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: Stoves vs. Guns
Today is going to be a busy day: I'm visiting four separate displacement camps with our environmental teams. But before that, we have to get out of Goma, and that's not proving easy with heavy traffic, crowds of people and truckloads of soldiers everywhere.
DR Congo: Patience
DR Congo: Plans Change
I got up at 6:30 a.m., packed my bags, ate breakfast and sent off a flurry of emails this morning in preparation for our impending journey to Nyanzale. Our departure as part of a caravan of Mercy Corps vehicles was scheduled for 10 a.m., but various meetings kept delaying that departure.
DR Congo: Fallen Leaders and Uncertain Times
Today is a holiday throughout Congo to commemorate two fallen leaders: Patrice Lumumba and Laurent Kabila. But, in sharp counterpoint to Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S., no one is really talking about this occasion's significance. It seems simply to be a day off.
DR Congo: Just Below the Surface
Goma is proof that appearances can be deceiving.
DR Congo: Tracing History's Route
DR Congo: Returning to Africa
DR Congo: Thousands Besieged in Eastern Congo
Amid the uncertainties of peace negotiations on the heels of ferocious fighting in eastern Congo, Mercy Corps is supplying more than 100,000 displaced people with the most critical resource of all: clean, fresh water.
DR Congo: Congo: Fuel Efficient Stoves
The lives of thousands of people living in the camps of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been dramatically improved thanks to the highly successful Fuel Efficient Stoves project.
DR Congo: Rainstorms, Lava and a Human Flood
I recently watched as the rain fell for hours over Goma. From the comfort of a house, rain in tropical Africa is spectacular, even magic. But for the thousands displaced Congolese waiting out the storm in their twenty-four square foot huts made of sticks and banana leaves, it is hell.