DUMI, Democratic Republic of Congo – Children in Dumi used to attend school outdoors, under palm fronds. If it rained, there would be no school at all. Sixteen years after it was built, this simple yet strong building still stands as a foundation of education in Dumi.
But then Operation Blessing came to Dumi. In 1994, OBI funded the construction of a small, rural primary school on the Bateke Plateau.
The building was simple—six classrooms and an administrative office—and built from oven-fired bricks.
“It was a very substantial construction that we were proud of,” said OBI’s Jon Cassel, who oversaw the project.
But only three years later, rebel groups marched through the country, and Operation Blessing was forced to flee the area.
Recently, Jon returned to Dumi and was delighted to not only see that the school was still operating 16 years later, but that Michel, the chief of Dumi village—who had worked with OBI on previous agricultural projects—was now also the headmaster for the school.
“The school is a legacy that OB has left on the Plateau,” Jon said.
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