The Democratic Republic of Congo hosts one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, centered particularly in the east. Despite its vast wealth of human and natural resources, the country struggles with many challenges. A lack of infrastructure, stunted economy and weak governance cause serious hardship and inhibit development efforts.
Over two decades of armed conflict has displaced 4.3 million people within the country. The province of North Kivu hosts a quarter of the internally displaced population, and has become a perpetually insecure and hostile environment.
Demographic pressures, rapid urbanization, food insecurity and youth unemployment compound looming threats on the horizon. The UN reports that 13.1 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance.
- 9.9 million people are severely food insecure
- More than 2 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition
- 6.4 million people are at risk of epidemics, including 4.8 million people who are vulnerable to cholera
Mercy Corps is responding to the emergency needs of internally displaced people and host communities and strengthening their resilience to recurring stresses and shocks.
- Emergency response: Providing cash assistance so people can prioritize their own immediate basic needs.
- Water, sanitation and hygiene: Providing access to safe drinking water for more than 1.5 million displaced and conflict-affected people. Organizing chlorination of communal water sources. Building familial and public latrines. Improving knowledge and practice of basic hygiene behaviors.
- Education and protection: Facilitating the reintegration of 3,000 displaced out-of-school children into local schools. Training local teachers on trauma and psychosocial support.
- Food security: Addressing the root causes of food insecurity by increasing the production of smallholder farmers and reducing malnutrition.
- Economic opportunity: Supporting sustainable livelihood development of small farmers. Promoting links between value chain actors.
DR Congo: Providing emergency services and brighter futures to displaced families in DRC
4.3 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo are internally displaced because of conflict. They can't go home, so Mercy Corps is working to make sure they have what they need to rebuild their lives.
DR Congo: Cash and the family goat: Sifa’s story of survival
When Sifa and her children fled their home, the only thing they had to rely on was the family goat. Learn how we helped her recover what she lost.
DR Congo: Stories from the Field: Democratic Republic of Congo
Mercy Corps' Global Board Member Bob Newell travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Mercy Corps' most complex countries.
DR Congo: How one young woman is fighting back for change
Like many women in DRC, young Masika has endured terrible violence. But she’s working hard to make the future better for her child — and the next generation.
DR Congo: How much water in a day?
The search for water is a backbreaking ordeal in Goma. Why? See how we've brought clean water within reach — and how women like Justine use the vital resource every day.
DR Congo: The quest for clean water comes closer to home
Many people spend hours every day just gathering water. See how we’ve changed that for thousands of families living in a city built on lava.
DR Congo: Lives spent on the run
Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.
DR Congo: Chaos in Congo: After the rebel invasion
When rebels invaded Goma, eastern Congo's largest city, our teams rushed to help tens of thousands who were forced to flee as the battle approached their homes.
DR Congo: Congo needs a long-term solution
For years, families have lived under the threat of violence, frequently forced to flee their homes for safety. Lately, things have worsened, with renewed fighting between rebels and government troops sparking a new wave of displacement.
DR Congo: New wave of displacement strains water supply
Mercy Corps is ramping up efforts to get more water to families who continue fleeing the volatile situation in Goma.