutes within Kinshasa. These women are being given training in sewing and tailoring so they may be able to gain dignified employment and/or establish their own small-scale sewing business.

As the restrictions began, the women and residential staff entered a lockdown, with all non-residential staff having to stay at home and all staff and students embarked on a 3-day prayer and fasting period for their situation and that of the country. Initially there were concerns about gaining adequate provisions before the lockdown but Mama Joli, one of the residential staff, reports that all is well. And the women have shown a true entrepreneurial spirit, learning how they can sew masks for themselves, to give to others who need them and even for selling to the local population!

Additionally, Rope has been working with the staff team to support their use of Zoom to enable them to deliver training to the women. Rope will be using funds from its Emergency Fund to purchase IT equipment to support remote learning.

If you would like to donate to Rope’s Emergency Fund please click here.

Please pray:

  • For God’s protection over the people of DR Congo, for those who are sick to be healed, for comfort for the bereaved and for God’s peace to overcome fear;
  • That the women at the centre would continue to be a shining example to their neighbours and community of hope, perseverance and confidence in the Lord in this season as they trust in Him, pray and put their skills into practice at this crucial time;
  • That the masks the women are making would help them feel useful and would be a blessing to the community, helping to relieve some of the fear the people are feeling about catching the virus;
  • For God’s continued provision for all at BOMO and for all those who are in lockdown in DR Congo. May the people not need to fear about food and shelter but instead experience the reality of God as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides.

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