BUMI is a non-profit organization (NPO) active mainly in the province of the Upper-Katanga – more precisely on the town of Lubumbashi. As required, its activities may also affect other regions of the DRC.
The BUMI association in DRC consists of a General Assembly (all members) and of a board of directors. A management committee, including the project coordinator, the Head of Resource BUMI activities and the person in charge Admin & Finance, meets monthly.
BUMI is also recognized as an asbl in Belgium and in France. Approximately twenty members lead activities of awareness and fundraising to support our humanitarian efforts in the DRC. They also relay to our European partners and donors.
In the field, a team of educators, teachers, health staff, technical staff, volunteers and site supervisors work in order to achieve the various objectives.
KEY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OUR FIELD TEAMS
OUR SPECIAL TEACHERS
The work of the special teachers is essential to the fulfillment of our mission. The teacher has a psychoeducational profile as well as practical knowledge of the right of the child and of the administrative procedure. Depending on his expertise, he performs street work, field research and family mediation, and he is working hand in hand with the social services and the juvenile court. The special teacher is also the person of trust for the first-mover child. His work includes the listening and psychological accompaniment of the child. Finally, our educators act as a role model for children and as a parental authority with the school and among external actors.
OUR MOM EDUCATORS
The concept of Mom-Educator goes hand-in-hand with the creation of family houses in Children’s Villages. They are women, often widows or single moms, ready to come live on-site and to take into care about ten children, like they would be hers. As well as the usual household tasks of a stay-at-home mother, the Mom-Educator brings to each child the love, the affection, and the learning of good manners and home life, essential components of his personal development.
OUR MEDICAL STAFF
Given the significant number of children in our two sites, a nurse is needed full time to ensure the medical follow-up of the children, particularly those who undertake a treatment or need special attention (babies, disabled children, epileptic children, children with sickle cell disease or children suffering from AIDS). The nurse is also in charge of home hygiene control and of food. At the reception centre of Kamalondo, our orphaned children are supported through a partnership with the Lisungi Mutual Company which allows 40 children to benefit from basic care in reference hospitals. In the Children’s Village of Karavia, a team of volunteer doctors take turns to ensure weekly consultations. Ultimately, the health centre under construction should accommodate a complete medical team for the care of children and of the surrounding community.
OUR TEAMS OF TEACHERS AND TRAINERS
In our two schools of Kamalondo and Karavia, a teaching staff takes care of the management and school training of the youth. Each school is placed under the supervision of a principal who also plays the role of an educator with the neighbouring communities in order to bring more children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend school. Teachers also oversee the catch-up and school support sessions that we organize for children with intellectual disabilities.
THE AGROPASTORALE TEAM
An agronomist, two agricultural workers and two cowherds currently work in this program on the sites of Karavia and Kakila. They ensure the quality of crops and the welfare of farm animals. In addition, they ensure the practical training of the children in the different activities: breeding and slaughter, truck farming and fish farming. They are placed under the supervision of the Assistant Coordinator who also works at the marketing of products with our local customers.