Empower the most vulnerable people affected by conflicts to overcome hardships in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Respond to urgent needs while striving to move rapidly to long-term recovery.
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 1.5 million people within the country (UNHCR, 2016). Demographic pressures , rapid urbanization, food insecurity and youth unemployment compound looming threats on the horizon.
Providing safe water in urban areas to 60,000 to 129,000 people daily. Our WASH approaches have significantly reduced diarrheal diseases in children under 5 years. We ensure sustainable access to quality WASH services and resources. Building on our medium-scale urban WASH expertise, we aim to replicate the model in other major towns. At the same time, when humanitarian crises result - in the Kivus alone- in over 1.5 million IDPs (OCHA, 2015), we respond to acute WASH needs. We integrate long-lasting solutions for the self-sufficiency of IDPs and host communities.
Addressing the root causes of food insecurity for 392,000 vulnerable people in the province by improving maternal, infant and young children nutrition. Unlocking smallholder farmers’ potential to improve their productivity and increase their incomes.
Promoting economic development in agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. Supporting sustainable livelihood development using a market development approach. Striving for human dignity for IDPs, we are at the forefront of the unconditional cash transfer humanitarian approach.
Youth and Gender
We spotlight youth entrepreneurship and vocational skill trainings to break the cycle of poverty. Our team facilitates new jobs creation and livelihood opportunities. We recognizes the particular challenges that beset men, women, boys and girls - discrimination and sexual and gender based violence, Mercy Corps strives for gender equity in each and every program.
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DR Congo: Congo's "conflict charcoal"
Most people have heard of conflict or "blood" diamonds, but fewer may be aware of conflict charcoal. The charcoal trade in Congo's North Kivu Province is primarily controlled by a long-standing rebel group. Much of the charcoal in Goma is produced from trees in Virunga National Park.
DR Congo: A handy gift for Dad
DR Congo: Helping Those With Nowhere Else to Go
Several dozen women stand on jagged volcanic rock in the pouring rain. The drenched clothes they're wearing are among the only possessions they were able to salvage when fleeing burning homes and brutal violence. They've had to drink rainwater from dirty puddles just to survive.
DR Congo: C'est Le Depart
Today, I am leaving Goma to go back home — more than 35 hours of flights and layovers on my way back to Portland, and my family. And, over the course of the morning, I have heard one phrase over and over: "C'est le depart?"
DR Congo: History's Traffic Jam
This afternoon, on the way back to the office from Mugunga II Camp, our team was caught in massive gridlock almost as soon as we hit Goma's city limits. As we inched forward, everyone in our vehicle wondered what could be causing the snarl.
DR Congo: Stronger UN Role is Needed in the Congo
DR Congo: Congo's Hidden Displaced
Her name is Laurene. She lives in a church. She is 10 years old.
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DR Congo: Inside the Green Rope
It's firewood distribution day here in Buhimba Camp. Hundreds of women, most of whom are elderly, have lined up to wait their turn. A green rope goes up along the perimeter of the wood yard where the distribution will take place.