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Overview

Communities Communities
6 communities
Community-Led Actions Community-Led Actions
36 current projects
People Served People Served
10,770 direct beneficiaries

DR CONGO

As the second largest country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by a turbulent history, categorized by violence, civil war, and political unrest. Today, DR Congo is home to more than 75 million people and it is estimated that the population will increase by approximately 2.5 percent per year. Today, more than 60 percent of the population lives below the national poverty line, with six of seven people living on less than $1.25 per day. A large portion of the population suffers from a high unemployment, malnutrition, disease, and lack of water.

Outreach International is working with 6 communities in DR Congo through its local partner program, Outreach Congo, benefiting 10,770 people.

Children of DR Congo

In DR Congo, we're helping children get the nutritious foods and schooling they need to grow up strong, healthy and educated. Helping one another along the way, they're breaking the mold of poverty. Enjoy the beautiful faces of these precious...

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Issues And Impact

In DR Congo, a startling 75 percent of the country lacks access to safe water and is at a high risk for water-related diseases. One in 10 children under the age of five years old dies from diarrhea or other waterborne illnesses.

Outreach has helped secure safe water for thousands of people in DR Congo. In Navuindu, two of every three families now have access to clean water, and we are working tirelessly to increase that number.

According to the Global Hunger Index, 70 percent of the population is chronically undernourished, without access to adequate food. During the lean months (dry season), food becomes especially difficult to harvest.

Outreach has helped families secure proper irrigation to continue vegetable garden growth during the lean months. In our communities, four out of every five families now have access to food during this critical time.

In DR Congo, diseases like malaria, cholera, HIV and typhoid fever are widespread. More than 400 children die of malaria every day in DR Congo. Because children under five do not have fully developed immune systems, they are at the greatest risk for disease.

Since Outreach began working in Kalebuka, DR Congo, a new clinic has increased access to medicines four-fold. And the clinic doesn't just serve the community of Kalebuka; families come from all over to receive treatments or medical attention. The clinic has the capacity to treat eight out of 10 common diseases in the communities, including typhoid fever and minor surgeries.

Prior to Outreach's work in DR Congo, 77 percent of our communities were without an adequate source of income to provide for their families needs.

Today, we see a dramatically-reduced poverty rate in DR Congo. Now, more than 60 percent of communities have access to adequate income from activities, like brick-making and selling produce.

People And Communities

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We've helped Naviundu, DR Congo, install their second water faucet, giving thousands access to clean water.
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The clinic in Kalebuka allows thousands in the surrounding area to access medicines and vaccinations.
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A nutritious super flour, made of corn, beans and whole-grain cereal, helps make our feeding program successful.

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