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MIHEC in Action

Did you miss our April 2018 library presentations?

In April 2018, MiHEC gave free presentations at two libraries in Fort Collins, Colorado about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the plight of its people, and why MiHEC’s mission is so important. We had good turnout and wonderful feedback about both events.

While MiHEC does not plan on making any more presentations for the rest of 2018, do not despair if you missed them. We now have video from board member Felix Wong’s portion of the first presentation, which you can watch to learn facts, history, and fun trivia about the DRC!

MiHEC board member Felix Wong presenting about information, facts, histroy, and fun trivia about the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The other portions of our presentations were about Tina Salumu and Kate Colby’s experiences in the DRC, including a trip they made to the country during the summer of 2017 on behalf of MiHEC. Steve Johnson also talked about MiHEC’s current projects and how you can help.

While we do not have video from those parts of the presentations, you can peruse the rest of this website for much of that information.

MiHEC’s June 2018 visit to DRC

During June 15-30, 2018, MiHEC president Tina Salumu traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on behalf of the organization.  The trip–including flights–was made largely at her own expense, with MiHEC reimbursing her for some extra carry-on and shipping agency costs.

Tina ended up taking two-and-a-half suitcases full of MiHEC donations along with her for distribution.  These goods were added to the (at least seven) boxes that shipped in December from Denver and arrived in April in Kinshasa.

Tina then divided up the goods, which she supervised the distribution of in:

  1. Kimbondo Orphanage in Kinshasa
  2. Hôpital Général de Kindu in Maniema (baby clothes, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste to the hospital’s maternity ward)
  3. Village of Lubile (clothing, shoes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to local children)
  4. A new orphanage under construction in Kindu (lots of baby clothes)

Videos of some of the June distributions have been posted to MiHEC’s Facebook page.  Tina received an especially joyful reception in Lubile, where she was welcomed by joyful singing and dancing. She also gave the Hôpital Général de Kindu a nebulizer as a gift (an aerosol compressor for asthma and breathing difficulties).

Tina cited a desperate need for more nebulizers for some newborns and premature babies. She said these could be acquired from eBay in the U.S. for $25, whereas she had to pay $100 to buy one in Kindu.  Please consider making a donation to MiHEC so we can acquire and ship nebulizers and other goods to the above orphanages and hospitals.

MiHEC’s visit with Maman Colonelle

The third annual Act Human Rights Film Festival began last week in Fort Collins and featured Maman Colonelle, a documentary about the abuse of women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not only was this award-winning film shown at the Lincoln Center (and later on, the Lyric), but the heroine, Honorine Munyole, was present herself after traveling for more than two days from the DRC! 

MiHEC’s staff was at movie presentation, followed by a Question & Answer session hosted by Mary Vogl, a professor at Colorado Statue University. Afterward, MiHEC president Tina Salumu and her husband Ben hosted a potluck for Honorine. We conversed with her in French and it was truly an honor to meet this courageous leader who is virtually single-handedly taking on the challenge of bringing perpetrators of sexual abuse in eastern DRC to justice.

A couple days later, we were able to meet with Honorine and the movie’s director, Dieudi Hamadi, at our evening presentation about the DRC and MiHEC at the Poudre River Old Town Library in Fort Collins. In fact, both of them were in the audience!

Afterward, many of us headed to the new Lyric Cinema Café where the documentary was once again shown, followed by a question and answer session hosted by Tina’s husband Ben. Then, we ate cake. It just so happened to be Honorine’s birthday.

Below is a trailer for the movie. While the subject matter makes it kind of difficult to watch, it is revealing and not overly graphic.