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  • Goma, Nord-Kivu, RDCongo

The CASA Center

The CASA Center is the largest project of the CASA GOMA Association and hosts, among other things, the headquarters of the association.

The CASA Center is a day care center for vulnerable children from 8 to 16 years of age. The facility was opened in July 2020 and to date (2022) the center can boast of having recovered more than 150 children from the street and have reinserted them into their biological families, host families or referred to other centers / associations.

The CASA Center has as its objective the recovery of street children and family and social reunification through the many activities and services offered by the structure.

In addition to street children, the CASA Center is also open to “difficult children” who especially need re-education and social reintegration. In addition to these, the CASA Center offers its services to families in difficulty by raising awareness of the importance of the family, the rights of the child, the duties of parents and the management of savings.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs


Which children can use the services of the CASA Center?

At the CASA center we accept:

  • Children of all sexes, skin colors or religions;
  • Children aged 8 to 16;
  • Children who live on the street (day and night);
  • Children who only spend the day on the street;
  • Children of families in extreme poverty;
  • “Difficult” children who need re-education.

What services are offered by the CASA Center?

The services present in our structure are:

  • Food support (following a balanced diet)
  • Literacy courses (study of basic subjects)
  • Medical support (treatment of diseases, wounds, malaria tests …)
  • Hygienic support (cleaning of clothes, personal cleaning ..)
  • Psychological support (individual and community)
  • Legal support (for beneficiaries and their families)
  • Leisure activities (outdoor and indoor games)
  • Artistic / creative workshops (crafts, cineforum, theater, drawing ..)

Which premises are present at the CASA Center?

The CASA Center is made up of the following rooms:

  • Class room
  • Office for psychological and social assistance
  • Refectory
  • Kitchen
  • Storage area
  • Craft workshop
  • Pharmacy / Outpatient Clinic
  • Showers / clothes washing area
  • Leisure garden (basketball, football, volleyball)
  • Executive Office

How does the CASA Center find its beneficiaries?

The methods that the CASA Center adopts to search for beneficiaries are:

  • The street child comes to the CASA Center asking for help and asking to be able to participate in our program;
  • The family comes to the CASA Center explaining their problems and needs regarding the child;
  • The collaborators of the CASA GOMA association identify the beneficiaries on the street through the TUENDE MISSION or through other activities outside the CASA Center;
  • The beneficiaries are referred to the CASA Center (through specific procedures) by natural persons, associations or state institutions.

How long do the children stay at the CASA Center?

The children, after having been enrolled in the CASA Center, remain at the Center (using all the services of the structure) for a period of time ranging from a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 4 months.
Every child and every family needs specific needs and psychological and social support different from any other beneficiary.
The CASA Center therefore adapts to the needs of the beneficiary and the family to ensure a better result in solving problems.

How many people benefit from the CASA Center services during a year?

On average, over the course of a year at the CASA Center, more than 120 children benefit from 100% of our services and more than 100 families benefit from psychological and social support.
Furthermore, in the most difficult cases, the CASA GOMA association also gives the possibility of free legal support to the beneficiaries of the CASA Center.

Are the services of the CASA Center subject to charges?

Absolutely no! Any service that Centro CASA offers to children and families in need is 100% free. The only thing that is required is compliance with the rules of the CASA GOMA Association (essential for achieving our goals).

I would like to come and visit the CASA Center, what can I do?

If you are planning to come here to Goma for a volunteer experience, visit our VOLUNTEERING page and you will find all the answers to your questions.

What types of expenses do you have at the CASA Center?

At the CASA center we have all types of existing expenses for the growth and maintenance of a child or a family, therefore we find:

  • Food expenses (breakfast and lunch)
  • Medical expenses
  • Hygiene / health expenses (toothbrushes, toothpaste, sponges, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Study expenses (notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, rulers, folders, etc.)
  • Leisure expenses (playing cards, balls, shirts, pencil colors, etc.)

In addition to these expenses, being a structure of an association, there are many other expenses essential for the success of the activities, such as:

  • Rental of the facility
  • Payment of collaborators (teachers, social workers, cooks, etc.)
  • Payment of taxes
  • Telephone credit
  • Internet
  • Fuel
  • Electricity, water and gas bills
  • Stationary library expenses (documents, files, photocopies, printer cartridges, etc.)

And many other expenses that allow us to have the results we have today

How are the activities of the CASA Center financed?

80% of the activities and expenses of the CASA Center are financed by individuals (especially Italians) who occasionally or constantly make donations through our fundraising channels.
The remaining 20% is instead supported by parishes and associations (mainly Italian).

If you too want to be among the 80% who help us survive, visit our DONATE page.

I would like to support the CASA Center. How can I do?

Who decides to support the CASA Center, decides to support our mission, our dream, our life!
Unfortunately in Goma, although there are hundreds of associations and NGOs, there are very few that deal with street children (we are really talking about 2 associations).
Helping each other in our mission means being able to give hundreds of children the opportunity to return to live in a home, together with their loved ones.
To help us, visit our DONATE page to find out how to send us financial support, or visit the VOLUNTEERING and ADVICE pages to find out how to help us through other activities.

Thank you so much.

If you have any other questions or curiosities, visit the CONTACTS page and ask us anything you want!