IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES IN LUBUMBASHI
Located in Lubumbashi, the capital of the DRC’s mining-rich Katanga Province, Lycée Français Blaise Pascal de Lubumbashi has a proud history of educating students between the ages of two and eighteen years old. Founded in 1972, Blaise Pascal was forced to close its doors when looting swept the DRC in 1991.
In 2009, the government of Katanga Province joined forces with the French Embassy and others to rehabilitate and reopen Blaise Pascal. The overwhelming demand for education from the local community necessitated building additional classrooms and expanding the schools infrastructure – and the Gertler Family Foundation, with the support of the Fleurette group ventures and subsidiaries stepped in to assist with further expansion and modernization of the school.
The Gertler Family Foundation raised $315,000, enabled Blaise Pascal to construct and equip a new library, computer center and classrooms and make other important facility upgrades.