Children at an increased risk of exploitation in the DRC’s complex context during the pandemic
The interplay between conflict, food shortage, poverty, diseases (measles, Ebola, COVID-19), and a lack of access to social amenities has left children vulnerable to child labour, early marriage, and other forms of child abuse. World Vision notes that several cases of violations have been recorded during this time when children are forced to stay at home to save them from illness.
World Vision donates medical supplies to fight COVID-19 in the DRC
Our contribution is intended to strengthen a struggling health system and support health personnel to deal with swelling cases of COVID-19, by providing them with the necessary tools to fight against the spread of the virus whilst ensuring personal safety to health workers. Donated supplies will be delivered to 161 health facilities in 36 health zones.
Responding to COVID-19
Around the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is taking lives, devastating families and disrupting life in previously unimaginable ways.
We are responding in every country we work in to limit the spread of the virus and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and their families.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the 17 priority countries where we are increasing our efforts to protect especially vulneralble populations.
Ebola and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The countdown towards declaring the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) free of the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak is in progress. The deadly contagious disease has already killed 2,264 people in DRC since August 2018. It is a children’s crisis that has left 975 children infected, over 7,300 separated and above 2,500 orphaned. Unfortunately, as the country looks to this milestone, it is among the nations to have recorded cases of COVID-19 and working hard to minimise spread.
Community Health Workers reduce the risk of child and mother mortality
Our teams of trained health workers use the Timed, Targeted Counseling method to reduce mortality among pregnant women and children under 5.
Internal conflict and prolonged political instability have destabilized and weakened the already fragile economic conditions for families in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where 60 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 per day. Vulnerable families are also affected by frequent natural disasters, such as flooding and epidemics.
Our teams have been working in the DRC since 1984. Today, we are working to contribute to the measurable and sustainable improvement of well-being for 5,311,208 children and their communities through transformational development and humanitarian relief programmes focused on: health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, protecting children, livelihoods and resilience, food aid, psychosocial support and the reintegration of displaced people.
Will you hear us? 100 Children tell their stories.
Violence in the Kasai region was escalated from 2016 to 2017 and although peace has mostly returned to the region, the effects still linger. This report is based on interviews World Vision conducted with more than 100 children living in the aftermath. The stories they shared are alarming, but unfortunately, not surprising.
Saved by Savings Groups
“Having enough money has always been difficult for me," says Christine, a grandmother knitting. "Thanks to training I received, I have learned to knit and sell clothes and earn an income to support myself and my grandchildren," she says.
Protection through Hygiene
Teachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been trained to teach their students to wash their hands to prevent illnesses. Schools have also been equipped so children can wash their hands.
“At school, they teach us how to protect ourselves against the illness. They teach us to wash our hands, not touch any one and not to eat fruit fallen from trees or bush meat,” said Romiance, 12.
Children know their Rights
It is important for children to know both their rights and how to defend themselves. Here, Magnifique, 8, explains the five most common vilations of children's rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo including: economic exploitation, child abuse, traffic accidents, early marriage, and sexual exploitation.