Democratic Republic of Congo

Working With Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months.  
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country with complex needs where we work with some of the world’s most vulnerable children. But we also work in more stable areas of the country where we are able to implement child sponsorship programs.

World Vision child sponsorship starts by looking at what is preventing children from surviving and thriving in their community. We then work with the community to bring the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show life-changing love to children in need.

 

Your impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
 
  • 1,324 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 179 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 106 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 6 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 514 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 66 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 6,600 children were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
  •  adults participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
 
Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
 
  • 3,000 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 60 children are participating in clubs that make community decisions and advocate for their protection and wellbeing
  • 36 children are participating in life skills clubs to learn essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 1,200 children are participating in reading clubs to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 247 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 21 schools were built, renovated or received resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 10 materials were provided for classrooms to help children learn
  •  children benefitted from new or improved classrooms to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • clubs are in place for children and youth helping them improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
 
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
 
Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
 
  • 3,531 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 19,545 children were screened for malnutrition to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 555 people were counselled on how to properly care for mothers and babies during and after pregnancy
  • 200 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 2,370 people benefited from medical consultations and treatment in health facilities
  • 197,729 people including children benefited from food aid
  • 2,088 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
 
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
 
Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
 
  • 70 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 440 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 1,321 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 10,225 people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 537 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 4,547 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 144 farmers groups are in place helping people improve crop and livestock production
 
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
 
Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
 
  • 20,136 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 6 new or improved water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 2,519 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 218 new or improved latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 583 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 3 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
 
Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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