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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the interdenominational charitable organization Women of Faith worked together to help 820 households affected by sudden torrential rains the night of 12-13 December 2022 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Two municipalities of the sprawling city of Kinshasa were hardest hit by the flooding that cost the lives of more than 120 people: Ngaliema which suffered about 60 deaths, and Mont-Ngafula with at least 30 deaths. With financial backing from the Church, Women of Faith organized and distributed food and emergency supplies to about 820 survivors.

During the period of January 18-19, 2023, members of the Women of Faith and missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ distributed aid at two sites — the municipal centers of Bandalungwa and Mont-Ngafula — to victims from five municipalities of Kinshasa: Bandalungwa, Mont-Ngafula, Ngaliema, Masina and Limete. Priority was given to women, senior citizens, and orphans most affected by the flooding.

Alphonse Ndofula and Lumbu Mulamba Séverin (with his deputy Jonathan Mampasi), the mayors of the municipalities of Bandalungwa and Mont-Ngafula respectively, provided government support for the distribution. Elder David Ngabizele, Area Authority Seventy over Kinshasa, and Emmanuel Khonde, President of the Mont Ngafula Stake, gave remarks at the kickoff ceremonies and helped with the distribution which took place over the course of two days.

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