Don Bosco Orphanage Projects

Democratic Republic of Congo, June 2006

As part of their community development project, Tractabel Engineering, a Belgium company, offered to bring electricity to the Don Bosco orphanage in Goma, in the Demeocrtatic Republic of Congo.

To highlight the benefits that electricity would bring to the 1500 children who reside in the centre, they launched a creative competition amongst the children, with the title “How electricity will change my life.”

Electricity at the centre is sporadic, and the few electrical appliances that are available are very outdated, and hardly ever work.
This series of photographs looks at the children creating their interpretation of this phrase.

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  • A young boy from the Street children program in Goma that Don Bosco supports. Kate Holt.
  • Children from the street children project in their playground with Goma's volcano in the distance. Kate Holt.
  • This is the only television in Don Bosco orphanage and it is so small the children have to take turns. Kate Holt.
  • Boys from Don Bosco prepare their entries for the competition. Kate Holt.
  • Boys from the Street Children project prepare their entry for the competition. Kate Holt.
  • A young boy from the Street Children project shows off his group's entry. Kate Holt.
  • Boys from the Street Children project work on their entry. Kate Holt.
  • An older boy from Don Bosco prepares his entry drawing. Kate Holt.
  • Girls from the Street Children project have learnt how to sew to be able to prepare their entry. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl from the Inuka Housing project prepares her entry of a paper lantern.