Despite its wealth of natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is among the countries with the highest number of people living below the poverty line. According to the UN, the long-standing humanitarian crisis in DRC is one of the four largest humanitarian crises in the world. Political instability and a poor state of security hinder the country's development, particularly in the eastern provinces of the country. People in Need (PIN) has been working in DR Congo since 2008 and every year helps hundreds of thousands of people.
In far-flung rural areas of the eastern provinces of South Kivu and Maniema, we have been assisting in reducing malnutrition of children under the age of five and pregnant and breastfeeding women. We encourage prevention inside communities as well as necessary treatment in healthcare centres. Prevention also involves varying people ́s diets by helping them grow their own crops, reducing food scarcity, and improving hygiene conditions for the most vulnerable households. In addition, we are trying to improve quality and access to health care and safe drinking water in the rural areas of DR Congo.
Our country program portfolio doesn’t only include the humanitarian assistance. We have helped local communities to increase awareness of their rights and improve access to justice. We encourage individuals to be active citizens and to be drivers of change.
Together with our partners, we have provided health assistance to victims of sexual violence, which is a common and strong weapon of the rebels operating in the Eastern part of the country. Thanks to continuous community involvement, and active participation, our projects bring sustainable outputs with a strong sense of ownership by the local population.