Democratic Republic of the Congo

Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Renewed fighting displaces hundreds of thousands of people.

Rape as a Weapon of War

The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest rates of sexual and gender based violence in the world. Here, it is more dangerous to be a woman than a solider. Armed combatants frequently rape women and girls as a weapon of war. 

Country Info

CARE in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has strengthened its structure and strategy to assist the most vulnerable members of Congolese society eradicate poverty and reduce their vulnerability to social injustice. Our target groups include poor and vulnerable women, adolescent girls and boys as well as displaced and returning populations.

We are committed to promoting their fundamental rights, their full participation in the governance of their communities and in the peaceful, sustainable development of their country. Working with civil society and the government, CARE DRC addresses the root causes of poverty along the entire aid continuum.

Our Work in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Eastern DRC: CARE Calls for More Protection for Camps Around Goma

Survey in one camp shows women and girls feel unsafe, survivors express need for support

GOMA, Congo, The Dem. Rep. of (December 12, 2012) - In light of the recent escalation of violence between the Congolese army and armed groups in the Goma area of Democratic Republic of the Congo, CARE today expressed deep concern about the protection of displaced people. Particularly vulnerable are the women and girls in the camps that sprung up around the provincial capital.

Angelina Jolie Visits CARE Project Addressing Gender-Based Violence in the DRC

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GOMA, Congo, The Dem. Rep. of (March 26, 2013) - Yesterday, CARE hosted UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hauge as they visited a CARE-supported sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) project in the Lac Vert Internally Displaced People's camp, on the outskirts of Goma, North Kivu.

Gender-Based Violence Fact Sheet

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses in the world. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way - most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. Genderbased violence leaves its victims with long-term psychological and physical trauma, tears away at the social fabric of communities, and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.

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