BUMI, meaning LA VIE in the Luba language, , is a NGO in DRC of humanitarian aid and development created in 1985 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Thérèse Ilunga, Lucien Moser and friends, to solve public health, under-development and poverty problems, to provide care and upbringing for the youth and children living a difficult life (street children, abandoned, orphans).
The actions of BUMI start at the north of Katanga, where many villages have suffered from armed conflicts. Thérèse and Lucien start with investing their energy in actions which aim at raising awareness among the inhabitants about the notions of sanitary hygiene, peace and respect of the fundamental rights. Then, in Lubumbashi, they create a dispensary intended for the most deprived people, where they provide low-cost quality medical care. In 1992, political and social tensions plunge the city in a violent period of unrest which will worsen the phenomenon of the street children. This is when they will decide to focus their humanitarian and social actions on the welcoming, protection and education of these numerous abandoned or orphaned children.
The adventure started with the care of 20 boys – our reception houses, in the Karavia Children’s Village, nowadays have about 150 boys and girls, aged between 0 and 18 years old. This was followed by the construction of 2 schools currently frequented by more than 500 children.