After conflict in the 1990s, the Democratic Republic of Congo began to rebuild and recover. Education and health are both central to improving the lives of DRC’s citizens, which is why we support three projects: one training nurses to save lives, one supporting young women to gain skills and experience for careers in catering and hospitality, and another supporting school children to progress to further study.
The situation for DRC’s children is bleak, with roughly one in ten children not living to see their fifth birthday. Well trained nurses and midwives have a key role in saving these children's lives, and many more.
Saving 100 lives per week is the minimum target for most nurses and midwives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so sponsoring a nurse’s qualification results in tangible progress. Training local people as community health nurses and midwives helps to ensure that care is targeted, sensitive to local needs and more widely available. It also contributes to positive changes in the lives of those who are trained, their households and communities.
Grace graduated in July 2014 and is one example of how every pound truly counts:
"I would like to thank my sponsors for this opportunity. During my work placement in Kimbondo I saw more than 100 people per week, it was a joy to be of use. Every day I’m learning new things about my profession and my attitude towards work and health has grown more positive. Without this sponsorship it would have been hard for me to achieve my goal."
DRC is not suffering from a shortage of people willing to make nursing their career, but what’s missing is the financial support for them to pursue their dream and contribute to their country’s growth and development.
By donating £1 a day you can help a young woman learn to save lives and prevent the spread of disease, as well as access respectable and valuable employment.
Young people represent 70% of Congo’s population, however with high levels of poverty and with few education opportunities, few jobs and no skills many turn to risky informal labour. Regular community consultation has identified good paid work as being key to resolving the social and economic issues faced by young people.
Wonder’s project provides culinary and hospitality training courses that combine high-quality classroom teaching and industry work experience to support young women in gaining the skills, knowledge, confidence and agency to earn a good wage in job roles that they can progress in.
Young women in DR Congo want to be educated, to gain skills and be able to support their families to lift themselves out of poverty. Kimbondo Training Centre, on Kinshasa’s periphery is the only significant education and training provider in the area, and the only one with strong links to industry and employment opportunities. The project offers vital opportunities to empower women who are otherwise at significant risk of marginalisation
By providing scholarships and subsidised fees, girls and families who otherwise would not be able to afford, can access these life-changing educational opportunities. Former students have gone on to work in leading hotels and restaurants, embassies and other reputable workplaces. Once in employment a trained student has the ability to double her family’s income meaning that the $360 per year scholarship is a worthy investment.
It's so easy to take an education for granted, but in DRC one in five children complete less than a year's schooling, working to feed themselves from as soon as they can walk. You can give a child a chance to have a better life.
Today, it’s estimated that more than 1 in 4 Congolese children aged 5–17 are missing out on the fundamental right to education, so nearly 7 ½ million Congolese children aged 5–17 are not in school. Girls account for over half (3.9 million) of those who are not enrolled.
In 2010 the DRC Government decreed a gradual transition towards free primary education. However, the elimination of school fees is slow in many provinces. The minerval – a payment of up to 80,500 francs (£56) per child per month to cover the cost of incentives for teachers, a school uniform and learning materials - is still a major barrier for many families.
We are supporting Lycée Liziba to sponsor 100 girls a year. Their families cannot afford to pay for their daughters’ education but are willing to help them study for a brighter future if they get financial support. You can provide that.