VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
In Congo, helping children catch up in the classroom
September 28, 2012 by Sinziana Demian
|Leontina and Ester during their first week of school in more than four years. Until recently the girls were among an estimated 7.6 million Congolese children who do not attend school. They are now making up for lost time in an accelerated learning program run by the International Rescue Committee. Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC|
For Fatuma Kitete, a 40-year-old mother of seven, every day comes with a heavy burden. From dawn to dusk, she relentlessly carries plastic canisters filled with sand balanced on her head from the shores of Lake Tanganyika to the town of Kalemie. For her grueling efforts, the construction company, which hires her by the day, pays her roughly $2. That sum buys just one nutrient-poor manioc meal for her large family.