Democratic Republic of the Congo

Why World Vision is in 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.

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.

  • We increased crop yields and provided better food security for the community by training farmers on new agricultural methods, such as planting high value crops and improving post-harvest storage.
  • Area families learned how savings groups can help them increase their income and provide for their children’s essential needs, such as school and medical expenses.
  • We worked with local governments and community leaders to raise awareness about the importance of birth registration for children 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.

  • 35,600 children received immunizations, Vitamin A supplements, and deworming medication during campaigns we organized to prevent childhood diseases.
  • To prevent child illness and ensure equal access to clean water and sanitation, we constructed new borehole wells and sanitary latrines.
  • We are increasing incomes, improving nutrition, increasing women’s socio-economic empowerment, and improving resilience for more than 30,000 households. To date, over 3,900 farmers have received training to increase their agricultural productivity, over 10,000 pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of 2 have received supplementary food, over 2,000 women have been trained in business management skills and savings groups and supported to create income-generating activities, and over 1,700 farmers have been trained in natural resources management.

  • We mapped trachoma in 30 health zones, and then implemented community and school mass drug administration to treat and prevent it for over 1 million people.

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 children are successful in school, we partnered with the Education Office to train teachers on improved methods in reading, writing, science, and math.
  • To ensure that children can learn in a safe and comfortable environment, we supported the construction, renovation, and improvement of classrooms and sanitary latrines.

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.

  • Relying on God’s grace and Spirit, our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus—the reason for our hope.

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:

  • Healthcare workers educating the public about preventing measles, malaria, cholera, and HIV and AIDS.

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  • Teachers working to help their students learn to read and write.

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News from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Prayer for the refugees, displaced people

Join us in prayer for all those who find themselves “strangers,” as Jesus calls them in Matthew 25:35. Here are prayer points for refugees and displaced people.