This post is by CLI Founder and President, Nate Houghton
Thank you for all that you have done to make our work possible over the last three years! I’m writing to let you know about my fifth trip to Congo that begins next week. I will be flying to Kinshasa and will be there for much of my visit, but I’m also planning to meet with many of CLI’s new partners in Eastern Congo. The overarching goal of this visit is to prepare for CLI’s rapid expansion from one site a year ago to eight sites beginning in July. Growth always requires careful planning, training, and practice, and much of this is better conducted over a conference table instead of over the Internet. A great deal of my time will be spent working with partner organizations in order to know what to expect and how we can best meet their needs.
I am also eagerly anticipating several exciting meetings with major government agencies and Congolese NGOs during my time in Kinshasa. As CLI grows, we attract more and more interest in partnerships from leading groups in Congo and around the world. We always carefully consider every opportunity for partnership and make decisions based on the potential benefits to young leaders in Congo. Speaking of those young leaders, I am most excited to attend a meeting of CLI’s Leadership Institute on May 19th. Youth will be presenting the community impact projects that they have created over the past year. I’m eager to hear about their success firsthand!
Thank you once again for all of your support and get ready for some exciting updates from Congo this month!