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Since 2012, the "Yanga Cooperative Support Association" in Switzerland (Unterstützungsverein Kooperative Yanga) has been cooperating with the partners in Yanga by financing small and precisely defined projects. As always in the past since its foundation in 1977, responsibility for all activities of the Yanga Cooperative lies with the partners in the Congo.

After the passing away of Dr. Emile Okitolonda, the head of the Coopérative of Yanga in October 2019, our most important contact persons are:

- Sister Jeanne Otemankoy (Kinshasa)

- Maman Cathérine Ngoy, lay sister (Tshumbe)

- Rebecca Toko (Tshumbe)

- Father Pierre Ohanga (Lodja)

New Maternity ward in Yanga

After extensive planning, this ambitious project was approved by the Executive Board on 21 October 2018 and the money transferred on 5 November 2018.

Responsible: Dr. Emile and Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy

Amount:

Building:                               22'792 USD

Water system:                        3'035 USD

Solar energy:                          6'264 USD

Total:                                     32'091 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo)

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19 February 2021: Opening of the new Maternity yard

During a small celebration and with great participation of the population, the maternity ward was inaugurated as an extension of the dispensary in Yanga. Two doctors from Tshumbe supplement a team of three nurses and three midwives for three days every month. The great rush of patients shows how important this service to the population is.










As the medical sector is not self-supporting and further equipment and medicines were needed, the Board approved an amount of 5'020 USD (+ 1% for bank charges in Congo) on 17 March 2021. The money was transferred on 18 March 2021. This money was also used to finance the monthly doctor visits in Yanga and the treatment of really very poor people. The monthly reports, which arrive regularly, give a good overview of all the consultations, births and treatments that have taken place. To maintain this important service to the people, the Board approved the following further credits (always plus 1 to 1.5% Congo bank charges):

- on 25 August 2021: 2'080 USD for September to December 2021, transferred on 26 August 2021

- on 4 March 2022: 3'120 USD for January to June 2022, transferred on 7 March 2022

- on 26 April 2022: 3'120 USD for July to December 2022. The money was transferred in June 2022.


Reconstruction of the school building for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade in Yanga Project

Responsible: Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy and Albert Ndjate

Project received on 9 Novmeber 2020

Project approved by the Board on 31 January 2021.

The small school building for kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grade in was severely damaged by a violent storm in autumn 2020. The Board approved the project of a new building on 31 January 2021. The money was transferred in tranches from February 2021. The construction cost including basic furniture was13'693 USD. The new building was completed at the beginning of the school year on 4 October 2021. This project was thus completed for the Board.



Toilets for three school buildings

Responsible: Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy and Albert Ndjate

Project received on 9 Novmeber 2020

Project approved by the Board on 31 January 2021

Old and young people in Yanga and the surrounding area keep dying of typhoid. Sr Jeanne sees the problem mainly in the fact that (too) many simply "relieve themselves" somewhere in the open. The construction of toilets near the existing school buildings is intended to remedy the situation and, above all, to get the young generation used to a reasonably hygienic way of life.

Amount: 5'342 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo)

The money war transferred in three stages until 26 August 2021, according to the progress of construction. The final account of 17 March 2022, with many photos, was approved by the Board on 26 April 2022, closing the project.

Another very bad piece of news came in April 2019: Sr. Jeanne was recalled from Yanga by the superior of her congregation. The reasons for this decision are a mystery to us. A few weeks later, she had to move to Kinshasa. Now she is responsible for the formation of young nuns in the capital. The search for a capable and reliable successor proves to be very difficult, especially after the passing of Dr Emile.


29 Oktober 2019: Dr. Emile passed away

At the beginning of April 2019, Dr. Emile, the head of the Cooperative of Yanga, fell seriously ill. An operation in South Africa became necessary because no hospital in the Congo was able to perform the necessary operation.

After long weeks under medical supervision, Dr. Emile was able to return to Kinshasa on 30 June. Unfortunately, his health did not improve as everybody had expected. There were complications and finally he had to be hospitalised again in Johannesburg at the beginning of October. There he died  on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at the age of 70. The funeral took place in Kinshasa on 9 November with great sympathy.

The death of Dr. Emile is a heavy blow for the Support Association in Switzerland. Not only do we lose a very good friend, but also our most important contact person. Our partners in the Congo are now challenged to find a reliable successor.

Project "Albinos07": Support for 32 people with albinism

Father Pierre Ohanga discovered four other people with albinism in his parish. They were in serious health problems and needed help. Together with him and Rebecca we decided to start the project "Albinos07".

Project submitted: 1 March 2020.

Responsible: Rebecca Toko and Father Pierre Ohanga.

On March 10, the Board approved 3'725 USD (+10% for distribution) for now 32 people in need.

The 4 x 200 USD for medical emergencies were transferred on 11 March. The rest was sent on 22 September 2020 to the beginning of the new school year. The project was completed with the final report of 9 November 2020.

In December 2019, Sr. Jeanne sent an interim statement of expenses of 20'345 USD for the empty building. Nothing has yet been bought and installed for the water system.

At its meeting on 19 May 2020, the Board approved the financial report for the empty building. It also approved an amount of 2'000 USD to buy necessary medicines. The final report was accepted by the Board on 31 January 2021. This amount of 2'000 USD made it possible to officially open the maternity on 19 February 2021 (see above).

Since the forced departure of Sr Jeanne to Kinshasa in April 2019 and the serious illness of the Yanga head Dr Emile, which led to his death, the solar energy and the water system have not yet been realised, although the money for them was already transferred at the end of 2018. Too much is still not clear after Dr Emile's death and we are very concerned. But we are doing what we can to ensure that the money we sent is used as intended.


Fish ponds in Yanga's neighbouring village Lombo

The inhabitants of Lombo, about 5 km from Yanga, had big plans. They wanted support to build ten fish ponds to breed tilapia (a type of perch). The Board welcomed this local initiative under village chief Lokadi Omasombo and approved the funds to purchase the necessary shovels, spades, buckets, boots and water pipes on 21 October 2018.

Responsible: Village head Lokadi Omasombo, Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy (and Dr Emile)

Amount: 3'310 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo)

The money was transferred on 5 November 2018.

A first tranche of 1'013 USD, which Dr Emile presented to the village chief Lokadi Omasombo a few months before he fell ill, was used to buy tools. By the end of 2020, four large ponds had been constructed. The photos of these ponds reached us on 23 December 2020. Due to the uncertainty that continues to this day following Dr Emile's illness and death, this project could not yet be completed and accounted for. Here, too, we remain on the ball and will keep you informed.

Solar energy for the "House of Directorate" in Yanga

Responsible: Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy (and Dr. Emile)

Project submitted: 14 May 2016

Project approved: 24 May 2016

Amount: 2'910 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo)

The money was tansferred on 20 Februaryi 2017. The project startet in February 2017. On 5 November 2020, we received photos showing that solar energy is installed and working in this building. On 17 November 2020

we also got the final report from Sr. Jeanne, which was approved by our Board on 22 November 2020.

Professional training for a mechanic

Responsible: Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy (and Dr. Emile)

Project submitted: 12 June 2018

Projekt approved: 10 September 2018

Amount: 1'500 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo)

The money was tansferred on 11 September 2018.

This project could not be continued after the illness and passing away of Dr Emile in 2019. On the one hand, this is due to the young man who was intended for this training. He suddenly no longer wanted to. On the other hand, since Dr. Emile's death, Yanga is developing more and more away from shared technical equipment and motor vehicles, which means that a mechanic in Yanga is less and less needed. We want to use the money transferred for this project for other projects once the uncertainties with Dr. Emile's heirs have been resolved.

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Current projects and news:

Care of the cattle herd

Since 1980, Yanga has owned a herd of cows that has survived both civil wars and many other difficulties. Currently there are about 20 animals. These cows, a flagship of Yanga, needed mineral salts, medication and a visit from a veterinarian. In addition, the walkway had to be repaired, where the cows are treated with anti-parasite medication, among other things. In order to cover these important expenses, the board approved an amount of 1'500 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo), which we transferred on 11 May 2021. The vet was in Yanga at the beginning of June, and on 17 June 2021 the final report with photos arrived, which was approved by the Board on 20 June 2021.

Credit for important tasks of Sr. Jeanne (03)

Sr. Jeanne is regularly asked for help to solve smaller and larger problems, although as a nun she has no money of her own. After the good experience with loans for such emergencies in recent years, the Board decided on 26 April 2022 to again provide Sr Jeanne with an amount of 2'000 USD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo). This way she can continue to help quickly and unbureaucratically when people can no longer cope with their problems on their own. The money was transferred in June 2022. Of course, the Board demands a meticulous account of these expenses.

Project "Albinos08": Support for 38 people with albinism

Father Pierre Ohanga discovered six more people with albinism in his parish. Together with him and Rebecca Toko we decided to start the project "Albinos08", this time for 38 needy people aged 1 to 67.

Project submitted: 3 August 2021

Responsible: Rebecca Toko and Father Pierre Ohanga.

On 8 August the Board approved 3'470 USD (+10% for distribution) for 38 people in need.

The money was sent on 26 August 2021, well in time before the beginning of the new school year. The final report we received on 8 November 2021, it was approved by the Board on 18 November 2021.

Renovation of the kitchen "Direction"

This kitchen is important to cook for the doctors from Tshumbe during their visits to Yanga. The 1'200 USD approved by the Board for this purpose on 26 April 2022 was transferred in June 2022.

Help for widows ("Widows08")

Responsible: Sr. Jeanne Otemankoy, together with the parson of Yanga (Abbé Lohohola Ndjate Théodore) and his vicar (Abbé Lombe Emmanuel).

Project description received on 13 September 2021

Project approved by the Board on 11 November 2021

Amount: 2'160 USD (+ 5% for distribution + 1% bank charges in Congo)

This 8th project to support poor widows in Yanga and the surrounding area helps 33 elderly women whose husbands have died. It includes a pagne (cloth for clothing) and a pair of light shoes for each. Also included in the project are 400 USD for medical care.

The money was transferred at the end of November 2021. The final report, dated 17 March 2022, was approved by the Board on 26 April 2022.

Project "Orphans08": Support for 30 orphans

This is the 8th project to help orphans in the area of Yanga and surroundings since 2013.

Responsible: Sister Jeanne Otemankoy, together with the new parson of Yanga (Abbé Lokanga Sylvain) and his vicar (Abbé Lombe Emmanuel)

Project description received on 13 September 2021

Project approved by the Board on 11 November 2021

Amount: 3'067 USD (+ 5% for distribution + 1% bank charges in Congo)

30 orphans aged between 6 and 20 receive school fees, school supplies and school uniforms. The project also includes the costs of the state examination for two graduates after the 12th school year. The money was transferred at the end of November 2021. We expect the final report in autumn 2022.

Salary for a teacher still not paid by the state (07)

Responsible: Sister Jeanne Otemankoy

Project description received on 6 Ocotber 2021

Project approved by the Board on 10 October 2021

Amount: 1 x 768 UD (+ 1% bank charges in Congo).

The teacher we support is Oloko-Omokoko Willem. He has been waiting for more than six years for the Congolese state to put him on its payroll. Therefore, we paid him the salary also in the school year 2021/22. The money was transferred at the end of November 2021.