Amazing Mother: KatunguOur next Amazing Mother is Katungu Kitsa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose heart was captured by an abandoned baby. A widow with six children, she named the new baby Moise and he is growing up surrounded by a network of people who are working together to care for his welfare.
When she entered the forest behind her house, Katungu Kitsa would have never guessed what she was about to discover.
“I saw white blankets all wrapped up on the ground” says Katungu. “I was really scared, but decided to open the blanket and to my great surprise, I discovered a baby boy!”
An unconscious newborn baby, still with his umbilical cord, had been left there alone. Struck with panic, Katungu she took the baby, informed the local community child protection committee, and ran to the hospital.
“We immediately transmitted the information with the leaders responsible for protecting children” says Oswald Baguma Alunja, a member of the committee. “We called the special police for the protection of children, World Vision, the mayor of the city and government officials from the social affairs so that we could see how to best protect this child.”
After investigation, the police couldn’t identify who had abandoned the baby. He was released from hospital after receiving proper care. Katungu decided to keep him, even though she is a widow with six children. “I named him Moise” Katungu says with a smile. “Just like the story in the Bible, I want the best for this little boy whom I now consider as my son.”
Because the information was transmitted quickly and efficiently to the different leaders, Katungu and her family benefited from all the necessary items for the baby in time. Thanks to World Vision, she also received seeds to grow vegetables and a goat. Additionally, the mayor of the city granted free healthcare access to the whole family and the community committee continues to monitor the situation.
While this seems like a process that should take place every time a child is not protected, all of this was only made possible because of a new project by World Vision in 2012.
“Two years ago, we made an assessment and realised that the lines of communications between the different groups looking at protection were not good, so we decided to mobilize them to work together,” says Eugene Kibukila, a World Vision Congo child protection coordinator. “We also led workshops on child protection with them so that they can better understand the issues and how to address them.”
Reporting incidents has become easier. People know what harming children means and, furthermore, they know how and when to report it. “Even though it is not perfect yet, the mechanisms for protecting children are getting stronger and better implemented,” declares Kibukila.
As for the little Moise, he is healthy and has recently received his birth certificate from the state. And as he barely escaped death like the Moise (Moses) in the Bible, who knows if he might become a great leader for his nation, thanks to a loving women who took him despite her difficult circumstances.
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