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Quick low down on current DRC situation...
Increased violence from armed groups has devastated DRC since late 2022
5.8 million people displaced across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNHCR)
Estimated 800,000 people have been displaced in the Childhood Rescue project areas
Childhood Rescue team evacuated in late 2022 to Goma
Key activities continued via remote coordination with local partners
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For almost four years our Childhood Rescue programmes have been building momentum in East DRC, specifically in the areas of:
- Agriculture, across both livestock and crops
- Income generating businesses
- Community savings groups (S4T)
- Nutrition & health (targeting child malnutrition)
Due to the recent six months of physical separation there was fear momentum may pause or go backwards but... SURPRISE!
In the midst of devastation and uncertainty, the community members who stayed continued with this year's agriculture plans and had one of their best harvests yet!
They even had enough overflow to pool their profits and buy their own fields!
This is your gift in sustainable action :)
"This is not just a job.
Being evacuated was very difficult for us. These results are amazing.
We are very happy."
If you've been following the Childhood Rescue story for a while you have no doubt seen 'S4T' groups mentioned.
S4T stand for, Savings for Transformation and the groups make a very practical difference, by providing:
- Lessons to understand and manage finances
- Resources in developing skills & income generating businesses
- Accountability & framework for working as a community collective
- Practical ongoing training and support
- Start up capital
S4T groups are open to everyone but women predominantly join them. We continually see them provide, security, agency and empowerment for women across the world.
The situation in DRC remains extremely volatile and dangerous.
Ongoing tensions between armed groups means rural communities live side by side with roaming rebels.
Helping children in the world's most dangerous places is a roller coaster ride of emotions, especially for our amazing programme staff.
Amidst the highs, lows and set backs, we know hope is always worth pursuing.
In the DRC, your gift helps pursue hope in practical ways, so communities and children can survive, recover and build sustainable futures.
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