73 communities in the provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Maniema.
The outbursts of violence very frequently disrupt the minimal economic security that people have achieved. As a result, they continually find themselves back at square one. The communities do not have any form of government. As a result, there are almost no facilities. Most of the families do not have any money to visit a doctor or to pay school fees. And the government only bears a small part of the costs. For example, parents have to pay 80% of the school costs themselves.
The weak government, corruption and the constant flare-ups of violence form a major threat to any form of rehabilitation.
The problem analysis shows that little is to be expected of the central government. We therefore focus on strengthening local government, since it is closest to the people. We assist communities in setting up facilities for employment, healthcare and education. Examples of activities are: settling disputes about land ownership, transferring knowledge of new agricultural techniques, making funds available for medical care and providing psychological assistance to persons who have been traumatized.
In the DR Congo we work together with such organizations as: the United Nations (UNICEF, UNESCO, OMS, FAO, OCHA, UNDP), the European Union, ECHO, the Dutch embassy and CARG.