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: 2017

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.

  • More youth understand their rights. In total, 50 children learned about their rights, the laws that protect them and how to report child abuse.
  • Children are better protected by the government. Birth certificates were provided to 1,035 children, entitling them to services and protection from the government.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Girls and boys are growing up healthy and strong. Through community health workers, 52 children are recovering from malnutrition.
  • Children have better protection from childhood diseases. Since 14,702 boys and girls received immunizations, they have improved protection from illnesses like measles and polio.
  • Two new borehole wells are giving 786 community members access to clean water.

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.

  • Students are improving their reading and writing skills. With 10 trained volunteers, 207 children participated in reading clubs after school.
  • Young people have better family support for their education. A parent committee with 28 members learned how to ensure schools are providing quality education for their 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.

  • Boys and girls are developing an awareness and understanding of God. Through recreational activities, 1,000 children learned about God and how to share his love with others.
  • 335 children attended a camp held in cooperation with local churches where they learned positive values and made friends.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

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

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 17 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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