After years of political troubles in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fonds Ngangi aims to support the development of the city of Goma by supporting its resourceful youth to find quality formal jobs and create local growing companies. Fonds Ngangi is active in Goma through the two following projects:
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Non profit organization under the Belgian jurisdiction, Fonds Ngangi owes its existence to a group of fifty volunteers that drives the organization. Current affairs are managed by the Board of Directors consisting of 10 members elected at the annual general assembly. Dedicated and driven by the same objectives, volunteers are all young adults (< 28 years of age) pursuing university studies or active in the business world.
On top of that, members of Fonds Ngangi in Belgium travel to Goma at least once a year at their own expenses to monitor and constantly improve their support to the youth of the region. Building the project jointly with the beneficiaries is key to the success of Fonds Ngangi.
A committee of five working alumni represents Fonds Ngangi locally. It ensures smooth local operations such as collecting applications and organizing meetings and workshops for all beneficiaries. Two of the members are chosen by the Board of Directors in Belgium while the three others are elected every year by Fonds Ngangi’s scholarship holders.
In addition, Fonds Ngangi benefits from a full operational support of En Avant les Enfants, its main partner in the region. Present locally for more than 20 years, En Avant les Enfants has several projects in Goma and offers its support to Fonds Ngangi through its wide network and resources.
Two groups of young Belgians travelled to Goma and worked, together with Congolese students of the same age, in local projects of the non-profit organization En Avant les Enfants. At their return, they decided to create the Fonds Ngangi to finance the higher education of the friends they had made during their trip. In 2010, the Fonds Ngangi managed to finance 14 university scholarships.
Fonds Ngangi became a formal non-profit organisation under the Belgian law. Exactly 40 scholarships were financed that year.
Fonds Ngangi started its support to the only Academy of Entrepreneurship of Goma. That year, more than 90 entrepreneurs were supported in launching their businesses and exactly 49 university scholarships were granted.
Fonds Ngangi fully finances and supports logistically the first Start-up incubator of the region. Best in class infrastructure and coaching is now available on a permanent basis to most promising entrepreneurs coming out of the academy of entrepreneurship. The incubator consists in 15+ desks with full access to internet, computers, meeting rooms and experienced entrepreneurs for continuous coaching.