Francis Hannaway, originally from Middlesbrough, is resident in Basankusu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014, he set up a treatment centre for malnourished children and now manages the centre, with a team of 12 local volunteers, mainly feeding very sick children, but in more severe cases, also paying for necessary hospital treatments.
When we began supporting this centre in July 2021, Francis told us, ‘We currently have 42 children; 15 are severe cases and have 3 meals at our centre, 7 days a week. The others would still be in a life-threatening condition without our intervention, and we have helped more than 4,000 children back to good health since we started. We’ve also taken on a few surgical operations though it’s not really within our remit – yet sometimes it’s difficult to refuse. There are photos and videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and my blog on Google Blogger, showing what we do.’