reaching BEYOND

Why do we always expect people to come to us? Ours is a culture of convenience. We are used to people coming to us and providing services, i.e., McDonald's drive-thru windows. However, those in need may be the most difficult to reach, and therefore probably in need of the most help.

Pymgy children near the Global Refuge Oicha clinic in DR Congo

Pymgy children near the Global Refuge Oicha clinic in DR Congo

Our hope for the pygmies of DR Congo is not that they will remain in displacement for the next 10 years to provide ourselves job security. We are not receiving money per displaced person as some governments or organizations do. Our hope is that they will SURVIVE this very difficult time of running away from war and then be equipped with what they need to THRIVE again while they wait to return home and for years to come. 

The pygmies of Eastern Congo want to go back to the bush! They are starving and socially very uncomfortable on the outskirts of Oicha. Many of them have shifted recently to the edge of the bush in hopes that the fighting would move to another location and that they would soon be able to reach their precious jungle homes once again.  

The GRI DR Congo staff has been providing health education, treatment and agriculture to the pygmies for the past year and a half, and their need doesn't end once they return home. We will still need to reach them to assist and monitor them. Currently, the DR Congo staff does not have transportation to conduct outreach. We rent vehicles as needed. It is approximately 7 miles to where the pygmies are currently staying.

GRI staff doctor, Philippe, on a recent outreach to the pygmies near Oicha

GRI staff doctor, Philippe, on a recent outreach to the pygmies near Oicha

However, thanks to generosity from one donor, our DR Congo staff will receive two new motorbikes in the next few weeks that will enable them to reach the pygmies with life-saving care. This is a beautiful, tangible way generosity can change lives.

-Shaunessy

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