Education for child refugees

At 7, a civil war led Esther Ngemba and her family to flee their home in the DRC. Today, she’s fighting to provide an education to the 75 million kids currently living in conflict or crisis. In partnership with Global Citizen.

Fleeing violence and seeking refuge

“My life changed in the DRC when I was seven years old. I was sitting outside and my mom had rushed all of us to go inside the house. And on that night, we just started hearing gunshots and nobody knew what was happening. I was seven, I didn't know what was going on, but a civil war had started in the DRC.”

Esther Ngemba and her family had to flee violence and unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006

They spent 5 years in Uganda before immigrating to the U.S. in 2012. Now a student at Cleveland's John Carroll University, she’s a strong advocate for education. She also shares her story to help people understand the price civilians pay for war.

“So many people are very blindsided by war where they don't talk about the civilians of war and the effect the war has on people. So, I'm always ready to jump in and say, ‘Civilians, people are very affected by war. It's something that affects people's mentality and literally destroys the entire future.’ It's just not two countries going at war. It's not just two rebels going to war. It's the people. They're victims of war. And we always have to think about that.”, she tells Brut.

Ngemba’s humanitarian efforts

Ngemba collaborates with Education Cannot Wait which is a humanitarian fund launched in 2016 to address the education needs of the 75 million children living through conflict and crisis. Children in conflict-affected countries are 30% less likely to complete primary school. Forced out of school, they’re more susceptible to violence, trafficking, child labor and marriage. Access to education is critical for peace, health, security, and to escape from extreme poverty. “I knew education was my therapy when I was in Uganda. I couldn't get through everything that I went through if my education was taken away from me.”, she concludes.


02/29/2020 5:52 PMupdated: 03/02/2020 2:50 PM


  • Arjun M.
    03/09/2020 13:12

    Whatever you Esther Ngemba doing for helpless people is awesome job and magod will give you full strength to achieve your dreams,heartiest congratulations to you

  • Dipendra L.
    03/09/2020 12:24

    U r so great god bless you

  • Naryan S.
    03/09/2020 10:11

    9841657186 Nepal

  • Bed P.
    03/09/2020 09:28

    Good job 👍

  • अनिल च.
    03/09/2020 08:38

    Nice and beutiful

  • Bir T.
    03/09/2020 05:36

    Whu is plece thes

  • Bikash L.
    03/08/2020 23:34

    Mi t

  • Willy K.
    03/08/2020 20:52


  • Appu A.
    03/08/2020 16:51

    God bless you

  • Bishal S.
    03/08/2020 16:31


  • Umar A.
    03/08/2020 16:17

    Plz meet me

  • Enrique G.
    03/08/2020 15:48


  • Indryadi I.
    03/08/2020 11:51

    Strong woman, goodlucky, goodbless for you... 👍👍👍

  • Aminoel A.
    03/08/2020 10:32

    Hopefully sister Esther is given health so that she can educate children in conflict👍

  • Ramchandra G.
    03/08/2020 10:08

    Let's provide good education to them

  • Ram P.
    03/08/2020 10:07

    Ķ0 is poop and ever 5

  • Bob L.
    03/08/2020 08:48

    Send me your number

  • Mbiato E.
    03/08/2020 08:42

    The same situation down here in my country Cameroon, no school for 4 years and counting 🇨🇲 children and parents in the bushes for the fear of violence from both parties fighting, its hilarious, we need help 🙏🇨🇲

  • ကုေဋးတစ္သန္း ေ.
    03/08/2020 08:18


  • Mohamed O.
    03/08/2020 07:52

    God save you

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