Mercy Corps has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2007. The DRC 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.
Furthermore, over two decades of armed conflict has displaced some 2.1 million people within the country (UNHCR, 2017). Demographic pressures, rapid urbanization, food insecurity and youth unemployment compound looming threats on the horizon. Hundreds of thousands of people are also facing measles, cholera and other diseases. The UN states that 6.7 million people will need humanitarian aid in the country in 2017.
- Water: Providing safe drinking water in urban areas to 60,000 to 129,000 people every day, significantly reducing diarrheal diseases in children under-five, responding to the acute water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of both internally displaced people and host communities
- 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, while providing internally displaced people with efficient cash transfers so they can prioritize their own immediate basic needs
All stories about DR Congo
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.
DR Congo: Distributing food to overwhelmed camps
Mercy Corps has distributed food to more than 11,000 families who were displaced after Goma was captured by M23 rebels two weeks ago.