Concern Worldwide has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1994. Our focus is on providing humanitarian assistance, water and sanitation, and building livelihoods. Concern is currently implementing programmes in North Kivu, Tanganyika, Haut Lomami and Lomami (Kasai region) provinces.
In response to the widespread conflict and displacement in the Kasai region of DRC, Concern is implementing a cash transfer response in Lomami province and is actively seeking funding to further scale up its humanitarian response.
Concern is providing urgent humanitarian assistance to displaced and host communities in response to conflict in North Kivu province. With funding from Irish Aid, we are providing shelter materials and distributing emergency kits – either directly or through fairs – containing essential household items like kitchen utensils, bedding and clothes. Where possible, we also provide cash transfers enabling people to decide themselves how best to meet their immediate needs.
We are also supporting conflict-affected households with short-term Cash-for-Work activities rehabilitating roads and bridges, increasing humanitarian access to remote villages as well as increased access to markets.
In Tanganyika and Haut Lomami provinces, with support from the office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, we are supporting more than 61,000 displaced and conflict-affected people with access to safe water and sanitation facilities. We are also providing emergency shelter materials to displaced families who have lost their homes in the conflict or have been forced to flee their homes to escape the conflict.
Increasing access to water
Less than 50% of the population in the Democratic Republic of Congo has access to clean water, and only 30% has access to adequate sanitation. With the help of our supporters, we are working hard to improve this situation. In Tanganyika, with funding from the Department for International Development in the UK and Irish Aid, our work focuses on water and sanitation. We are increasing access to safe water supplies and helping communities improve sanitary conditions, contributing to improved health.
Concern is leading the DRC WASH consortium which aims to promote good practices in hygiene, sanitation, and management of access to water within communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In partnership with ACF, ACTED, CRS and Solidarités International, we aim to support more than 600,000 people with improved access to safe water and sanitation facilities across the country by December 2018.