Interview with Beatrice Mbayo, October 25th, 2016

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Kentucky has a proud history of welcoming refugees from all around the world. Since 1994, over 30,000+ refugees have been resettled in Kentucky. Refugees are initially resettled in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Owensboro. Many other refugees have moved to Kentucky after initially being resettled in another state. Language access needs continue to challenge the economic wellbeing of families in the growing local immigrant community.

  • Through interpretation services, DOMH works with local organizations and employers to support language access needs and work force development(currently supporting French, Swahili, Lingala and Shona speakers). Immigrants are potentially in a more vulnerable position in the labor market due to language access limitations.
  • Through personalized life coaching, immigrant and refugees are able to connect to a mentor/life-coach to provide guidance and general support through the resettlement program.

The DRC’s education system struggles with low coverage and poor quality. It is still one of the countries with the largest number of out-of-school children. It is estimated that 3.5 million or 26.7% of primary age children are out-of-school, of which 2.75 million live in rural areas. Of those who do attend, 44 percent start school late, after the age of six (UNICEF).

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has resulted in mass displacement with many people finding themselves far from their homes. DOMH is working in deserving communities to improve access to human services. DOMH partners with the sister organization named Reve de mon Pays to provide education, clean water and assistance to underprivileged youth.  

  • Serveing more than 400 students annually.
  • Employing 20+ staff and instructors.
  • DOMH is promoting reforestation initiatives in the Kinsevere community by promoting fruit-tree planting. By supporting fruit orchards, for environmental education and intern supporting student’s nutritional needs.
  • The water well sponsored and built by DOMH provides clean water for the school use and the community at large.
  • Conducting workshop seminars addressing health, education and conflict resolution.

Currently, the school is a successful model of community engagement. Parents financial contributions insure the operation of the school.

We are needing your help to continue.