Love and Loyalty


At 7 years old, Amani, a girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo, worked to support her sole caregiver, her grandmother.

Each morning, Amani hurried to leave her house made of sticks and banana leaves, telling herself urgently,“Get to the farm.”

On her way to work in the fields, she ran past hundreds of other small banana leaf shelters that had been constructed by other displaced families.

At 7 years old, Amani was the family breadwinner. She worked so she and her grandmother could eat every day. She couldn’t afford to dream of attending school.

Amani’s parents died when she was younger, leaving her grandmother, who can’t physically work anymore, to care for her. She is one of 5 million children who are orphaned in the DRC.

When violence erupted in Amani’s community, she and her grandmother fled to this makeshift community with other internally displaced people.

Many children in the DRC work as farm laborers or as servants in local homes.

World Vision helps these displaced families to meet their daily needs so that children can attend school and have a brighter future..

Photo©2012 Aimee N'simire Manimani/World Vision

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