CAL CONGO SUPPORTS
- By educating girls, we will drastically reduce the number of child marriages, in turn decreasing the number of child mothers and the loss of trillion of dollars (in developing countries) by 2030. This is not only a target for CAL CONGO but a target under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- We can play a role in reducing infant and child mortality, as well as maternal deaths. UNESCO has researched that if all women had a primary education, there would be 15% fewer child deaths. If all women had a secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving 3 million lives. In sub Saharan Africa, if all women completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives.
- CAL Congo will participate in helping to boost the DRC economy. World Bank reports in a study of over 100 countries, every 1% increase in women with secondary education boosted a country’s annual per capita income growth rate by 0.3% points. There is a common African proverb that states “If you educate a man, you educate an Individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.
- We will help DRC have healthier families. Educated women are more likely to take greater economic role in their families and communities, and they tend to reinvest 90% of what they earn into their families. UNESCO reports that if all women had a secondary education, 12 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition. Our Vocational school will target men and women who have missed out on opportunities to receive an education as children due to constant fleeing from war either as internally displaced persons or refugees. Through Skills training, our vocational, students are able to support and provide for their families.
- Pastoral Training and refresher courses, which will be easily accessible through CAL will enable pastors take courses approved by the MB Conference in will focus on the development and growth of the pastoral ministry. Past and present sermons shared from North American pastors will also be made available to the Congolese pastoral counterpart and vice versa for partnership purposes.
- CAL Congo will also act as a bridge to the seemingly loose youth relationship between the North American churches and their brothers and sisters in Christ from the DRC. Learning and mission Exchange programs especially among the youth will be highly cultivated among the churches, newsletters will be exchanged, intrinsic ideas will be exchanged and stronger partnerships will be forged.