DR Congo

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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

The context

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.

Our work

  • 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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