Serge Ibaka brings “team of angels” to Congo

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KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo -- They are the deserted, hundreds of orphans who daydream of something more.

Serge Ibaka serves as their beacon of hope on this island of despair.

"The first time I come here, it was hard, I felt so sad. That's why I came back. I came back this year because I feel like they need more, you know?" said Serge Ibaka.

Ibaka was introduced to "Kimbondo" last year. It's one of the largest orphanages in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Thunder power forward is teaming up with Pros For Africa, Starkey Hearing Foundation and Water Is Life, a non-profit that distributes water filtration straws.

"The relationship with Serge has been really fun. He saw the strategy, filters and went crazy. 'Man, we have to get those to some of my people," said Ken Surritte, founder of Water is Life.

Collectively, they are pledging long-term care in the area.

"Serge has made a commitment to do a half million dollars on hospital equipment for this orphanage and so it will continue on. I think this place will always be on his heart and he'll always be looking to do more to help these kids," said Bill Horn, founder of Pros for Africa.

Many of these children are getting life-changing medical attention and are hearing for the very first time.

"When these people hear for the first time, it's like they are finally experiencing life," said Bill Austin, of Starkey Hearing Foundation.

And Serge Ibaka is personally stocking the facility with supplies.

One truck held enough food to feed the more than 800 parentless children for months.

"They feel special. It's important for them to see, like important for them to know people out there who care about them. We don't want them to feel like they are alone or they have nobody. I want to be friends with them. I want them to feel like I'm their big brother," said Ibaka.

Thanks to Serge Ibaka and his "army of angels", these beautiful children will always feel loved.

"It's beautiful and brilliant to see these reactions and lives changed," said Patrick Warburton, actor and humanitarian.

They become lifelong friends to the children that society has forgotten.

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