Sunday, 25 August 2013

Humanitarian Transport Service!

Looking for safe and affordable transport in Kinshasa?        

Affordable and safe transport for people and goods is one of the core problems in Kinshasa/DR Congo. Thanks to numerous private sponsors we were able to send a minivan as well as a transporter to Kinshasa (see picture). Both of them will ease our work in Kinshasa and Kasangulu. Furthermore we let our vehicles to fair prices in order to ease the life of locals. We transport people together with their goods to town where they can sell their products. We also buy products outside of Kinshasa and sell them to our partners in Kinshasa. In that way we support the local economy and help locals to earn a living. On the other hand this is financial supports for our work in Kasangulu, too.

Our offer to you:
-          shuttle service: N’djili Airport <--> Kinshasa Centre
price: 30 US$ per person

-          minivan with experienced driver for up to 6 passengers plus luggage
price: 95 US$ per day (6 am – 10 pm; petrol at extra cost)

-          transporter with experienced driver for up to 4 passengers and products (max. 5t)
 price: 80 US$ per day (6 am – 10 pm; petrol at extra cost)

Mr. Ben Sangu
Tel. DRC: +243 - (0) 815297109 

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Events with Lebendiges Kongo e.V. in Leipzig

Overview of upcoming Events, where you can meet the team of Lebendiges Kongo e.V. at different performances and occasions:

  • 24. September 2012 - Concert during Opening Service to the Intercultural weeks in Nikolai Church in town
  • 04. Oktober 2012 - Jambi Kongo Evening at Kaffee Schwarz during the Interkulturellen Woche from 24. September - 07. October 2012

We personally invite you and hope to meet you at one or the other event!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

New in Town!

Topic: Africa on the rise and in change - Democratic Republic of Congo

Where? Volkshochschule Leipzig, Löhrstraße 3-7, 04105 Leipzig
When? 27. March 2012, 17.00 Uhr

Roundtable talks are being held every month with regards to informing about the real situation in the respective country, with people from the actual place having a chance and opportunity to speak out about issues and hopes. It is truely possible to come out with a decent initiative and even project.

Host is the school for adult evening classes in Leipzig (Volkshochschule) with friendly support from the University Leipzig and the German-Asian Society, as well as African citizens from the respective country in Leipzig.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is almost 7times bigger than Germany more >>

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Transporter Arrived!

The tomato-pick has arrived in Kinshasa on the morning of the 13th November 2011

Especially for young women, a daily income means a better life.

Women selling vegetables are looking forward to the commencement of the project.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Panel Discussion

My Mobile and War are connected?
Natural Resources, Consum and Conflicts – Exploitation of Developing Countries with focus on the Demokratic Republic of Congo

Panel discussion with Lebendiges Kongo e.V.
Researched often, named likewise and yet not recognized, the actors, who enrich themselves on vastly  existing fields of natural resources in third world countries. During this evening we discussed backgrounds, conflicts, initiatives and challenges regarding the business and economy with those precious natural resources. It became clear, that the normal Congolese does not benefit from the richness of his country.

Mr. Wolfgang Tiefensee
Member of Parliament, Wolfgang Tiefensee presented the discussion, in which ambassadress for DRC from Berlin, Madame Clementine Shakembo Kamanga, Chairman of the association Lebendiges Kongo e.V., Dr. Dinanga Cingoma, and Miss Kristina Rehbein representative of Erlassjahr-Campagne participated.

Dr. Gernot Wagner, Chairman evagor GmbH
With such a extensive topic, it was clear that nothing much could be clarified and solved, yet more interest created and initiated.
Mr. Dr. Gernot Wagner, Chairman of Evagor GmbH, who is running a project in Katanga-region in the DRC, gave an insight into the situation of a company, which wants to invest and build there. He was a special guest in the audience.

The discussion flowed excitingly and it was hardly time to allow the members of the panel to really explain their points in detail. Dr. Cingoma introduced into the talk by stating clearly that the war, under which the DRC suffers, is an imported war. Madame Shakembo Kamanga supported this argument and reported about the civil war, which destroyed all existing economic developments in the country ten years ago.

Dr. Dinanga Cingoma, chairman Lebendiges Kongo e.V.
Kristina Rehbein, and
Clementine Shakembo Kamanga, Ambassodress DRC
She reminded the listeners especially on the destinies the children are suffering as former child soldiers and orphans, who don't face a bright future without proper education. Also, she mentioned initiatives, which are already being undertaken by the government of Germany and other actors, yet lack power and effectiveness. Miss Kristina Rehbein ( focused on the  relation between dependency on export of natural resources and growing indebtedness of state, and discussed the economic events and consequences on the DRC.

The audience did not miss the chance to critically ask questions  and panel members tried as best to find the answers. Even after the official discussion there were excited talks between audience and panel guest.  We appreciated the attendance of many Africans for the event, which showed the great value  of such an event and the interest of the topic. Another association was the  German-African Society Leipzig (DAFRIG e.V.).

Some cultural contribution through traditional Congolese sounds was brought by Engenga-Ensamble and Ndungu Kina, as well as a delicious buffet of Congolese cuisine calmed heated minds and gave the evening a bright end. At times, the discussion had been quiet gloomy, desperate and hopeless. Yet the after-party was relaxing, showed a positive final note  and with it resistance to the feeling of "giving-up". At approximately 10.45pm the last guests left the location.

During the evening we received donation of 86EUR, which contribute to the association and the current project "fruits no flames". Many thanks to the donors! Find more information on how to support us!
The successful cooperation shall be repeated soon. Many thanks to the team of the bureau-café Tiefensee and the Micha-Initiative for the great cooperation. 

  supported within the framework of the communal strategy
„Leipzig Ort der Vielfalt“ (Leipzig place of diversity)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Current Project

"fruits no flames - school of life in Kasangulu"

The project "Tomatoes from Kasangulu" targets a better quality of life for former child soldiers and single women in the DR Congo, mainly to give them the opportunity to gain education and work, as well as to participate in social life again and to cater for themselves and their families.

From farming tomatoes until the vocational training college is being established – all steps are funded by each other. Yet, in order to be able to start the project, a kick-off-payment of 5,000.00EUR is needed. This will give jobs to five people immediately and build many more in the future. With an indeterminable unemployment rate, but 71% of the population living below the poverty line (estimated 2006), this already means prospects for a new and better life. 

Just like a tomato plant is growing from a small seed to a big plant that brings forth fruit again. Likewise, the tomato-project shall grow from small to big, from buying products off local farmers, all the way to running a vocational training college with many subjects and students and teachers.


1. Culture gives back-up

2010 – concerts by folklore-choir « Engenga », sales from the book «Kikolo - Kindersoldat im Kongo» (Kikolo, Child soldier in Congo) and great amounts of donation financed the aquisition of the first tomato-pick-up and its shipment to Kinshasa in August 2011.

2. Steady Income

Our partner association in Kinshasa "Congo Vivant"  buys fresh farm products in Kasangulu (about 30km from Kinshasa) and sells on the capital's big markets, restaurants and hotels for a higher price. 
Thus, local farmers, mainly women, who sometimes cannot even sell their products due to few demand in Kasangulu, gain a stable daily income.

3. Generating Profit

The pick-up creates a daily profit of about 50USD. 

Info - the average income in DR Congo is about 335 Congolese Franc equals 0,27EUR or 0,36USD. Also, in the DR Congo there are just 5 cars on a thousand people, in Germany there are 623 per thousand. (source : Worldbank 2007)  

A second tomato-pick-up will bring support to the first and the profitability of the local association. More jobs are going to be created. The vocational training college will be financed through the income of the agriculture in Kasangulu and the transport of fresh farm products to Kinshasa.

4. Re-Investment

The vocational training college is the second part in education after the so-called peace-school, where former child soldiers and orphans are learning to live in peace. 
With this path of education, youths from this area have a real chance to set foot in the markets either as self-employed or as well-educated employees. 

Besides handicrafts like carpentry, mechanics and so on students may also learn computer basics and correspondence in the school, which also hosts them and their teachers for the time of the course.

5. Exchange of Experience

The construction of the college takes place in cooperation with German and Congolese volunteers in order to enable the knowledge exchange.
The finances for the school, establishment of a greater diversity of courses and so on will be managed through sales of ready-made products, like doors, windows, furniture etc.

6. Expansion of Programme

A fishery with two fishing boats is also planned to be part of this school-programme. The Congo-River (4.374km long) is a great resource of food for the people in the DR Congo. Therefore the profession of a fisher has to be taught as well. The fish is being used to cater the college as well as freshly delivered products to restaurants and hotels in Kinshasa.
In addition to that, a summer-course for students from the capital Kinshasa shall be created, to give them a great summer-holiday experience, education inclusive.

Monday, 26 September 2011


Celebrate with us! ...12th November 2011

Norbert Hübner, Marita Simank and Renato Rech celebrate braking the 90's limit. Well, all three of them turn 30 years old. And with this, they plan to treat themselves and our association. How? 
See the invitation by Norbert Hübner! In his name we also invite all friends of « Lebendiges Kongo e.V. » to celebrate with us and enjoy the fantastic music of Engenga and the 3apes!