Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kolwezi
Kolwezi's Community News
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2016
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- 3,466 children took part in sports teams, a choir, and children clubs we formed in collaboration with local churches to promote child development and well-being.
- We established new saving groups to help 216 members gain access to low-interest loans that sustain their families. The loans have been used to purchase sewing machines, hair and beauty supplies, and farm equipment, in order to generate household income.
- To help improve food production and income, we partnered with local organizations to assist 399 farmers to grow maize, groundnuts, soybeans, and cassava so they could afford to pay for their children's education and health care costs.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- 5,148 children were fully immunized during campaigns in which we trained 30 community health workers to educate mothers about the importance of immunizations.
- In collaboration with local health partners, we distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets to 68,547 households to help protect children from malaria, a mosquito-borne disease.
- With help from partners, we provided clean water for 19,000 people by drilling two new borehole wells and training members of water committees to repair and maintain 32 borehole wells.
- We offered education sessions for 30 community health workers and caregivers on improving children's nutrition through practices such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and age-appropriate foods for toddlers.
- So that nine community schools could enjoy safe drinking water and improved sanitation, we drilled one new borehole well, adding to the seven wells that were drilled last year.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- 50 teachers were trained on effective teaching methods in reading and math in order to improve the quality of primary education for girls and boys. We also worked with 22 community volunteers to open reading clubs for 642 children.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- In partnership with local churches, we engaged 2,734 children in spiritual nurture activities, including Christmas celebrations, music competitions, and Bible camps.
To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.
The needs in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
In 2015, for the thirteenth year in a row, the Democratic Republic of Congo claimed positive economic growth. And yet, due to years of political instability and natural disasters, 60 percent of the population still lives on less than a dollar a day. Many families do not have access to school or healthcare for their children. To address these inequities, World Vision promoted school attendance, literacy, and girls’ education. Schools were updated with new classrooms and desks, and teachers received additional training. Healthcare initiatives last year focused on prenatal care for pregnant women and campaigns that reached remote children with physical exams and vaccinations to prevent life-threatening childhood diseases.
Life cycle of a sponsorship community
World Vision has been in this community for 15 years.
Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Phase 3
PHASE 1: Years 1-3
- Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
- Partnership with community begins
- Outline needs and resources
- Child sponsorship begins
PHASE 2: Years 4-9
- Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
- Children benefit from life-changing projects
- Community embraces project ownership
PHASE 3: Years 10-close
- Years of hard work continues to transform lives
- Community self-sufficiency grows
- A sustainable plan for the future is determined
- World Vision leaves
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