We as Friends of Butoke, Inc., USA, support Butoke by educating people about the work of Butoke and providing financial assistance in four areas.
In 2010, 350 primary school children, 300 secondary school children, and 250 post secondary children were helped with tuition fees, school supplies and clothing so they could attend local schools.
Health Care (Primary and Emergency)
Emergency and primary health care are services provided by Butoke. When needed referrals are made to local hospitals and clinics and Butoke helps with most charge fees because the poor cannot afford them.
In July 2010, a tornado ripped through the area destroying over 130 small houses, killing two children, and leaving 50 people homeless. These were treated and housed by Butoke.
In 2010, Butoke was given land and established a clinic called Musue Bantu ("Love of People") which is self-sustaining financially and is able to give free care to the poorest patients.
Several times in the past few years, refugees in need of medical help and nourishment, have been assisted by Butoke.
As funds permit, Butoke supports community cultivation of fields so people can become self-supporting and provides malnutrition rehabilitation, particularly to children and the elderly.
Prisoners, some without legitimate charges against them, are not fed by the prison and will die of starvation if not helped from the outside. Butoke provides food and often legal help to such prisoners.
Witchcraft has a stranglehold on people in DRC. Widows are often persecuted as witches because they must have killed their husbands; orphan and handicapped children are often thought to be witches who destroyed their parents or whose disability is a punishment for witchcraft. Natural disasters and mortal illnesses are regarded as the work of witches, who are then "identified" and attempts are made to kill or exorcise them. Butoke protects those persecuted as "witches."
Biyuma is one of 46 orphans living in the orphanage (2010). He came severely malnourished several ago and now he "runs the place." Most of the orphans have similar stories. Some have family nearby but cannot live at home. They are housed, fed, clothed in the orphanage and educated in nearby schools.
Children at the orphanage
Visiting nurse and staff at clinic
Rice and corn field
Dr. Jean with woman rescued from persecution for witchcraft
Biyuma after several years