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
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DR Congo: Supplying water to the newly displaced
Mercy Corps is supplying emergency water services and sanitation supplies to meet the needs of newly displaced families in the beleaguered city of Goma — and to stem the outbreak of waterborne disease.
DR Congo: Monitoring needs as Goma falls
Mercy Corps is monitoring humanitarian needs as the situation unfolds in eastern Congo, where rebel forces have taken control of Goma, the capital of Congo's war-torn North Kivu province.
DR Congo: Fighting the cholera epidemic in emergency camps
Cholera is raging across the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last year, more than 22,000 people have been infected – 1,600 of those in the last four weeks alone.
DR Congo: Patience and Promise
These two girls live in a displacement camp in eastern Congo.
DR Congo: Boy in Buhimba IDP camp, Congo
A boy living in the Buhimba camp for families displaced by war, outside the city of Goma, DR Congo.
DR Congo: A day of peace in Congo
Around the world, people took a moment to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Mercy Corps team in Nyanzale, Democratic Republic of the Congo took time to celebrate the call for ceasefire and non-violence with the communities from displacement camps and Nyanzale town.
DR Congo: In Congo, saving trees and lives
Last November and December I was working with Mercy Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I had the chance to make a photo essay on our work that the BBC is featuring on their website.
DR Congo: Secretary Clinton visits the most dangerous place to be a woman
While her husband's trip to North Korea to release two American women journalists has recently dominated headlines, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on a mission that has the potential to save countless women's lives. As part of her seven nation tour of Africa, Mrs.
DR Congo: Simple things can make the biggest difference in the DRC
When asked by family or friends after a field visit, "How was your trip?" or "What's new in Africa?" I'm often guilty of giving oversimplified responses, though I realize our programs go way beyond "fine" and "interesting."
DR Congo: A stove to save lives
For 59-year-old Dafroza Baleberaho, building improved cookstoves isn’t just about preventing climate change, it’s about saving women’s lives.