World Vision Hong Kong in DR Congo (2017)

World Vision Hong Kong in DR Congo (2017)

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is one of the largest countries in Africa. Though rich in natural resources, the development of the country has been greatly hampered by political instability since the 1990s. Today, with a majority of its population living in poverty, DR Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Apart from economic challenges, the country also faces human displacement, as widespread militia activities and conflicts in the area have both driven Congolese out of their homes and caused influxes of refugees from neighbouring countries.

World Vision began its development work in DR Congo in 1984. Currently, World Vision operates in 13 provinces of the country and runs 27 Area Development Programmes in 7 of them, supporting over 90,000 sponsored children and their communities. Due to frequent natural disasters and armed conflicts, World Vision also actively responds to humanitarian emergencies, focusing on providing food, protection, nutrition, health care, child friendly spaces (CFS) and reintegration of internal displaced people.

In 2017, World Vision Hong Kong contributed approximately HK$19.19 million to support 4 ADPs and 16 other projects in DR Congo, benefiting over 490,000 people.

2017 Work Highlights

Area Development Programmes (ADP)

World Vision Hong Kong supported 4 ADPs to improve the livelihoods of children and their families, and encouraged their active participation in the process of building a sustainable community.

Education

  • Improved learning environment by ways such as rehabilitating classrooms, constructing latrines and drilling pump wells, benefiting more than 2,620 students.
  • Strengthened teachers’ capacity to provide better education and support for vulnerable families, benefiting about 22,300 students.

Livelihood

  • Engaged 1,560 households in savings groups, allowing members to sustainably fund other sources of income.

Health

  • Vaccinated nearly 23,400 children against common infectious diseases such as malaria, polio and measles.
  • Educated over 6,440 young people on the prevention of HIV.
  • Screened over 5,560 pregnant women for HIV and AIDs. Those found to be HIV-positive were referred to receive special care during delivery to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

WASH

  • Provided access to clean and protected drinking water for more than 18,100 families through drilling and renovation of wells and networking of new pumps.

Child Protection

  • Assisted more than 6,800 children in registering and obtaining their birth certificates, thereby restoring their rights.

Funding (HK$): $17,040,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 227,800

Yellow Fever Emergency Response

  • Trained more than 760 people on countering the spread of yellow fever, including community-based surveillance and other preventive measures.
  • Distributed 9,660 tools in communities to raise public awareness towards the prevention of yellow fever.

Funding (HK$): $629,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 184,400

Food Programmes

  • Partnered with World Food Programme to distribute food or meals to schools and people displaced by conflict. Cash transfer was also provided to create an alternative to food aid and support the local economy.

Funding (HK$): $455,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 54,700

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programmes

  • Educated more than 11,400 community members on the importance of handwashing practices and of the use and construction of latrine. 1,000 latrines and handwashing facilities for three schools were also built.

Funding (HK$): $1,070,000; No. of Beneficiaries: 27,000

Total Funding (HK$): 19,194,000; Total No. of Beneficiaries: 493,900

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