BOMO, DR Congo
Our partners in Kinshasa, DR Congo work with young sex workers. They offer them alternative and dignified employment opportunities. Their 1 year residential training course in sewing and tailoring enables the women to learn a new skill and experience a loving Christian home. Many leave having come to faith. Upon graduating the course, each of the women is given a sewing machine to help her set up her own workshop or find employment.
Rachel was 12 years old when she became a prostitute. She was orphaned at the age of 7, and was cared for by an impoverished grandmother. Unable to continue her studies due to money, she left home and began living and working as a prostitute in Kinshasa.
Rachel first met one of BOMO’s street evangelists at a hotel where she would often meet clients. They spent time talking with her and sharing the Gospel story. The team helped Rachel to understand that God has other plans for her life, and that with their help she could choose those plans and flourish.
In January 2018, at the age of 21, Rachel entered BOMO’s year-long residential course. The course not only provided her with vocational training in sewing and tailoring, but also literacy and numeracy skills. She currently lives at BOMO’s home with 11 other young women and their wonderful houseparent, Maman Joly. The home offers a safe place to experience Christ’s love and many come to faith.
As Rachel’s year comes to an end and she graduates, we want to give her and the other students a leaving gift of a sewing machine. This will enable her to either set up her own workshop or use it to gain a job.