Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kipushi

Kipushi'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.

  • 57 community leaders attended our trainings on Citizen Voice and Action to learn to advocate for quality education. Citizen Voice and Action is our program that brings communities and governments together to find common solutions for improving schools, clinics, livelihoods, and water and sanitation services.
  • Hundreds of families joined World Vision's savings groups to help them increase their income and provide for their children's essential needs, such as school and medical expenses.
  • 345 local farmers received cabbage, onion, and tomato seeds, as well as fertilizer and technical assistance so they could improve their crop yields and produce more income for their families.

  • We conducted training sessions for 124 farmers on entrepreneurship, project management, savings groups, and micro-credit so they could learn to sell their farm products to raise income for their families' education and healthcare needs.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • 1,747 women received training and counseling from our community health workers on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, healthy birth spacing, HIV and AIDS testing, and prenatal care to improve health and nutrition for their children.
  • 10,447 youths took part in peer-led sessions on HIV and AIDS, through a collaboration between health officials, local churches, educators, and World Vision.
  • 1,127 households benefited from access to safe water when we drilled three borehole wells in partnership with Kipushi Health Zone, the United Methodist Church, the Reformed Church, and the Protestant Church.

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.

  • 7,203 primary school age children benefited from our teacher trainings on Literacy Boost, which helps kids improve their reading and writing skills. Literacy Boost is a program that uses materials in children's local language to help make learning to read and write easier for them.

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.

  • 750 children attended Christmas celebrations, 25 Sunday school teachers attended our sessions on children's spiritual nurture, and 600 children from various churches learned about the love of God and their neighbors at our Bible camps.

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Kipushi

current conditions

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The needs in Kipushi, 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 16 years.
Kipushi, 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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