Congo Kids off to College

Thanks to the support of the Congo Kids Initiative global community - Brigitte and Neema, two St. Kizito residents, are attending college this fall! Both young women are attending ISTM Nyankunde (High Technical Institute of Medicine). Brigitte is studying nursing, and Neema is training to work as a lab technician. 

As St. Kizito's children grow up, an important part of CKI's work will be to ensure that they have the professional skills to lead sustainable and healthy lives.


Brigitte was also raised by the nuns of St. Kizito after both parents passed away. She says she hopes to repay all those who helped raise her by returning to the orphanage once she graduates. Brigitte aspires to be a nurse or possibly a doctor.



Neema was brought to St. Kizito orphanage when she was seven years old after her parents passed away. There the nuns cared for her and sent her to school. Neema was always a very bright student and, with CKI's financial support, she was able to complete secondary school. She looks forward to continuing her education to become a lab technician.


Meet Elysee Pifwa

She is our coordinator in the Congo, currently helping arrange the transportation for Neema and Brigitte to get to college each day. She has previously worked with a variety of other NGOs, providing social services, addressing domestic violence, and helping children who have been through trauma. We are very lucky to have her on our team.

Elysee Pifwa (right), with Leslie Thomas- a CKI board member      (photo by Jiro Ose)                                                            

Elysee Pifwa (right), with Leslie Thomas- a CKI board member      (photo by Jiro Ose)