Trauma Counselling Team to Depart for Congo

Loss of livelihood, privacy, dignity and loss of hope confront a nation who lost more than 500 lives in the 4 March explosion that wounded more than 2000 people necessitating several amputations and emergency medical care, destroyed 5000 homes, a school, church, police station and significantly, caused severe emotional and psychological trauma.  More than 20 tons of live unexploded ordinances have been recovered in Impila, a suburb of Brazzaville, where the initial disaster occurred and now poses a severe threat to residents returning against the advice of the government and explosive experts.  Thousands living in refugee camps, inadequate sanitation, lack of pure drinking water and above all a lack of family structure and intimacy has resulted in grief, bereavement and a host of psycho-social issues that requires specialised intervention for a highly traumatised population.

Having successfully delivered six plane loads of emergency humanitarian and medical relief items in association with the Department of International Relations, Gift of the Givers have now been requested by private NGO's in Brazzaville to send in a team of trauma counsellors that will partner the local university, interact with psychologists, social workers, masters students, lay counsellors and the affected population where skills transfer, counselling and courses on various techniques will be imparted to the Congolese people.  Congolese individuals involved in the great trauma previously experienced in Congo, university lecturers, pastors and specialist trainers comprise the 10-member team that leaves on Sunday.  The team will be hosted by a highly efficient NGO founded by the son of the Congolese President and has already partnered us on our two previous missions to Congo within the last 7 weeks.

Trauma Counselling Team for Congo

“600-700 dead! 10 000 displaced and homeless! 75 children missing, only 28 found in camps and the balance may have died or taken by someone else”.

These are the documented figures after the munition depot explosion in Brazzaville. What about those that have not been captured? The people of Brazzaville have suffered loss of family members, loss of homes, loss of all their personal belongings,

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Department of International Relations Contributes R10 Million Aid Package For Congo Explosion Victims

Gift of the Givers has been tasked by the Department of International Relations to procure, deliver and distribute appropriate, relevant and essential items to victims of the Brazzaville explosion of 04 March 2012.  DIRCO has made R10 million available for this humanitarian aid package including the sponsorship of two Iluyshin-76 aircraft with the joint capacity for 70 tons of supplies. 

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Search and Rescue Team Departs Tonight

Bodies piling up in morgue, stench of death everywhere, 10 000 homeless, 2500 injured and burnt, scores trapped in buildings, risk of cholera, Congo in crisis. Gift of the Givers responds with search and rescue teams, burns and medical specialists, sniffer dogs, 4 planes, 85 tons of supplies depart tonite.
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Congo Disaster Response

It has happened yet again, another African tragedy with more than 250 dead, 2000 wounded with varying degrees of severity including burns, mandatory amputations and major trauma. Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, represents a war zone with thousands of homes, businesses and two churches destroyed. Windows shattered four km away, civilians trapped under rubble, all the outcome of a fire that caused
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R10 Million in Aid Departs to Congo Today

Gift of the Givers departs today with R10 million of humanitarian supplies for the Republic of Congo sponsored by the Department of International Relations. Items include tents, blankets, food packages, detergents, high energy supplements, theatre equipment, surgical instruments and medical supplies. Two planes took off this morning. A third leaves tomorrow.
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Congo Humanitarian Response

"An earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale" would be your first impression on visiting the suburb in Brazzaville where an accidental explosion of an ammunitions depot destroyed every single structure in its surrounds. There is nothing to be salvaged simply because there is just nothing. The ferocity and intensity of the explosion could be heard across the mighty Congo River in the DRC which  Read more  

Search and Rescue Personnel

The following personnel will be accompanying Gift of the Givers to Congo on a search and rescue mission to rescue people trapped in buildings damaged by the explosions. Expected period of mission is 10 days.
    • JC van Niekerk
    • JP Meyer
    • Sipho Qonde
    • Eugene Schriber
    • Louis Markran
    • Ludwigh Stemmit
    • Andrew Elliot
    • Manie Gouws
    • Morne van Heerden
    • Craig Marsden
    • Asanda Nomala
    • Pio Marema
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