GFF, one of the biggest charities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), funded the renovation of the existing structures at St Kizoto, as well as financing the construction of a new building to house a kitchen, dining room and storage areas.
The grant also paid to restore the facility’s electricity, plumbing and drainage systems to good working order, construct a garden, and provide all of the 15 living units with new furniture.
Mary Kabaloli, an 83 year old resident of St Kizoto, said: “We are so happy. The way it used to be compared to now – it’s such a big change! They built a big room where we can eat together and talk and even dance. It’s really something else!”
“Providing care for the elderly is a growing problem in the DRC and a top priority for our foundation,” explained Dan Gertler, co-founder of the GFF, “It is one of the reasons that the Gertler Family Foundation focuses so much of our philanthropy on health care, food security and housing.”
“The Gertler Family Foundation has once again dealt with the most urgent needs of Congolese,” said Kinshasa Governor Andre Kimbuta, who officially reopened Hospice St Kizoto and donated several months of food to the residents. “I urge others to follow the example that they are setting.”
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