A JOURNEY WHERE TIME STANDS STILL
Micro-action in the heart of the Kivu Region to encourage access to schooling
The island of Idjwi is located in the middle of Lake Kivu, on the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our meeting with this territory was made through Father Ephrem, which has been for many years the pastor of Bumpeta, in the north of the island. He urged us to support one of the schools brought forward by the parish, the socio-psycho-pedagogical secondary institute of Cikoma. After several years of badly connected landline and Internet correspondence, we decided to visit the local community to see for ourselves Father Ephrem’s stories.
Starting from Goma, it took us about two hours to reach Bugarula, on the northern shore of the island across Lake Kivu. On our arrival we were greeted by nature, which dominates the landscapes prosperous and sovereign. From the first moments on the island we seem to have arrived in a land where time has stopped back in the stories of our grandfathers. The slow pace of people walking through the narrow lanes of the village, carrying on their heads loads of wood or baskets full of fruit, the rhythms dictated by pasture and agricultural activities, the sight of dense groups of children surprised to see us arrive, brings us back to the rural reality that once have belonged also to our country and to our past. (more…)