There are nearly five million orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the average annual salary is $153.

There are nearly five million orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the average annual salary is $153.

A charitable organization founded by an Archdiocese of Portland permanent deacon has sent another 40-foot container loaded with supplies and a four wheel drive pickup to a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Deacon Jim Pittman, from St. Philip Benizi Parish in Oregon City, took an extended trip to unload the container and distribute the humanitarian goods to the school and a hospital, both sponsored by Pittman’s not-for-profit organization, Salisa Bana.

The school accepts boarders who have been orphaned or abandoned by their parents.
Pittman, who has had children in the village named after him, has started the next project at the property —building a church.

More than half of Congo residents are Catholic.

The school is home to 180 students, grades K-8, and 16 boarders. There is a staff of 15.

“Many people are moving into the surrounding villages because of the school and children are beginning to grow in their knowledge and spiritual life,” Pittman says. “These little ones whom the world has forgotten are given a chance to grow up, be educated and hopefully change a country, where no child will be forgotten again.”

To learn more, go to A charitable organization founded by an Archdiocese of Portland permanent deacon has sent another 40-foot container loaded with supplies and a four wheel drive pickup to a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Deacon Jim Pittman, from St. Philip Benizi Parish in Oregon City, took an extended trip to unload the container and distribute the humanitarian goods to the school and a hospital, both sponsored by Pittman’s not-for-profit organization, Salisa Bana.

The school accepts boarders who have been orphaned or abandoned by their parents.
Pittman, who has had children in the village named after him, has started the next project at the property —building a church.

More than half of Congo residents are Catholic.

The school is home to 180 students, grades K-8, and 16 boarders. There is a staff of 15.
“Many people are moving into the surrounding villages because of the school and children are beginning to grow in their knowledge and spiritual life,” Pittman says. “These little ones whom the world has forgotten are given a chance to grow up, be educated and hopefully change a country, where no child will be forgotten again.”

To learn more, go to sites.google.com/site/salisabana/home or email salisabanakids@gmail.com