CARE DRC
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Democratic Republic of the Congo

CARE started work in: 1979

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ranks 88 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International’s work in the DRC has focused on supporting Rwandan refugees, responding to the Ebola crisis, and assisting vulnerable groups.

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: 

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.

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2021
  • Direct 1,014,442
  • Women & girls 56%
  • Indirect 2,800,187
Total population impacted by end of 2021
  • All programs 19,643
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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VSLAs in DRC: Solidarity and savings graduate families out of poverty

This story started well before 2016—it starts with the Tuungane project—the first time CARE used VSLAs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tuungane was a $114 million DFID-funded project that CARE ran from 2007-2014 in collaboration with IRC. It reached 1.8 million people and added the VSLA component in 2012. Working with women in those VSLAs created the foundation that CARE is using to build conflict-resilient VSLAs.

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