Democratic Republic of Congo

  • The IRC provides education to children in DRC.

    The IRC provides education to children in DRC.
  • The IRC empowers women in DRC through economic empowerment.

    The IRC empowers women in DRC through economic empowerment.
  • The IRC supports women who have been victims of violence.

    The IRC supports women who have been victims of violence.
  • We help communities to identify their own needs and manage their own recovery projects.

    We help communities to identify their own needs and manage their own recovery projects.
  • The IRC provides emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in eastern Congo.

    The IRC provides emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in eastern Congo.
  • The IRC rehabilitates and constructs hospitals and clinics in DRC.

    The IRC rehabilitates and constructs hospitals and clinics in DRC.

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Overview

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's least developed country in terms of life expectancy, education, standard of living and key health indicators like maternal and child mortality. Following years of economic and political decline, the war of 1998 to 2002 was characterised by extreme violence, massive population displacement and widespread rape.

Despite several formal peace agreements, violence continues in eastern Congo, causing loss of life and uprooting families. The state is unable to provide protection and basic services to its people who continue to suffer from poverty and neglect.

How we help
  • The IRC provides emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in eastern Congo.
  • The IRC works with local organisations and helps survivors of sexual violence with counselling, medical care and legal assistance.
  • The IRC empowers communities to identify their own development needs and design and manage their own recovery projects, such as schools and health centres.
  • The IRC trains health and government workers, rehabilitates and constructs hospitals and clinics, and provides essential drugs.
  • The IRC trains thousands of teachers and enables almost 500,000 children to access basic education in safe schools.

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