CDCC Losanganya Guesthouse, Mbandka
Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)
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Community of Disciples of Christ of the Congo – Democratic Republic of Congo
The Community of Disciples of Christ of the Congo (CDCC) was founded by American missionaries more that 100 years ago. It has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States since 1899. Global Ministries has maintained a long-standing relationship with the CDCC and gladly strives to assist in the funding for their continuing work in central Africa.
The last of many wars (The Second Congo War) was a conflict, taking place largely in the territory of Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), which began in 1998 and officially ended in 2002. However, a true peace has been elusive and there is continuing concerns that the conflict will flare again. Estimates are that as many as 3.8 million people have died, mostly from starvation and disease brought about by the deadliest conflict since World War II. Millions more have been displaced or have sought asylum in neighboring countries. Despite several partially successful peace initiatives and agreements that led to an official end to the war in 2002, many of the armed groups have not disbanded and a reduced level of fighting continues today.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country of 60 million people striving to emerge from the situations sustained by the war. Economic conditions are improving very slowly. Many foreign companies and investors have abandoned the Congo because of its recent history of instability and calamity. It has been estimated that over four percent of the entire population carry the HIV/AIDS virus resulting in over one million deaths annually. The United Nations Human Development Index ranks the DRC at 152 out of 174 countries in the world. UN statistics for infant mortality in the DRC have increased from 114 per thousand in 1995 to 213 per thousand in 2002. The death rate for mothers following childbirth is 1289 per million and ranks the Congo among the highest in the world. Shortages of nearly all life’s necessities are widespread and families broken apart by war are common.
Economic sustainability presents a constant challenge for CDCC programs. The CDCC Financial Reform Committee has recognized this weakness and has determined that renovation and expansion of the Losanganya Guesthouse in Mbandaka will generate a portion of the additional capital necessary for moving toward self-sustainability. Since 1984, the CDCC has maintained the Losanganya Guesthouse that has served as a women’s education center and hostel. At capacity, the current facility can accommodate up to twenty persons. There are few other lodging options for visitors to the Mdbandaka (capitol of Equator Province and one center of Disciple activity) region. An expanded CDCC Losanganya Guesthouse represents an opportunity to benefit from the shortage of area accommodations.
As well as making essential repairs, the renovation plan calls for the construction of additional guestrooms, a large meeting room, a restaurant, and three apartments on the current site. The entire expansion program will be executed in phases over a four-year period. On-going evaluations will monitor the construction and operational aspects of the project and insure the venture stays on target. The renovated and larger Losanganya Guesthouse would be a welcome alternative to the area’s lack of suitable accommodations and provide meaningful revenue to the CDCC in their pursuit of economic sustainability.
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