Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a vast country with immense mineral wealth and natural resources. But more than a decade of devastating civil war has killed almost four million people, and as many as half a million women and girls have been victims of extreme sexual violence carried out by armed groups.
While the eyes of the world were looking elsewhere, the Catholic Church was the only structure in DRC capable of providing a safety net for the victims of violence, providing psychological support, medical services and access to justice for rape victims. As a result, we've mainly been working with Congolese Church structures at parish, diocesan and national levels.
With our partners we are:
- providing humanitarian aid and helping people resettle in the east of the country
- providing long term psychological and social trauma healing programmes
- helping people make a living
- funding specific programmes around peace building and reconciliation,
- campaigning for more accountable and responsive governance, especially around reducing poverty and managing DRC's natural resources.