News Release

Church Donates New Toilet Facilities to Police Camp in Matadi, DR Congo

“We do this because we love Jesus Christ and our fellow man.”

In early 2023, local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proposed a project to build new sanitary toilet facilities at Camp Molayi in Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Church donated $85,648 to this project which was completed in October 2023.

This new facility will benefit more than 2,200 police personnel and their family members living at the camp who previously lacked access to sanitary facilities. The project’s specific objectives were to:

  • Ensure the health of 2,286 residents of Camp Molayi by allowing human waste to be disposed of hygienically.
  • Provide environmental protection by containing pathogenic germs.
  • Rehabilitate three blocks of latrines which will allow the evacuation of human waste and minimize the presence of insects that spread germs.
  • Organize three maintenance committees for the toilet blocks, 60% of whose members will be made up of female spouses of police officers.
  • Organize 16 awareness sessions on water, hygiene, and sanitation at Camp Molayi over the next 4 months.

During the handover ceremony on October 21, 2023 Dr. Banzuzi, speaking on behalf of the Kongo Central Province governor, thanked the Church for cooperating closely with the provincial government on this project. “Cleanliness is the first rule of good health,” he said. “We congratulate all those who took part in this project, and we sincerely thank The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Patrick Mawongo, president of the Kinshasa West Mission, represented the Church at the handover ceremony. He spoke about the Church’s many humanitarian efforts in DR Congo and around the world. “We do this,” he said, “because we love Jesus Christ and our fellow man.”  

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute generously to make humanitarian projects such as this one possible. They strive to follow the Savior’s teachings to love one another and help others in need. The Church conducts its charitable work without regard to religion, race, nationality, or ideology.

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