COBALT CHILDREN: IT'S TIME FOR THE CORPORATES TO HELP THEM
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TWEET!

If you're into Twitter, follow @MeetDorsen and retweet us.

Tweet at the leaders of technology which make use of cobalt in their products, for example:

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

Their accounts are:

@tim_cook @Apple @satyanadella @Microsoft

You could also copy and paste this tweet:

@tim_cook @Apple @satyanadella @Microsoft

You make billions. Please put a levy on your goods to help the #cobaltchildren. This is what we want you to do:

http://cobaltchildren.org/facts.html

 

TEACHERS - explain the backstory of technology

Change starts with education. Help students to make informed choices about the technology they buy. Deconstruct a mobile phone. Discover its contents and the stories behind them. The company Fairphone has teaching resources which guide and support these learning experiences.

Fairphones teaching resources >

 

HOLD A COFFEE MORNING

If you belong to a club or have a group of friends, a coffee morning is a great way to raise funds to donate to a charity that helps Congolese children.

Recently, Etherley Methodist Church near Bishop Auckland held an event in aid of KImbilio and raised funds for Kimbilio, now the home of Richard and Dorsen. This type of fundraising makes a huge difference to children's lives. Thank you so much.

If you'd like to hold a coffee morning, please get in touch. Email hello@cobaltchildren.org

 

BUY THIS BOOK

The royalties from Flinty Maguire's latest book will be donated to Congo Children Trust to help the charity build a school in DR Congo for vulnerable children. Flinty writes for children aged 9 to 99, and beyond! The Abandoned Rule Book is an exciting adventure-mystery, narrated by 12 year old Ellie, and is part of the series, Ellie Booton's Journals.

Ellie’s parents swan off to America for the summer leaving her with a fat rule book and her big brother, Eddie, who stinks. Not a good start to the holidays, really.

Relationships are unsettled and something odd is happening at the Little Egret Hotel. At a time when Ellie feels abandoned and in need of some sound advice, she just can’t bring herself to consult the rule book. Fifty rules! They’ll crush her!

A storm is brewing and leads to a moment when Ellie sees something that changes everything.

Ellie journals her strange summer where rules don’t seem to apply and life can hang on a decision.

£5.99 + postage
   
 
 

DONATE

Children work 12 hour days for as little as 8p to mine the cobalt in our smartphones. While corporates drag their heels, ordinary citizens like you and me are trying to help these children. Every penny donated makes a difference to a vulnerable child's life.

You may have a charity you already support. If not, Congo Children Trust runs the children's sanctuary, Kimbilio, where Richard and Dorsen now live. The charity is staffed in the UK, by unpaid voluntary workers and 98% of funds raised go directly to help vulnerable children in DR Congo.

 

Every donation makes a difference. Thank you so much.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KIMBILIO

Follow this link! >

 

BUY SOMETHING FROM OUR SHOP... coming soon!

The shop sells goods to raise funds for Kimbilio, the children's sanctuary in DR Congo, which is not the home of Richard and Dorsen.

There are a team of unpaid volunteers who craft goods to sell. The textile goods are made from Congolese fabric which has been brought back by volunteers working with the charity. 98% of funds raised goes directly to help vulnerable children.

SHOP WILL BE STOCKED SOON.

 

JOIN THE KIMBILIO FACEBOOK GROUP

The Congo Children Trust is a small, effective charity founded by Ian Harvey who grew up in Whitley Bay. Ian had a connection with DR Congo from an early age. His Aunt Mary has run a hospital in DR Congo for over 50 years. Ian visited and worked in DRC, and saw children who were alone or forced to work in harsh conditions to survive. The charity's main project is Kimbilio, a children's sanctuary in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, and Kimbilio's next big project is to build a school. Foundations have already been laid. Education is rarely free in DRC, and vulnerable children have no access to school without charitable support.

Kimbilio receives 98% of the funding raised by the Trust. The Congo Children Trust has no paid members of staff in the UK; all are unpaid volunteers, including a team who sew Congolese fabric to sell at craft fairs.

Keep in touch, or get more hands-on. Volunteers welcome!

Kimbilio

Model of the school the charity is building which will change children's lives.

 

ADOPT A RESCUE TEDDY

We have successfully rehomed teddies who haven't had the best start in life. They come with safety labels and their stories.

There will be more teddies searching for their forever homes soon. Follow @MeetDorsen on Twitter.

Adoption fees for rescued teddies are donated to the registered charity, Congo Children Trust, which runs the sanctuary, Kimbilio.

 

LET CHILDREN RESPOND TO THE STORY OF RICHARD AND DORSEN

Smartphones are an aspirational technology to most children. The story of Richard and Dorsen gives children context: they, or their family own smartphones. Congolese children dig the earth for the cobalt, going without regular food and education. Watch a film with school children on child cobalt mining, and discuss.

Children in a North Yorkshire schools devoted their Harvest Festival and held a non-uniform day to raise funds for Kimbilio, the charity which now supports Richard and Dorsen.

 

DITCH UNETHICAL COMPANIES. SWITCH TO FAIRPHONE

"From the earth to your pocket, a smartphone’s journey is filled with unfair practices. We believe a fairer electronics industry is possible. By making change from the inside, we’re giving a voice to people who care."

Fairphone.com

 
Get in touch. Share your concerns and ideas

Our friends

Congo Children's Trust: Kimbilio
Good Shepherd Sisters, Kolwezi
Amnesty International
Sky News
Alex Crawford, Sky News reporter

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Update on Richard and Dorsen
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Films about cobalt mining

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