DRC Awareness and Fundraising Tour 2022

Greetings From the Democratic Republic of Congo!

Fidele and I are happy to announce the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Awareness and Fundraising Tour! I will be traveling throughout areas on both the East and West Coast of the United States in March thru mid-June, 2022. 

The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness and funds for our work by presenting current information concerning DRC, the work we are doing, and our future plans and projects. 

Oral presentations include the use of PowerPoint slides containing a multitude of photos and illustrations. In addition to general introductory information, hosting persons/organizations may choose to focus on specific areas of interest: Peacebuilding, Trauma Education, Agriculture, Improving Lives of Women, and Faith Communities. Presentations can be adjusted to fit audience interest and time restrictions. 

A display containing information about TUBA, books authored by Fidele Lumeya, CDs containing original songs by Fidele, and photographs and wall art depicting the land and people of Congo is also available. 

Attached you will find: 

·         Letter introducing the Awareness & Fundraising Tour 2022

·         Introduction to TUBA

·         Newsletters spanning the 2 years we have lived in DRC 

·         A list of dates available in specific regions of the US 

We are asking for your help. Please, consider the information provided and allow me to share our work with your group, organization, institution and/or faith community.  

For more information contact: 
Fidele Ayu Lumeya 011 243 82 70 35 287
Email: flumeya@gmail.comRlumeya@gmail.com.

Thank you.

LOVE & PEACE,

Leah Lumeya

Building safe environment for schools

Project name: Building a Safe and Healthy School Environment

Millions of children and adults across the DR Congo spend their days in school buildings. Many of these buildings are dire need of repair or replacement. Students need a safe, healthy environment in which to learn & thrive.

TUBA has begun a staged project to improve the school environment in Kafumba and Malela.

Stage 1: Build desks

Currently, students sit on the dirt floor, or on wooden poles. They sit with backs bent as they write on the floor or with a tablet balanced on the pole before them…. all day long.

Stage 2: Erect a common/community building in Malela.

This will provide a secured area to store the the desks when not in use. It will also provide an area for school assemblies & meetings, vocational classes for older students, and community and church functions.

Stage 3: Repair and/or replace school buildings.

TUBA has submitted this project to funding agencies,

Stage 4: Provide books and materials for students.

A large number of students complete the required 12 years without ever having a text book, or access to any book. Information is written on a blackboard and students copy it and take notes.

Stage 1: Desks

Implementing Agency: TUBA

Locations: Kafumba and Malela

Province: Kwilu

Country: DR Congo

Cost: $30,000

Number: 600 desks

Period: 2021

Need: partners.

Cost: 50$/ desk (2-3 students per desk

Multipurpose Hall in Malela

Multipurpose Hall

TUBA is offering to Malela village a multipurpose hall. Students,  farmers and others will use this hall for multiple program.
 $5= 1 corrugated Iron cost.
We have 15. 
45 are needed. 
Your financial contribution is needed.

Construction à Malela de notre Salle Multiservice. 

Malembe malembe.
Mwendo ya Gambiya, 
Petit à petit, 
One step at a time.
Une tôle coûte $5 vos contributions  sont attendues.
 Nous avons déjà 15. 
45 manquent.

Project name: Safe and Healthy school environments.

Project name: Safe and Healthy  school environments.

Millions of children and adults across the DR Congo spend their days in school buildings, and they need safe, healthy environments to thrive, learn, and succeed. Thus, this  project.
Implementing Agency: TUBA
Locations: Kafumba and Malela
Province: Kwilu
Country: DR Congo
Cost: $10,000- $5000
Number: 600 desks and one multi service room
Period: 2021
Need: partners.
Cost: 35$/ desk

300 Desks Project

This year 2021 TUBA is supplying 300 school desks to 2 primary and secondary schools in Kipuka district. 150 In Kafumba and 150 in Malela. Both schools are supervised by the MB church of DR Congo.

Sitting on the ground, backs bent over schoolwork will no longer be the story for the children in Kafumba & in Malela! The first desks at Kafumba are assembled (top right photo). The children are very excited to be able to sit at a desk for their studies. 

Good News

Good News

TUBA received seeds and tools from

The United Nations Food and Administration Organization, FAO, on March 9, 2021. 

The donation goes to support the agribusiness and innovation program of TUBA. TUBA supports 100 farmers in Kwilu province.

The board members thank FAO and TUBA partners in State College, PA, for their financial support.

Collective Security and Individual Liberty

Collective Security and Individual Liberty the New African Union Challenges and Opportunities.

African Union under the DRCongo leadership in 2021. 
As of today, February 6, 2021, two years after coming to power in Congo (Dec 2018), President Felix Tshisekedi will lead the African Union. 
This historic event is happening after 25 years of DRC’s absence at the top position of chairmanship of this continental organization. 
There are challenges to face, and there are also opportunities to be realized. Among the greatest challenges is the growing number of skilled, intelligent, creative youths living in a state of hopelessness, homelessness, and helplessness. 
The Information Technology Revolution will create the greatest opportunity to meet the challenge. By using satellite imaging technology to identify and track terrorists and their organizations in regions throughout Africa–including the Eastern Congo, the horn of Africa, West Africa, and the Sahel—skilled youths will find jobs, homes, opportunity, and purpose.
Smartphones have the capacity to allow us to access data captured from outer space, which are then analyzed and processed in real time. These same satellite technologies can support sustainable development by providing us with much-needed data on upcoming rainfalls and temperature variations, as well as land degradation, illegal resource extraction, illegal activity, epidemiology, and crop yields. This data also helps development actors and governments make informed decisions about policies and programming and use their resources more efficiently. Satellite-based telecommunications can assist emergency teams during disaster response, military and police of the regions facing gang crime and terroristic threat, and help track access to health and education facilities.
Funding will target entrepreneurs—skilled African youth, both male and female—interested in creating jobs and markets in the areas of developing and manufacturing satellites, their components, and applications; satellite system wiring and installation; computer engineering to coordinate, monitor, and collect satellite data; telecommunications operations; troubleshooting technicians; system performance monitoring and signal testing; fiber optics technology; and much more. 
Development will encourage African youth to pursue trade and educational opportunities, while advancing the security and success of their particular countries. Crime, terrorism, and extremism will decrease as ingenuity mushrooms. Desperation and despair will be replaced with hope as a plan is actualized.

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August 2020 Update

TUBA and women farmers

$ 150,000 is the amount that All United To Build, TUBA in acronym, needs to move 100 households in Kikwit and its surroundings from the state of endemic vulnerabilities towards empowerment. We invest in Agribusiness & Innovation. Our short and medium term result is the production of basic / improved seeds and their distributions. In the long term TUBA aims to empower 100 peasant women from Kikwit and make them entrepreneurs.

Hippo Story

Author: Leah Renée Lumeya

Since moving to Cite du Fleuve, Kinshasa last September I had heard rumors that two or three hippopotamuses visit the grassy banks along the river very close to our home. It was difficult for me to image that they would come to an area so heavily populated with people and industry. As a photographer, animal lover, and person concerned about the preservation of wildlife I scanned the waterways daily in hope that the rumors were true.  One March evening just at dusk I walked around the building across the road from our home and found myself staring at a huge hippo not 15 meters in front of me.

I have seen, photographed and recorded hippos on five occasions. I have been able to identify two individuals. Through conversations with employees of Cite Du Fleuve, neighbors, and others I have begun gathering stories and information about the hippos. I have come to realize that they hold the status of celebrity in this community and are much loved.

People in the neighborhood often come to get me when the hippos are seen out eating on the bank. On one occasion I arrived at the spot just as the hippo was going down the bank to enter the water. Across the water, on the far bank, people had lined up and were chanting, dancing, and singing. There were many children among those gathered. One of the men standing nearby explained to me that the people are the Mongo people. They are from Equator in Northern Congo. The river is their life. They believe in reincarnation, and that their ancestors come back as hippos. They also believe that they can communicate with the river animals. This particular hippo they called Koko (Grandfather). They were calling him with the chants and songs. They were saying “Grandfather, come out and say hello to your Mongo grandchildren”. Amazingly, the hippo did not seem to be afraid of them. In fact he went closer to them (still in the water) as they called to him and chanted. Though the hippo never left the water it tarried not far off the bank for nearly an hour before moving back into the deeper water of the river. The relationship between the animal and the humans was evident, and beautiful.

Since that day I have heard similar stories about hippos in Bulungu, Kwilu Province, and in other areas. As I continue to observe these animals and the mystery that surrounds them, I have hope that the respectful relationship will continue for many generations.