Empowering Humanity One by One’s mission is to reduce the rate of premature deaths in children less than seven years of age in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the help of local trained professionals (nutritionists, nurses and doctors.) by providing emergency medical care for children , and educating their mothers on nutrition and child care techniques that increase their likelihood of survival.
What it Looks Like
The mothers in our programs are given a full tutorial on childcare and development. Empowering Humanity One by One provides a demonstration of local food preparation for mothers and their children. There is a monthly follow up by a trained health care professional in home until the child reaches school age. The goal is for the mother to maximize their limited resources in order to provide better child care. Providing their children with proper nutrition and hygiene will help them avoid contracting waterborne and other preventable childhood diseases which in turn will decrease the rate of childhood mortalities within the families we serve, and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a whole.
Education is at the heart of Empowering Humanity One by One, as we believe empowerment begins by teaching those with little how to provide much for their children. Each mother in our program takes the training she received in our seminars and shares her knowledge with others in need in DRC. This kind of education will enable the Congolese population to be the change they hope to see in their country one family at a time.
History and Founders
Gustave KN Mbuy, Ph.D.
Dr. Mbuy was one of nine children born in the Catholic Mission of Mayi Munene, Tshikapa, Congo. One of his siblings died at six months due to poor health conditions- conditions similar to the ones that Empowering Humanity One by One helps eradicate. Though his family had meager finances Dr. Mbuy was fortunate to attend school. Attending school meant leaving his family at an early age of eight and living with uncles who ensured he received the best elementary and secondary education they could afford. He was schooled by the American Presbyterian missionaries in Ndesha, Bibanga and Katubue.
After graduating from the Presbyterian School, Dr. Mbuy was awarded a college scholarship. The African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) brought him to the United States of America. In the U.S., he attended the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in microbiology. He later obtained both a masters and a doctoral degee in medical microbiology, with a specialty in virology from the University of Cincinnati. For the last 21 years, Dr. Mbuy has been a researcher and professor of virology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Mbuy is married to Julienne with whom they have four children, three daughters, ne son, and two grandsons. Having lived through civil wars from 1960-1964 in his native Congo, Dr. Mbuy is very conscious of the daily human suffering the Congolese endure. His personal history and background, philanthropic affiliation (Rotary International), academic training, and research interests, all fuel in his dedication to EHOBO.
Julienne B. Muntu-Mbuy
Mrs. Julienne Mbuy was born in the Congo at Catholic mission of Bonzolu where her father, the late Gregoire Ntukula Muntu, was a teacher. Her mother completed the second grade when she was 12 and married her father at the tender age of 13. Of the five siblings born, one died shortly after birth due to poor conditions in Congo. Mrs. Mbuy received her primary education and a portion of her secondary education in Catholic school. However, her secondary education was temporarily halted in 1971 when she married Dr. Mbuy and joined him in the United States. Once the U.S., Mrs. Mbuy graduated from Hughes High School in 1973, and later attended Cincinnati State in Ohio where she worked at the university hospital blood bank and received a degree in medical technology.
When Mrs. Mbuy moved to Philadelphia with her husband and four children, it became very difficult for her to work hospital shifts due to her family’s needs. However it was at this time that she was introduced to social services. Working with abused and less fortunate children gave an added perspective on human suffering. She returned to school in order to receive a degree in political science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
After obtaining her degree, she worked on the coordination of a housing program for the homeless. This opened her eyes to the hopelessness and suffering that many mothers and children too often experience. In turn, this made her recall the suffering in her native country, where social services does not exist. Mrs. Mbuy was to often saddened to hear that she was loosing nephews and nieces to child sicknesses that have been virtually eliminated in the western world. This is the reason Empowering Humanity One by One was founded.
Mrs. Mbuy holds a position on the Board of Directors of Chester County Opportunities and Industrialization Centers (CCOIC). CCOIC’s mission empowers and educates adults who are striving for a btter life through a myriad of challenges.
Empowering Humanity One by One educates and empowers the mothers to properly care for their children with the means that they available to them. the goal is to help the Congolese mothers so that their children will have a better chance of survival. One person can make a difference, but in this case two people are working together to bring about a transformation. Dr. and Mrs. Mbuy are working relentlessly to educate the more fortunate about the despair of mothers and children in the Congo in hopes of making a difference.