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: 2015

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.

  • 399 households benefitted from increased harvests and more household income when we helped farmers start associations in which they worked together to cultivate land and learn improved agricultural practices.
  • Six new savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs.
  • We trained community members to raise awareness on the importance of registering babies within 90 days of birth so they have access to healthcare and education.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • We partnered with church leaders and community members to teach children about the prevention of HIV and AIDS so they can make faith-based, responsible decisions about their lives.
  • 8,000 children received immunizations, Vitamin A supplements, and deworming medication during campaigns we organized to prevent childhood diseases.
  • 19,000 households benefitted when we drilled 33 new borehole wells to reduce the risk of children contracting waterborne illnesses from unprotected water sources.

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.

  • To ensure that children have access to quality education, we partnered with the government to train teachers in improved reading and math curriculum, and provided schools with new textbooks.
  • We provided 12 new classrooms, 300 new desks, four blocks of latrines, and a school office to ensure children can learn in a safe and comfortable environment.
  • 6,115 children celebrated their birthdays with fun activities such as games, a parade, and a soccer tournament. They enjoyed a special treat of juice, popcorn, and donuts. Gifts for the community included playground equipment for a primary school, uniforms for 10 sports teams, four computers for a school computer lab, and trees for seven schools.

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.

  • Children and youth participated in spiritual nurture programs which were led by local pastors with our support. The programs are part of an effort to equip pastors as spiritual leaders of their communities.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

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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