Director, Father Fidèle O' Dikete
The Dikete Education Opportunity Foundation was created by Father Fidèle O. Dikete to provide disadvantaged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, with basic education. The Foundation was granted its Certificate of Formation on March 28, 2006 by the Texas Secretary of State.
Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo have become innocent victims of five years of war and civil unrest in their country. Many have become orphans and still others have parents that cannot afford the tuition that is equivalent to $20 in American currency. Father Fidèle O. Dikete, director, felt compelled that he could make a difference to these children so in order to save lives from the streets and to empower the children to help themselves, the Dikete Education Opportunity Foundation was created.
The Foundation requests sponsorships from generous persons in the amount of $50 annually from two basic sources: Falls Church, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas. This, in return, provides one child with complete tuition and a uniform for an entire school year. Sponsorship forms are requested via mail and are graciously returned by the persons.
Father Dikete personally travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo each year specifically to Kananga, his hometown, to interview and select the most needy of children and their parents in Mumiainyi Elementary School, his childhood school. This assures that each child selected receives his/her uniform and that their tuition is paid to the school administrator. One hundred percent of all sponsorship money is allocated to the children since the Foundation is comprised entirely of a volunteer staff. In 2006, the first year of formation, 200 children were sponsored and that number has increased annually to 250 in the past five years. The Foundation recently reached a milestone this year by celebrating its fifth year anniversary of existence and has sponsored a total of over 1,300 children with the assistance of generous sponsors. Each sponsor is presented a photograph of a student each year of their sponsorship.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please print, fill out and mail the sponsorship form to:
Dikete Education Opportunity Foundation
1147 Cupples Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78226
or call: 210.433.1255