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BUMI, whose name means “LIFE”, is a humanitarian and development NGO founded in 1985 in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Mme Therese Ilunga, Lucien Moser and friends, in the hope of responding to problems such as public health, under-development, poverty, as well as enabling the protection and education of youth and children in difficult situations (children of the streets, adandonned, orphans from HIV).

NGO Bumi : Lucien Moser and Thérèse Ilunga


BUMI started its action of health and development in 1985 in North Katanga, at Malemba Nkulu and at Manono. Then BUMI continued its action in South Katanga, in the town of Lubumbashi, in the sectors of development, health and especially in the protection of children in need.

In 1992, the Katanga underwent a rough economic and social situation (pillage, children no longer going to school, children in the streets phenomenon).

We had welcomed, for their protection, 20 children (boys and girls from 5 to 16 years old). As time went by, BUMI, structuring itself, was able to welcome more children in different sites. Today, there are 301 protected children. BUMI has sent 810 children to school in the year 08-09.


BUMI, a non-profit making charity, is constituted of a General Assembly (all members) and an Administrative Council (10 members).

Maps of the Bumi sites in Congo

Nowadays BUMI works in D.R. Congo, in the province of Katanga in Lubumbashi.


To help the population respond by itself to its problems of under-development, poverty, supervision, protection and education of children in need, children in the streets, orphans and orphans of HIV, un-accompanied children moved because of war.

  • By the protection, education and by sending the children of our centres to school and disadvantaged families.
  • By promoting health: health centres, mutual health.
  • By the development of arts, crafts and agropastoral.
  • BUMI is looking at introducing projects alongside partners of the north in order to achieve diverse projects.
    In order to develop the cooperation and exchange between north and south, BUMI welcomes volunteers and humanitarian cooperatives in different fields of action.
  • To favour the understanding between the diverse communities of the country, Bumi participates in the Culture of Peace by educating and growing public awareness.