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Jamaa Letu News—Spring 2022

Help Support the Orphans This June

The money collected goes to support the operating expenses of Jamaa Letu the orphanages such as food, clothing, school fees, utilities, medical care, and salaries for the staff.

COVID has changed the collection of this offering, but not the love and joy that goes with it. Please consider donating to your local church, designated Jamaa Letu, between now and the end of June.

Labels and other tools can be found on the Hope for the Children of Africa website

Thank you to Jean-Paul Dietrich

Jean-Paul is moving on to other ministries after having been in Lubumbashi, since 2017, working as a liaison between donors in the Northwest Pacific Annual Conference and the local churches for the two orphanages. Thank you for all you have done on behalf of the orphans and God bless you in your future endeavors.

The Hope for the Children of Africa Committee

See How the Kids Have Grown!

We have new photos of all of the children at the Jamaa Letu orphanages.

Girls Orphanage—CEJAL
(Centre for Jamaa Letu)


The main activities are still the same concerning the program HFCA: Food, shelter, education, health care, religion, social reintegration, family reunification, etc., For the Children of Africa! 

Events & Other Activities

We had a different set of activities during this quarter.

Among them we can mention:

March 8th: A Conference was held in favor of the children of CEJAL by Mrs. Adele (Gender Ministry) and Mrs. Elise Tshowa (Local Parliament).

Visits & Visitors

Elementary Local School Visits CEJAL Orphanage

Gamaliel School
Full Gospel Representative

Construction Project

We have received 16,000 US Dollars from our partners.

We are still waiting for the passing of the rainy season to start the construction of two additional classrooms to help us finance the orphanage.

Medical Care

The children are doing fine in general at CEJAL orphanage except for Victoire M who has been at the hospital several times during this last quarter.

Family & Social Reintegration

Micheline I. is now living with her family. We are helping her to finish this school year and obtain her diploma.

Victoire M is asking to leave the orphanage to have the experience of independent life. “How would we know that she is an adult if we keep her still?” she wrote! Unfortunately, Victoire suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia. She has her care, including medical needs covered by the student scholarship fund.


Victoire 02/02/2022 (31)

Assy 10/02/2022 (19)

Dimercia 22/02/2022 (15)

Patricia 24/02/2022 (13)

New Mattresses

We mobilized people willing to help us renew the kids’ mattresses that were in bad shape

CEJAL Girls @ School

Primary StudentsSchool GradeAge
Lolotte K6th11
Emmanuelle (Emany) K6th11
Jaelle K2nd8
Olive L7th12
Eliane L2nd11
Patricia M7th13
Dimercia M Y7th14
Dorcas S3rd7
Jemima S4th10
Stephanie S5th10
Francine T7th13
Secondary StudentsSchool GradeAge
Prisca K4th Science15
Suzane K M5th Science17
Jemima K L2nd15
Deborah K3rd16
Astrid (Assy) M E6th Social Technique18
Chatty M T3rd14
Abigael S3rd15
Naomie S4th Science15
Kulofwa Z2nd14
Professional SchoolSchool GradeAge
Marie-Choudelle I6th Couture23

Calling Out Our Top Students

We continue to encourage the girls to take their studies seriously following the example of:

Jemima K 66%
Stephanie M 60%
Dimercia M 60%
Naomie N 65%
Kulofwa Z 61%

CEJAL Kindergarten School

This quarter we lost 18 pupils just before Easter due to financial difficulties from their parents. This tends to happen at the end of the year.

All our thanks and gratitude to:

Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

Cecilia McGurk
Connie Griffin
Tim Graham
General Board of Global Ministries
Mississippi River District UMC
Mrs. Cynthia L. Fiala
Mr. Richard Bemis
Christ United Methodist Church
Missionary Jean-Paul Dietrich

Despite the troubled times we live in you have not forsaken the orphan children of Jamaa Letu and we beseech you to continue to do so.

God bless you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thanks for your support, guidance, and love!

God Bless You all!

Boys Orphanage—BART

We thank God almighty, full of love and mercy, who has been at our service and has brought us together and allowed us to deliver this work report.

Boys Activities

There were few changes in the usual activities; the boys have been busy with studies, and work such as cleaning their bedrooms, the church, and combing the compound.


Generally, the boys did well the first semester.

All the kids are well and are doing better in their studies.

Secondary School
Patrick N S6th
Nathan M N6th
Yannick K M6th
Willy K5th
Sandji M M2nd
Jenovic M3rd
Kelly K7th
Sandji E M7th
Primary School
Leon Mike T6th
Simon T R5th
Raphael K4th
Joseph K N5th
Bernard L I2nd
Lievin I3rd
Joseph M S4th
Bute I M1st

Visits and Donations

We were visited by the Clan Mwant Yav, and they brought some food and clothes to the orphans.

The wife of the Bishop, Madam Irene Kabweng came to visit the orphans and brought some food and buckets as well.

Some United Methodist Women young adult members came to visit the orphans and brought some goods.

The members of the United Methodist Galilee French Parish also brought food to the orphans.

Special Needs

We need a generator to resolve the power shortage problem.

We are not able to keep fresh food in the fridge because of the power shortage and also boys have difficulties reading during the night.

Medical Care

For this first semester, we had two cases, two boys, Bernard L I, and Nathan N M fell sick but now they are doing well.

Bernard L I was suffering from malaria and was admitted to Saint Joseph Hospital for one week but now he is doing fine.

Nathan M N was involved in a car accident when he was coming from school. His foot got injured but now he is also doing well.

Thank You

We thank you for your constant support during the last year and are very grateful to each donor of your conference.

Love And Blessings.

Kafweta Naweji Paul

Thank you for your support!

Support the Orphans Through These
Donation Options

Donate Online

You can help support our orphans and students by going to our website  and clicking on the Donate links.

Donate Through Your Local UMC

Local UMC Instructions: Mark donation to Jamaa Letu Orphanages & note if it’s for a Child & Youth Sponsorship, Education Scholarship, or general Jamaa Letu support. Talk with your coordinator.

Donate Directly Through the
Pacific NW Conference Office

Send Donations to Jamaa Letu Orphanages Pacific Northwest Conference Office P.O. Box 13650 Des Moines, WA 98193-1009. Mail donation or direct your bank to send the funds & note if it’s for a Child & Youth Sponsorship, Education Scholarship, or general Jamaa Letu support.

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The Jamaa Letu Orphanage newsletter is compiled from the December 2020 Quarterly Report from the Director’s of the BART, and the September & December 2020 Quarterly Reports from the Director’s of CEJAL Jamaa Letu Orphanages.

Girls Orphanage —CEJAL
(Centre for Jamaa Letu)


The main activities are still the same concerning the program Hope for the Children of Africa: providing food, shelter, education, health care, religion, social reintegration, and family reunification For the Children of Africa!

We were visited by different groups and foundation as usual:

Agapao Foundation held some lessons of baking, hair dressing and make-up for the girls of CEJAL.

We visited other orphanages to share our respective experiences

Centre Maison Kwetu & Maman Thabitha Orphanage
(Kolwezi / Dr Congo)

We were invited at Katalis Farm to share some quality times with friends

Visit at Katalis Farm with Missionary Jean-Paul Dietrich

We Also Visited the UMC Center on September 29th, 2020

Visit from Auditor

We have been visited by the auditor sent by GBGM to evaluate the work that has been done since last year.

We have participated to the meeting held at the UMC Center in Lubumbashi. The various topics included the status of our Church, the remarks made by the auditor and the line of work to adopt for the future.

A Gift of Supplies

We have received two additional laser thermometers to check every entrance to the orphanage from Wesley UMC /Nashville USA via Mr. RUKANG.


At Florence’s request, we have finally found a foster family. Mrs. Noella with the permission of the Episcopal Office was willing to take Florence into her care. Florence has left Centre Jamaa Letu on July 7th, 2020 and now lives with her new family.

Rosine/Jean-Paul/Florence Katalis (Farm)

Events and Other Activities

We had different set of activities during this last two quarters:

  • We are continuing to educate the girls and employees about the world’s pandemic and all preventive measures to be taken.
  • We participated to our Annual Conference from August 2nd to August 4th, 2020.
  • We participated to several briefings of our local United Methodist Church and we participated to our annual Executive Committee held on December 19th, 2020.

Christmas Celebrations and Gifts

The girls have received some pocket
money from our usual US partners as a Christmas gift.

We were visited by different groups and foundation around Christmas.

Medical Care

We have faced a few cases this last quarter among children and employees as well:

  • Jael K was hospitalized for a short time.
  • Choudelle I is still experiencing pain from her pelvis.

We had some quality times with friends

The Kikula Foundation and the Baraka Foundation

Gifts of Needed Supplies

We have also received some gifts from many friends and partners.

Water, Electricity, & Maintenance

We are experiencing a few problems with our power grid which is getting old in addition to the instability of electricity in our neighborhood.

We received some help from the Burgomaster of Ruashi to partially empty our septic tank.

School Report

We have started new school year 2020-2021 on October 12th, 2020.

The activities started slowly until mid-November when we enrolled 142 pupils.

All school activities in Democratic Republic of Congo were again frozen on December 23rd, until further notice from the authorities.

CEJAL Girls @ School

Prisca K3rdLolotte K5th
Suzane KM4thEmmanuelle K5th
Jemima KL2ndJael K2nd
Deborah K2ndOlive L6th
Micheline KI5thElaine L2nd
Astrid ME5thClarisse MK4th
Chatty MT2ndPatricia M6th
Abigael S2ndDimericia MY6th
Naomie SN3rdRuth NK4th
Francine T1stDorcas S1st
Kulofwa Z2ndJemima S3rd
Stephanie S3rd

Professional School

Marie-Choudelle I5thRuth K3rd

Thank You From CEJAL

We thank you our partners from Pacific North West Annual Conference for your continued love and support especially during these difficult times of crisis.

We thank our Missionary Jean-Paul Dietrich for being faithful in his guidance.

To our Church, donors and partners we say:
Thank you and God bless you all!
CEJAL prays for you and your families.

Thank you for your continued support even in these difficult times! May God Bless and keep you through this pandemic.

Boys Orphanage—BART

Thanks be given to God our Lord for the gift of life, his name be praised, Amen.

Boys Activities

The activities are still the same, there is no a big change.

During December vacation, boys celebrated Christmas joyfully. They also took pleasure in cleaning the compound, their rooms and also participating to different church activities such as choir worship. They also cook, wash plates etc. during the weekends.

This was on Christmas day children ate and they were very happy and satisfied . They enjoyed the celebration of Christmas and New Year

As you can see the kids were rejoicing and present their gratitude from their bottom of their hearts   to God the creator   who always provide life for them , the gift of life , people who love and support them, good and sound health and they are praying to God to give them a better future and hope . Children are presenting their gratitude for all what you do and still doing for them to have a better future. May God continually bless you.

Our Boys
Patrick NS
Nathan MN
Simon K
Joseph ZM
Chadrack KN
Yannick KM
Willy K
Mukey J
Gracia M
Sandji MM
Ely MS
Kelly K
Leon NM
Simon TR
Joseph KN
Bernard LI
Lievin I
Raphael K

About the Boys

By the grace of God all the kids are well and fit since last year up to now we give God all the glory and we also thank you for your support. May God bless you.

Medical Care

Boys who have been sick have benefited of medical care, they have been taken to the United Methodist hospital.


All the kids are well and they are doing better in their studies however due to the pandemic COVID 19 schools were closed last year and they were supposed to restart early January but the minister of education hasn’t yet say anything concerning the reopening of schools. So the kids are just staying at home not learning they don’t have private tutors and access to internet to access online classes.


When the recent auditor came he visited the orphanage and said all orphanages need to have an accenting and a supervisor. Now the problem we are running into is how pay they salaries, because the funds we are receiving per semester will not permit to pay salaries for the two worker and also the foods price are becoming very high due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Offices Activities and Work Done

Apart from our routine works we are participating in the church meetings at district level (Jerusalem district), we also look for support and we received many people who brought different gifts, support for the boys.

  • Taking them to hospital once they are sick.
  • Supervising their school performance
  • Helping them to understand their situation
  • In general advising them
  • Carrying for the boys
  • Giving them good food
  • Letting free kids who obtain their State Diploma
  • Contacting people for help.
  • To teach them the Christian life

Thank You from Bart

Together with kids we are very grateful, thankful from the bottom of our hearts we thank you for all what you do and continually do for us. May the almighty God continually protect and bless you.

Done in Democratic Republic of Congo the 20th January 2021

Paul Kafweta Naweji

Thank you for your support!

Support the Orphans Through These
Donation Options

Donate Through Your Local UMC

Mark donation to Jamaa Letu Orphanages & note if it’s for a Child & Youth Sponsorship, Education Scholarship, or general Jamaa Letu support.  Talk with your local coordinator for more information.

Donate Directly Through the
Pacific NW Conference Office

Send Donations to Jamaa Letu Orphanages
Pacific NW Conference Office

P.O. Box 13650 Des Moines, WA 98193-1009

Mail donation or direct your bank to send the funds & note if it’s for a Child & Youth Sponsorship, Education Scholarship, or general Jamaa Letu support.

Sign-Up for the Jamaa Letu Newsletter

News from Jamaa Letu

Girls Orphanage
—CEJAL (Centre for Jamaa Letu)

The Staff at the Orphanage Needs Prayers Too!

You might be familiar with the names of the children, but we also keep the staff in our prayers!  At the girls’ orphanage, please pray for:

Director, Mrs. Maruv Kayombo Rosine; secretary, Mr. Muteteke Cedrick; educator for the kindergarten, Mrs. Kanyembo Gisele, the Mamas, Mrs. Kalenga Mbuya Suzane, and Mrs. Mwadi Lyly; cook, Mrs. Mujinga Jeanine; House and Storage Keeper, Mrs. Ilunga Jose; and Gardener, Mr. Kapend Kazaj Eddy.  There are also 2 security guards from the YMUF Company.

Mama Suzane, our mother caregiver, has suffered a stroke that paralyzed her temporarily. It is clear that she can no longer work at the orphanage due to her actual physical and mental state. The local Episcopal Office will work for solutions on this sensitive issue to organize Mama Susane’s retirement as smoothly as possible in concert with her family.

Josephine I Got Married

Josephine got married on March 23rd, 2019 to Mr. Pierre M. The ceremony took place at our Samarie church in Ruashi and a reception was held at CEJAL in honor of the newlywed couple.

Esperance Is Expecting

In accordance to the orphanage’s rules, she couldn’t be allowed to stay at CEJAL with her sisters. We have met with her boyfriend and his family to find a solution to this problem with the help of Rev. Francine Tshisola. The family has accepted to take full responsibility over Esperance. She now lives at her boyfriend’s sister here in Lubumbashi downtown. She will continue to study at her high school and her tuition has already been paid in full prior to the unfortunate event. We can only hope that she will obtain her diploma this year and go on with her life.


Work is continuing on water and plumbing issues.

Local Support

Local support in the first quarter included corn flour, oil, fish, chicken, beans, toiletries and clothing.

Boys Orphanage—BART

Please Pray for the Staff of the Boys Orphanage

Please pray for the staff at the boys’ orphanage: director, Kafweta–Naweji Paul; permanent lady: Kamwengu–Nene; cook, Mand–Kalend; guards, Yimemisombo–John and Mutamba–Charle; and missionaries, Fresie Chikomb and Mr. Jean–Paul Dietrich.

A Boy’s Family Has Been Found!

You will notice the absence of Danny N, a child who lived the past two years in our orphanage. Danny was brought to us by social affairs office of Lubumbashi; they just located his parents and the child returned to his family.

A New Boy Has Joined the Orphanage

Recently we received a new boy from social affairs of Commune Kamalondo. He is an 8 year-old by name of Lievien.

Medical Update

During this quarter, we found out that Rumej has a medical condition that will require surgical repair.

Willy was hospitalized for few days.

Makobe was baptized.

Mukey, Rumej, and Willy are Boy Scouts.

Local Support

From local assistance, we received food, toiletries, and clothing.

Thank You From the Directors

Thank you so much for all your prayers and financial support for the children during all these years. May our Lord bless you.

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