South Kivu Province
and Kinshasa City
The Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, has exceptional natural resources, including mineral deposits (cobalt, copper, etc.), great hydroelectric potential, vast arable land, tremendous biodiversity and the second largest tropical forest in the world, larger than the Amazon rainforest.
Yet most of the DRC's inhabitants have not benefited from these riches. A long succession of conflicts, instability, political unrest and authoritarian regimes has led the country into a severe and persistent humanitarian crisis.
Today, the DRC is one of the five poorest countries in the world, with 62% of its population - or 60 million people - living on less than €2 a day.
- 43% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition.
- 6 million children suffer from stunted growth.
- The maternal mortality rate is catastrophic: 693 deaths per 100,000 live births (compared with 6 in the EU).
- Only 4% of the population has health insurance.
In terms of employment, the country's main source of income is agriculture:
- 70% of the working population is employed in the agricultural sector.
- Only 66.5% of adult women are literate (2018), so they are under-represented in decision-making positions.
- The DRC is home to most of Africa's tropical rainforest.
- Between 2002 and 2020, the DRC lost more than 5% of its primary forests.
Agroecology and natural resources
Our goal: Increase coverage of the basic socio-economic needs of local populations by improving their incomes, while managing ecosystems and agro-ecosystems sustainably and inclusively.
To achieve this, together with our local partners, we take part in research and promote agricultural innovations to solve problems linked to the activities of the beneficiaries. We experiment with and adapt the most relevant profitable and sustainable agro-ecological practices to their contexts.
We support the conservation of ecosystems and agro-ecosystems, in particular by supporting the development of agro-ecological principles in production activities, but also by promoting techniques for protecting and conserving soil and biodiversity. To the same end, we support agroforestry and reforestation initiatives.
We teach farmers to use the Environmental Integration Tool (EIT) producer and to respect the commitments they have made.
Partners : ASOP
Civil society organisations
Our goal: Support the implementation of relevant and effective actions by civil society organisations (CSOs) by facilitating local initiatives in the fields of governance, peace and security, human development and sustainable development.
To achieve this, we work with our local partners to support local CSOs by funding projects in rural and peri-urban areas.
We are developing local support for local CSOs, in particular through a national Local Initiatives Support Office (GAL) and a pool of local consultants.
Entrepreneurship and socio-professional integration
Our goal: Making entrepreneurship and socio-professional integration inclusive.
To achieve this, with our local partners, we support agricultural and non-agricultural entrepreneurship through training in the management of economic activities and developing local support for micro-entrepreneurs.
We offer awareness-raising and functional literacy courses to adults who have not had the chance to go to school (women in particular).
In addition, we work with agricultural vocational schools to strengthen their training on topics jointly identified with them. We also promote the socio-professional integration of young graduate farmers.
Partners : Fonds Social du Kivu « FSKi »
Our goal: Provide quality healthcare, with a particular focus on chronic noncommunicable diseases (diabetes and hypertension) and mental illness.
To achieve this, we work with our local partners to inform and educate communities about diabetes, hypertension and mental health. To support and listen to sufferers, we set up diabetic peer clubs and discussion groups.
We are also working to improve the quality of care, in particular by strengthening healthcare staff through training and local support. A number of healthcare structures are also receiving support in the form of medicines and equipment.
We also work alongside the provincial and local health authorities to supervise and support healthcare facilities.
Finally, we carry out advocacy work to improve the treatment of non-transmissible diseases in the country.
- Division Provinciale de la santé Sud/Kivu « DPS S/K »
- Bureau Central de la Zone de santé de Bagira « BCZS/Bagira »
- Programme Katana « PK »
- Centre d’Appui Médico Psychosociale/ACAD « CAMPS »
Reintegration of children living on the streets
Our goal: To help improve the well-being of street children in Kinshasa and Bukavu and enable them to become socially and professionally integrated and reunited with their families in the long term.
To achieve this, we work with our local partners to meet the children's basic needs by offering shelter, food and healthcare to those who need it.
We provide them with psychosocial support from a multi-disciplinary team (psychologists, social workers, etc.) who receive regular training to ensure the quality of their work.
We raise community awareness of children's rights and work to reunite these children with their families whenever possible.
At the same time, we support the socio-professional integration of young people living on the streets by guiding them in their choice of profession and offering them vocational training courses, both long and modular. We organise internships, incubations, apprenticeships with craftsmen and accompany these young people in their professional integration (employment or self-employment).
- Lisanga Mpo ya Bokolisa Mboka/Ndako Ya Bbiso « NYB »
- Œuvre de Reclassement et de Protection des Enfants de la Rue « ORPER »
- Don Bosco Maison Papy
- Don Bosco Bukavu
Some results in 2022
674 children and young people living on the streets have benefited from medical and psychosocial services.
180 caregivers were trained in mental health.
493 diabetics received medical, psychological and social support.
1,378 farmers were trained in agro-ecological techniques.