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ELISABETH PH HEISER FOUNDATION
May 26, 2010

I visited the orphanage as part of my high school senior thesis project in 2006. The orphanage creates a safe place for street children in Kinshasa to become part of a family. The unique sense of community that has developed within the orphanage is something that I think will benefit the children for the rest of their lives. As a visitor to the orphanage, I was welcomed into their community and learned how dedicated the members of the orphanage are to the well-being and future of the children. School is the top priority for most of the children, and they spend most of their day either in school or working on homework. The small size of the orphanage and the love provided by the care takers makes the Admirable Mother Orphanage a truly special place where each child receives the attention they need to help them grow both intellectually and emotionally. The orphanage provides a safe-haven for street children in Kinshasa, where the number of vulnerable children is growing due to AIDS and the ongoing conflict in the east of the DRC. I think that the Mere Admirable is unique in that it provides a community setting dedicated to ensuring the security and compassion these children need. I was impressed by all that the orphanage has done thus far in its creation, and strongly believe that it will continue to positively benefit the vulnerable children in Kinshasa.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my visit to the Mere Admirable orphanage in 2006, and continual communication with the founder and communications personnel of the foundation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to provide the orphanage with sustainable funding. There are multiple projects that I think would benefit the orphanage including internet access and computers to diversify forms of education and opportunity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication that it's members have for the well-being of vulnerable children in Kinshasa, DRC.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate and willing to show visitors the successful work that they are involved in. I felt welcomed and engaged by the staff and volunteers to learn more about how the orphanage functions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand it's efforts to help more vulnerable children in Kinshasa. More funding would allow the organization to diversify its projects and provide greater access to education and health care for the children.

Ways to make it better...

I was more educated on the issues of vulnerable children in Kinshasa beforehand, and was more culturally aware of the traditions in the DRC. I wish that I was more fluent in the language so that I could have communicated more effectively.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. The organization provides amazing care for these children and so much more could be done if there were better sources of sustainable funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the political and economic environment in the DRC presents obstacles for the orphanage, however this said, the orphanage has made large strides in helping the children that it can.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & I visited the orphanage and worked with the US embassy to apply for grants.