Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee and exempted from using the word "limited", Reg. No. 39647. Reg. Charity No. CHY 5745,
Registered in Ireland, Registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 1 417 7700
DR Congo: helping people in crisis
Conflict is still affecting thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thanks to our supporters, Concern Worldwide has been able to help some of the people most affected by the crisis.
Conflict between armed groups in DRC has led to huge displacement since late last year. Some 130,000 people were forced to flee their homes in North Kivu last November, in the wake of the eight day take-over of the capital Goma by the M23 rebel group.. The conflict has also led to serious human rights abuses. There have been reports of lootings, rapes, executions and recruitment of children into armed forces.
Charity work in DR Congo
Our teams are working hard to ensure the people affected by this conflict get the help they need. We held open fairs in February and provided people with vouchers or cash that can be exchanged for supplies. In this way, almost 4,000 families were helped. People used their vouchers to get items like seeds and tools, enabling them to begin rebuilding their lives.
- Find out more about our use of food vouchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Learn more about our water and sanitation programmes in the Democractic Republic of Congo
We have helped to ensure income for our beneficiaries through Cash for Work activities. In Masisi in North Kivu, poor road access makes it difficult for vehicles to reach affected villages and for people to access markets. Concern pays a daily rate to beneficiaries to help rehabilitate the roads. A total of 1,821 people are participating in this and progress is good. at the end of March, maintenance work on 35km of roads had already been completed.
Between 27 February and 4 March, our teams distributed essential supplies such as plastic sheeting, blanket and sleeping mats, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and soap. These were provided to people in the Bukombo, Kalinga, Lushebere and Bihito camps. These distributions reached a total of 4,310 people.
Another round of distributions took place in mid-March – this time we were able to reach 3,977 families.
There is still a great deal of work to be done. Some of the areas affected by the conflict have not yet received help.
So, we’re continually doing assessments in order to identify what we can do to provide support in these areas. This could mean that our work in the DR Congo will soon be expanding to reach even more people.