One Small Step is a grassroots organisation – founded by Catherine Rosborough, adoptive mother of two Congolese-born daughters – which supports Orphelinat NODALIESSE, an home for children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After visiting orphans in Africa, Catherine pledged to go back to America and spread the word about the plight of the children there and their desire to go to school. From her kitchen table, she created One Small Step and started to reach out to those who might otherwise grow up without hope in their lives. The mission of One Small Step is to provide orphanage assistance and educational sponsorship for the children of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The organisation is run by volunteers.
DRC has been ravaged by civil war for over a decade. Millions of children are now war orphans, with no safety net to protect them – no soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or free and public education. Without outside help these children will live – and die – on the streets. One Small Step understands that it's often the small gestures that have the biggest impact. Whatever you have to give, you will help this charity touch the lives of so many unprivileged young people in Kinshasa.
It is best to travel to the DRC by plane. Air France is the only airline with direct international flights into Kinshasa. From within Africa, South African Airways flies between Kinshasa and Johannesburg, and Ethiopian Airlines flies between Kinshasa and Addis Ababa. Flights occur around three times a week. The orphanage can be accessed by taxi or you can drop off at St Anne's Procure in Kinshasa. St Anne's is located directly across the street from the US Consulate.