For a number of years, TEXAF has been providing logistical and financial support for the activities developed by Béatrice and Pierre-Albert Nguelielé in Lodja and in the region of Sankuru.
This region, right in the centre of the country, is one of the most isolated in the Congo: there is no electricity, no running water, around one dozen vehicles, and only one mobile telephone mast for a town of 600,000 inhabitants and its region of 100,000 km2.
Béatrice has established kindergartens, primary schools and schools for mothers in buildings belonging to the group while Pierre-Albert develops test fields for food crops in a number of villages. As a pastor and civil society leader, he also has the authority to settle disputes and prevent many abuses of power.
In 2017, the main developments concerned:
· Kindergarten and elementary school "Petit d'Homme"
This school now hosts 160 toddlers and provides all the curriculum. It is becoming financially self-sustaining and self-managed.
· Modern high school "Pierre and Béa"
This high school, which counts the 6 years of the secondary program, records a hundred students, the first of which presented state exams.
A new building was inaugurated. It includes in particular a computer room with 50 machines, a first for the region: this room is accessible in the afternoon to other schools in the city and students of the Higher Institute of Commerce of Lodja, another initiative of Pastor Pierre-Albert.
Many projects are planned for 2018: the renewal of the library, the construction of a canteen, the planting by the students of an orchard of fruit trees ... One of them has just materialized: the electrification thanks to solar panels offered and installed by the engineers of the Belgian association "Energy Assistance".
• School of Moms
Two hundred mothers have already received training in literacy, household accounting or embroidery, training provided by four volunteers and two trainees. Thirty of them are graduated and the first have found a job in the public service.
For more than six years, the main agricultural activity has been the cultivation and distribution of some of the rice seeds of the improved variety "nerika" in Lodja and the surrounding area. This activity becomes a reference and now sells seeds to FAO programs.
Another activity is the Londa Development Center which supervises peasants and small associations and has created twelve fish ponds. His next project is the planting of trees to raise caterpillars that are a popular dietary supplement that can reduce poaching and the importation of protein biscuits.