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October 2017
DRC
In October this year, Simon, Annie and Theodore visited the orphanage “Club Menelik” in Ngaba (Kinshasa).
Why the DRC?
We undertook several projects in other parts of Africa before deciding that the DRC had identifiable needs which Club Menelik and volunteers were keen to support.
When did we start our Volunteering programme?
Our DRC volunteering programme commenced in 2003 and we have taken volunteers back every year since then. We offer opportunities to visit develop activities for volunteers in orphanages, schools, universities, hospitals and clinics, and in our various community-based projects.
What does Club Menelik Centre do?
Club Menelik Centres are a group of orphanages originally adopted by Menelik Education seven years ago which Club Menelik now supports. Based in various parts of the DRC, including Kinshasa, Boma, and Goma, the centres are well established and have a number of initiatives to improve lives in their community (see our “Abroad page”).
Club Menelik in Ngaba is a community-based orphanage co-owned and managed by Mama Suzanne and the club, which sleeps up to 56 children but in addition, feeds up to 400 other children from the neighbourhood on a daily basis. This is a significant service, without which the community would struggle. Food is prepared on a small stove at best and served to the children in tin bowls. If you have never visited our orphanages, then you cannot help but be amazed at the work our teams carry out.
Club Menelik also supports local schools and provides counselling and legal services to nearby schools and members of the community who need our support. There is very scarce social service in the community to assist orphans. Children are often forced to drop out of school to look after themselves and their siblings in child-headed households. These children are often abandoned by their parents/relatives, and the clubs are there to offer these children shelter and food and help them access education, medication, counselling and other therapeutic services to help them to live healthy and meaningful lives. The centres also provide workshops and training for youths/adults and skills training/work; beading, sewing, and knitting.
Message from Simon Ward following his visit to the DRC

I am looking for laboratory glassware new, second hand or via a donation for a school in Boma (Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)). If successful the objective is to supply other schools across Africa.

Introduction

On a recent trip to the DRC to help develop agriculture and renewables I visited a number of schools. The teaching was outstanding but the equipment was poor. Science education is about learning and practical work is part of education. I want to supply laboratory equipment to the school so that the children can actually solve problems and not just learn about solving problems. This all contributes to a better future.

While any laboratory equipment would be put to good use we are after the basics such as burettes, pipettes, flasks and test tubes. The full list is attached.

The charity I am assisting is Menelik Education run by Theo Menelik an extraordinary person based just outside Cambridge http://www.menelikeducation.info/. A shipping container leaves the UK once or twice a year for the DR Congo with educational materials so if we can collect the requested laboratory items from you, or you can send them to me, there is no further cost.

If you would prefer to donate we have set up an arrangement with Stratlab Limited who can translate any cash donation into equipment. Talk to John or Alison Bateson at Stratlab Ltd. Unit 1Norwood Road March PE15 8QD Tel.: +44 (0)1354 657000 email: admin@stratlab.co.uk

Schooling in the Congo

In Boma pupils arriving late for school are not allowed into class but this is not an opportunity to bunk off. Later arrivals stand by the class doorway all day to avoid missing anything. Schooling for the Congolese is serious and not to be taken for granted.

Many parents cannot afford to send their children to school every year so pupils studying the International Baccalaureate ranged from 12 years old  to over 20. Class sizes are about 50 and there is only a thin partition between adjoining classes so concentration is vital.

Unusually, there are more girl than boy students in the Boma school. Eighty percent of the girls go on to study medicine either as doctors or nurses.  (Spelling test based on words contain “ur”: What female worker do you find in a hospital with the sound “ur” Answer “surgeon”).

The picture shows the entire chemistry laboratory and equipment for the 1,000 pupils. It is not enough to give grounding on equal terms with the teaching. The COSHH report might also require a little effort. The irony is that the DRC is a significant supplier of minerals for smartphones and batteries so we already gain from their resources. It would seem reasonable to help the Congolese to understand their own resources to improve safety and reduce waste.

The list

To be blunt any equipment would be a step forward but the following basics were identified as being of priority:

  • Beakers
  • Burettes
  • Round bottom flasks
  • Conical flasks
  • Pipettes
  • Test tubes
  • Water condensers
  • Measuring cylinders
  • Funnels
  • Ceramic evaporating dishes
  • Burrette stand
  • Miscellaneous tubes and stoppers
  • pH papers
  • Filter papers

More exotic equipment such as chemical scales, pH meters and microscope were also badly needed.

Queries and questions

I am more than happy to answer, as best I can, any questions. If you are feeling more adventurous I am sure that the Menelik Foundation would be happy for you to safely deliver the equipment in person and even organise for you to give a science lesson.

 

SIMON WARD

Increment Limited

11 Margett Street

Cottenham

Cambridge

CB24 8QY

01954 252 859

Simon.Ward@increment.co.uk

Printable version of the above list: SW School note DRC 2017

Nelson Mandela – The greatest African/World leader

Nelson MandelaWe were touched by the words of president Kaunda, presidents of Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia. We were also touched by his grand daughter’s words. We salute Jacob Zuma for rising to the occasion, and for giving his other chick. We are extremely proud to be African today, proud that we have had the opportunity to meet great African leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, Kenneth Kaunda, Babu, Tadjudeen and many more. We hope many African have watched the sending off of this great man because if they did, then we know for certain that Africa’s future will be bright again and as we speak, guns and cannons are being silenced one by one on this great continent and indeed around the world, not just for today but for ever. We also know that the many who our leaders have let down, will as from now, live in hope again. Long live Africa, and long live the wisdom of Madiba in each and everyone of us.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Midiba at the 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, Walter Sisulu Hall, Johannesburg,18 May 2002

DSCF2070Un réseau nationale de transformation sociale, économique et écologique.

Partant du constat que le Congo va mal, Menelik a mit en place un réseau de transformation sociale et économique.  Pour être concret, il faut savoir que le réseau est né d’une volonté commune de tisser des liens en s’appuyant sur les problèmes, les luttes et par la suite les activités, les expérimentations réalisées par les membres du reseau et des personnes solidaires de leurs combats. Le reseau et nee en Mai 2013.

Nous avions compris très rapidement qu’un réseau, que notre réseau ne pourrait se cantonner au domaine de la précarité et de l’exclusion mais qu’il a la vocation de prendre en compte l’ensemble des aspects du vivre ensemble, c’est à dire les aspects sociaux, économiques, écologiques, culturels ainsi que la communication qui en découle.  Pour en savoir plus cliquez ICI

DSCF2061A national network forsocial, economic and ecological transformation.

The Congo has serious problems, therefore Menelik is setting up a network for social and economic transformation. To be concrete, the network was a common desire to build relationships based on problems, struggles and translate these into projects, and experiments. The network was born in May 2013.

We realised very quickly that a network, our network could not be confined to the realm of insecurity and exclusion, but he has the vocation to take into account all aspects of living together is ie social, economic, ecological, cultural and communication. For more information about the network click HERE

IMG_0329Menelik Education membre du jurie a l’Institut Carter (06/2013)

 

Menelik Education membre du jurie a l’Institut Carter (06/2013)

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La Foire des Fraises – Cambridge

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Si vous vivez au Royaume-Uni et pouvez vous rendre à Cambridge le 1er Juin, pour découvrir le meilleur de ce que Cambridge peut offrir quand il s’agit de la communauté mondiale. En effet Ménélik va contribuer à ce grand événement “Foire aux fraises” ce samedi. Ça va être génial, avec de la danse, la nourriture et de l’artisanat du Congo. Pour plus d’information sur ce festival, visitez ce site: http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk/DSCF8773

Strawberry Fair – Cambridge 

If you live in the UK and can travel to Cambridge on the 1st June, experience the very best Cambridge can offer when it comes to world community. Indeed Menelik will be contributing to this great event “Strawberry Fair” on that Saturday. It’s going to be great, with some great dance, food, and arts and crafts from the Congo. For more information about this fait please follow this link: http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk/

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La MONUSCO avec l’equipe MENELIK a Kinshasa
MONUSCO meeting MENELIK’s team in Kinshasa

DSCF4039Kinshasa (05/2013)

L’équipe chargée de conduite et discipline de la MONUSCO en partenariat avec MENELIK EDUCATION a organisée une activité de sensibilisation au Collège St Georges pour les élèves des 6eme années des humanités.  Pour lire cet article, cliquez sur ce lien MONUSCO MENELIK JUNE 2013

Kinshasa (05/2013)

The MONUSCO team in charge of conduct and discipline organised in partnership with MENELIK EDUCATION an awareness campaign at St. Georges College for year 6th students.  If you would like to receive the report in English please write to us to: info@menelikpartnership.org

Computer time

Le Club Menelik

Les CLUBS Ménélik sont très populaires et ces membres en RDC et en France où ils ont debuté, se réunissent chaque semaine via skype pour échanger, débattre et écrire des articles. Les membres du CLUB MENELIK Rouen nous aident dans la collecte des livres pour notre projet de bibliothèque à Saint-Georges.  Pour en savoir plus cliquez ICI.

rencontre menelik rouen 210513 (7) Menelik Club

The MENELIK CLUBS are very popular and members both in the DRC, and France where they have been established, meet weekly via skype to exchange, debate and write articles.

Currently, the members of MENELIK CLUB Rouen are helping us collect books for our library project at St Georges. For more information click HERE.

 

Un séminaire scientifique à l’ISS/Kinshasa sur la recherche en sciences sociales

Kinshasa, 21/3/2013 (ACP) L’Institut supérieur de la statistique de Kinshasa (ISS/Kin), en collaboration avec le Réseau interuniversitaire « Menelik éducation », a tenu les 19 et 20 mars courant, un séminaire scientifique sur la recherche en sciences sociales, axé sur le thème central : « Comment faire une recherche qui fait une différence réelle dans la vie ». Le directeur général de l’ISS/Kin, le Pr Muhindo Gyenano, qui a présidé les deux journées des travaux, a fait savoir que la recherche doit permettre à la société de faire face aux défis actuels en vue de favoriser le mieux être  et le développement intégral. « Pour la RDC dont l’ambition est de devenir un pays émergent au cours des vingt années à venir, la recherche devrait constituer un levier essentiel pour atteindre cet objectif  », a-t-il déclaré. En outre, a-t-il ajouté, ce séminaire vient de sceller de manière concrète le partenariat entre l’ISS/Kin et Menelik Education, ouvrant également la voie de l’inauguration de la coopération interuniversitaire entre son institution et les universités occidentales, en commençant par l’Université de Tallinn, représentée par Katrin Niglas. Le personnel académique, scientifique et les étudiants auront la possibilité d’échanger les expériences dans divers domaines de recherche, a-t-il souligné, avant d’évoquer les problèmes auxquels l’ISS/Kin fait face notamment l’insuffisance.des infrastructures, des équipements et des fonds documentaires, sollicitant l’apport de tous pour la promotion de son institution.

Les débats et les échanges entre les intervenants et les participants étaient au rendez-vous.

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