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Leja Bulela exists to provide financial and social support to people in the Kasai-Oriental Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We do this by: 1) advocating for the respect of human and civil rights 2) teaching the American public about the history and culture of the Luba people 3) fundraising for our initiatives in Tshibombo Tshimuangi 4) supporting other organizations working in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Leja Bulela was founded in 1993 as a reaction to the expulsion of an estimated 500,000 Kasai natives from the Katanga Province of the Democratic Repulic of Congo in the early 90s. This forced migration disrupted families and placed a tremendous burden on the provinces inheriting the displaced.
Without adequate healthcare facilities, proper nutrition, and social services, many of the displaced died in transit or upon arrival in Kasai. As such, Leja Bulela's primary focus has been the to support internally displaced persons (refoulés) living in Tshibombo Tshimuangi and the residents of Kasai-Oriental Province with initiatives that promote adequate healthcare, educational opportunities, agricultural opportunities, and a chance at a brighter future.
Leja Bulela is comprised of individuals in the Congolese Disapora living in the United States and Canada. We hold an annual meeting every summer to bring together people from all different backgrounds who are committed to making the world a better place. Everyone is welcome, and everyone is invited!