DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – The Banro Foundation, an initiative of Toronto-headquartered BANRO CORP., has opened three new community offices in the cities of Twangiza, Lugushwa and Namoya. Each office will promote social and economic development.
The Banro Foundation is a registered charity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a mandate to support education, health and infrastructure improvements, as well as provide humanitarian assistance as needed. The foundation is funded by Banro.
The Foundation focuses on needs identified by the local communities and invests in improvements that benefit communities as a whole. In Lugushwa a new medical clinic and a women’s training centre are to be built. At Namoya the local medical centre will be rebuilt and a new secondary school erected. Three new schools and a potable water system are to be constructed at Twangiza. Whenever possible, the foundation employs local labour in its initiatives.
The Banro Foundation has to date completed several social development projects. Most recently, the Foundation built the Ntiaso bridge and brought potable water to a village in Lugushwa. It is also in the process of completing construction of the Kadubo bridge. Meanwhile, local residents in Namoya are finishing repairs to a local church with building materials supplied by the Banro. The foundation also provides writing supplies and desks, built by local carpenters, to primary schools. In the area of health care, it has focused on infrastructure development and distributes beds, blankets, and mosquito netting to medical clinics. Construction of roads and bridges is also an ongoing priority.
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