Mimi Visits PTPL Scholarship Students in the Congo
This May – twenty years after fleeing the eastern Congo as a war refugee – People to People (PTPL) co-founder, Matumaini “Mimi” Furaha, returned to her native land in Uriva, Congo for the first time.
In addition to visiting family and friends, Mimi visited all the schools where PTPL scholarships fund students. This year PTPL educational scholarships are funding 147 primary students and 87 secondary/vocational students. Many of these youth are orphans.
Scholarships for primary students cost $30 for a full year of instruction. Scholarships for secondary students are $50 a year. All scholarship are funded through donations to PTPL.
At the Mbobo School, she told the students, with many parents and relatives looking on, “You can help yourself by getting your education…it will make a difference in your life and in your community.” Asked by Mimi about their career goals, children answered, “teacher, nurse, mechanic and social worker.” One little boy had a vision for his country. He said, “I want to be president so that I can build houses for people.” Said the local pastor as Mimi entered the school at Kasembura in the war-torn country, “Kasembura’s God is still alive.”
With the help of our donors, People to People Liaison has been educating students in eastern Congo since 1999.
The Mission of People to People Liaison is to empower families from the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be self-sustaining by providing funds for education for children, vocational training for young men and women and microcredit loans to women to start or grow a small business.
People to People Liaison is a 501(c)3 organization.