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: Lost and Found
Yesterday I went out on the food distribution, our first. We got lost, somehow, driving the minivan over the rough farm paths of Lac Vert.
DR Congo: The Key is Hope
Like thousands of Congolese children, young Giselle's path to relative safety in Goma has been grueling. But, with your help, Mercy Corps is offering them much-needed support once they reach their destination.
DR Congo: 'L’eau, c’est la vie!'
I never found Eduardo, but the distribution was exciting. Mercy Corps' first work in Congo. We helped AVSI, an Italian NGO, set up and distribute water to 2,500 families. It started off a bit rocky.
DR Congo: Instructions
Finally, some real work! Actually helping people instead of listening to their stories and driving home. Mugur has found us a niche. He’s been frantically working every angle and contact as the IDPs flooded into town this week. Being new to Congo, it’s been tough to break in.
DR Congo: A Day in the Office
Mugur came back from a security briefing at the UN with the following updates:
DR Congo: Rain and IDPs
A strange couple of days. Yesterday, Thursday, the fighting intensified. Pretty much the whole town of Sake emptied and came here, and they are still coming. Now there are some 30,000 IDPs in Goma, most up in Mugunga.
DR Congo: Chanceline
One day last week I visited the health center in Muja, a town 15 miles north of Goma, just west of the army checkpoint. It is a place of crushing poverty, even by DRC standards. Three-fourths of the children are undernourished. People earn less than a dollar a day.
DR Congo: Questions
Spent today conducting assessment surveys with Fernand, one of our Congolese staff. Basically, this means going door to door and asking people 61 questions ranging from how much money they earn and what they eat each day to where they go for health care.