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Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC Overview

Overview

For decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suffered from deadly ethnic conflicts and civil war. Although the country is slowly recovering, there are still pockets of insecurity, particularly in North Kivu where Tearfund is working. To make matters worse, crop diseases and soil erosion have decimated consumption and cash crops. More than 75% of the population is surviving on one meal a day.

Now, COVID-19 has come into the area, further cutting off supply routes and inhibiting economic activity.

Quick Facts

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The Congo ranks second in the world for its poverty rate
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of families in Malyo live on one meal per day
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of children are malnourished
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amount of savings group participants over our goal

Our Projects

Through Tearfund and our local church partner – the Baptist Church of Central Africa – you will help farmers overcome their hunger challenges through the introduction of new crops and agricultural techniques. You will also aid in the creation of savings groups and market linkages, providing families with the ability to grow their businesses and their revenue. Lastly, you will help villages overcome the challenges associated with COVID-19, including helping to spur on economic activity through the creation of new markets, co-ops, and financial tools.

Project 1

Resilient Agriculture and Savings Groups

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Problem

Many families live in extreme poverty, and 75% only have enough to eat one meal per day. Churches are eager to address the immense physical and spiritual needs around them, but need the proper tools and training to get started.

Challenges

Threat of violence from rebels, plant diseases, and disease (Ebola, measles, and COVID-19) constantly plague the local population. With limited social services from a weak government, the local church acts as the central hub of activity.

Activities

Farmers will learn sustainable agriculture practices with a focus on crop disease management and new vegetable production. New crops such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes will be introduced to add variety to family consumption and for selling. Additionally, farmers or their spouses will be enrolled in new savings groups where they will be able to grow their savings, have access to loans, and be trained in new business concepts.

Project Details

  • Location: Malyo, Beni Territory, North Kivu
  • Timeframe: October 2018 – September 2021
  • Total Budget: $600,000

Outcome

Your gifts will help families grow their crop output so that they will be able to feed their families 3 nutritious meals per day, increase their household income, and provide education and medical care for their children.

Project 2

COVID-19 Response

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Problem

COVID-19 and associated lockdowns dramatically restricted the movement of people and goods throughout the DRC. This led to decreased economic activity, lowering the income of farmers, while at the same time raising prices on everyday essentials.

Challenges

Farmers were unable to transport their crops to neighbouring towns and cities while restrictions on imports increased the cost of everyday items such as soap, food, and other essentials. Threat of disease loomed in a country that had already suffered immensely from Ebola and measles.

Activities

Through Tearfund, you helped farmers and their families in 3 primary ways: a) access to market, b) extending farming c) access to capital. This project opened local stores in 6 villages to provide new places for farmers to sell and purchase food and other necessities. It also helped expand the production of lasting cash crops that farmers can store and sell in the months ahead such as ginger, garlic, and onions. Lastly, donations to this project provided emergency capital to farmers with immediate needs at a critical point in the cropping cycle.

Project Details

  • Location: Malyo, Beni Territory, North Kivu
  • Timeframe: August 2020 – March 2021
  • Total Budget: $100,896

Outcome

Farmers were provided with the support they needed to endure during the COVID-19 lockdowns without slipping further into extreme poverty and losing the valuable progress they have made.

Stories of Transformation

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The solution to poverty is more than physical, it’s spiritual. Instead of handouts, you will be partnering with local churches to permanently lift families out of poverty. Will you join us?

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Tearfund Canada

340 Ferrier Street
Suite 202
Markham, ON
L3R 2Z5
t: 1-800-567-8190
e: connect@tearfund.ca

Charity Number: 108222191 RR 0001