Visit of Father Arturo Sosa to the Bishop Munzihirwa’s Center, Kinshasa, DRC.
“The Society of Jesus wants, with an ardent desire, to walk with young people towards a future full of hope”. This is the challenge that the Bishop Munzihirwa’s Center (CMM) faces in supervising and training both street children and unemployed young people. On Wednesday, 24 April, Fr Stanislas Kimpeye gave a presentation to Father General and the Provincials of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar, who are accompanying him, on the project he heads. He emphasized the links between the CMM’s aims and two of the Society’s apostolic preferences: walking with the excluded and journeying with youth.
Focusing on street workers, the CMM targets children and young people who have been left on their own. There are an estimated 25,000 “street children” in Kinshasa. The CMM program offers them transitional housing for up to one year. Depending on individual needs, literacy, psychological support, school reintegration, and vocational training are also offered. Spiritual activities, inspired by the Gospels and the Spiritual Exercises, promote discernment, and feature in the accompaniment plan.