All girls primary school

Be part of one girl’s education journey: Meet Neema

Neema, pictured here at age 6, is one of Congo Restoration Girls School of Compassion first students. She started as a first-grader when the school opened in September of 2019.

Neema’s mother is handicapped and her father abandoned her when she was an infant. Too often, girls like Neema never go to school, as families who don’t have enough money for school fees often decide to send their boys and put their girls to work in the fields.

Neema started life with many cultural disadvantages — her handicapped mom and no father. But now she is getting the greatest gift we can offer her: an education. 

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We opened first- and second-grade classrooms in 2019 (40 in each classroom) and will continue adding classes each year through the 12th grade. We now have 120 students in grades 1 through 4. So far, 14 of our 120 girls have sponsors in the United States.

Here’s what a being a sponsor looks like at the Congo Restoration Girls School of Compassion:

  • You can lift one girl through the 12th grade for $29 a month or $350 a year. That pays her teachers’ salaries, her share of school administration costs, her breakfast and lunch at school, her school uniforms, backpack, books, and school supplies.
  • Your group (think United Methodist Women, book club, running group, college roommates) can sponsor a group of girls for a change-the-world bonding experience. Want to hear more? We can come talk to your group about the possibilities.
  • You’ll be matched with one or a group of our primary school girls. You’ll receive an annual update on your student, including an adorable photo like the one above.
  • Your student will know you have her back from primary school through her high school graduation. And from there, she will change the trajectory of her life, her family’s life, her community, and maybe her country by becoming a leader in whatever field she chooses.

Want to be a sponsor for one of our students? Sign up to donate $29 per month through UMCOR (which offers an automatic monthly donation option as well as a one-time donation option) or pay $350 annually through:

In addition to making your donation, please email our chair of the board, Dawn McMullan, to be connected to one of our students: We know there’s a more techy way to do this, but email Dawn while we figure that out. 🙂

Thank you!