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. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

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:
  • 871 of community members went to our attitude change sessions
  • 522 girls and boys received a birth certificate and are now recognised as citizens
  • 246 families who went to our child protection training now know how to access local services
  • 8,025 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities
  • 20 community-based and faith-based organizations have implemented development plans

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 937,215 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 62,336 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 25,772 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 3,936 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 279 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in DR Congo, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 39,611 children are enrolled and attending school
  • 1,101 kids now go to after-school literacy activities
  • 776 books with local stories in the local language were given to reading camps
  • 332 teachers learned new ways to teach kids to read
  • 169 local volunteers went to our literacy training

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,115 pregnant women learned about preventative health care
  • 578 mums and caregivers with children under age 2 learned about infectious diseases
  • 190 malnourished kids in our nutrition programme gained 400 grams in one month
  • 53 malnourished kids under age 5 made a full recovery after attending our programme
  • 3 health centres reported that they have enough drugs to treat pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 3,129 savings group members increased their income one year after joining the group
  • 1,326 women and men learned how to run a business
  • 861 families acquired land for agricultural work
  • 642 farmers were trained in agricultural methods that conserve and regenerate the natural environment
  • 420 families received farming supplies this year

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme
  • 6,519 girls and boys now have safe water at their schools
  • 2,889 people learned about good hygiene, including how to wash their hands and keep clean
  • 2,335 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home
  • 622 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home
  • 400 more people now have a toilet at home

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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