“We’re not yet 100% equal, but because we’re helping our families, our husbands and other men are looking at us with respect, not violence. We’re no longer ‘good for nothing’ like they used to call us. That comforts us.”
History of CARE International's work in The Democratic Republic of the Congo
CARE International started work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) started in 1979. In the 1990s, CARE International's work primarily supported Rwandan refugees fleeing into the country. CARE International returned to the DRC in 2002, initially focusing on helping those affected by long-standing conflict.
In 2018, the Ministry of Health in the DRC declared a new outbreak of Ebola. CARE DRC's response has included assisting homes, communities, and health centers with water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as through risk communication and community engagement.
What CARE International does in The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Beyond our Ebola response, CARE International's work today in the DRC focuses on:
- Humanitarian response
- Women's economic empowerment
- Village savings and loans associations
- Food and nutrition security
- Climate resilience
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Gender-based violence
In the DRC, CARE International has strengthened its structure and strategy to assist the Congolese society achieve victories over widespread poverty and reduce social injustice. We work mainly with poor women, adolescent girls and boys, and displaced and returning populations.