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Mpala Mission is a vast complex something like a quarter mile long, with the residence of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa at the northern end. The Sisters arrived in 1898 and left Mpala in the 1950s. Over their years of service, they founded and ran important facilities including an orphanage, a medical clinic, […]


A Polly Project in Mpala-Lubanda (DRC): New Roofing for Six Congolese Classrooms Mpala-Lubanda is a small town on the southwestern shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Its colonial history is very unusual, for a Belgian army officer established a fortified outpost there in 1883 as he sought to assist […]

A REEL Education Initiative

As in the developed world, the school year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) lasts about nine months. Unlike in the developed world, most children in the DRC don’t get the chance to attend school – they don’t have the money and resources for basics we take for granted: school fees, school uniforms […]

A REEL Latrine Project

Since 2012, the influx of the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) population has more than tripled. Despite efforts of local and international humanitarian organizations, many basic necessities have yet to be met. The REEL Project will fulfill one of these gaps of sanitation. In May and June of 2015, TRP visited various IDP camps in the […]

And so it begins…DR Congo May, 2015

One week and one day away before we depart for DRC, and already we are facing the problems…On May 11th I received word that we would most likely have to re-route our trip LAX-Dubai-Bujumbura due to social and political unrest on the ground there…Today, I got confirmation; we will now be flying into Kigali! Once we […]

A REEL Media Project 2015

Due to the most recent influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), it has been brought to our attention that there is still great need for an information campaign to put a voice to what has been happening. The REEL Project’s (TRP) newest project, “A REEL Media Project,” will be a research-derived media project, interviewing displaced and returnee populations […]

The Pweto Computer Learning Center

When Antoine Ngeleka returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he saw an immediate need in the community for a computer center.  During Ngeleka’s time in Kala Refugee Camp (Zambia), he managed a small, NGO-financed computer center.  Realizing its popularity and strength in purpose, Ngeleka knew that he had to continue this work outside of the refugee […]

Micro Credit Loans

  In the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, The Second Congolese War destroyed businesses, local infrastructure, and family units throughout Moba District and Katanga Province.   Moba-Kirungu and Moba-Port are two adjacent towns situated on Lake Tanganyika in the Moba District of Katanga Province.  Collectively, the two towns form a lively port hub known as Moba. […]


  The REEL Project produced a music video for Lubumbashi-based performance group, Jecoke, in exchange for a song which was featured on TRP’s first humanitarian film project, “Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle.” Jecoke is a performance group in the southern city of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a legacy that spans for decades.  The 1950’s.  When the […]