About Our Christmas Project
Wars, violence, poverty, hopelessness: these are words that are usually used when talking about vulnerable children. Wouldn't it be wonderful to include words such as: hope, joy, excitement and fun? In 2005 Tresor Yenyi, a foreign exchange student from the Democratic Republic of Congo was in America with some new friends. One of these Americans presented Tresor with the question, "What would make people in the Congo happy on Christmas day?" After some discussion, his friend Rick offered $300 to make Christmas special for the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funds were used to buy food, soap, and pay medical bills for people at the Saint Joseph Hospital. It was a memorable Christmas; it was the beginning of Mwangaza.
The Christmas Project is our oldest project and currently reaches out to all of our locations and sites. At Mwangaza we believe Christmas is a special time, and our goal is for our kids, workers and volunteers to have fun and celebrate. Each year we work hard to create amazing Christmas memories. Our hope is that these new memories will eventually replace the hurt and pain with memories of joy and fun. Our Christmas Project aims to be a manifestation of God’s love for them!