Democratic Republic of the Congo

Why World Vision is in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the most fragile countries in the world, with 2020’s pandemic joining the list of ongoing crises the country faces. Recurring armed conflicts cause violence and displace people from their homes and livelihoods, severe food insecurity leads to chronic malnutrition, and disease outbreaks like Ebola challenge the healthcare system’s capabilities. COVID-19 posed an additional burden for the health system and other social services, overstretching them among the country’s numerous humanitarian needs. The situation of kids who were already at risk of violence or exploitation from poverty has worsened as families feel the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Over 1.4 million children were supported in areas like education, sanitation, and nutrition, thanks to partners and donors. Religious leaders played a key part in protecting children from harm during pandemic-related closures and promoting health messaging. We are responding to the conflict in the northern regions, providing food and other basic support to vulnerable families and communities. With partners, we’re addressing immediate survival needs and working toward a better future for vulnerable children and families, helping make sure kids are protected from violence and have basic needs met, and also that just systems and structures will uphold their wellbeing.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

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.

  • Vulnerable families participated in child protection training so that they know how to access resources to keep their children safe.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Hygiene trainings gave families and kids the tools and resources needed to stay healthy.
  • Families have access to clean water closer to home after World Vision helped established clean water sources within 30 minutes of several communities.

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.

  • Schools and literacy programs were equipped with thousands of books in local languages with regionally specific stories to get kids excited to read more.
  • Community members were trained to run local literacy programs and reading clubs so that kids could receive support as they learned to read and write.

Prayer Requests from Democratic Republic of the Congo

World Vision's staff in Democratic Republic of the Congo are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For all the children in the DRC to be protected from COVID-19 and its lingering effects.


  • For peace in the eastern part of the country as people face armed violence and inter-community conflicts.


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