Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Children

About the Democratic Republic of Congo

Working in DRC since 1994, today Save the Children works in five regions in the troubled country. Working with local and international partners and government stakeholders at all levels, Save the Children implements a holistic approach to supporting DRC's children: getting children back to school, providing them with healthcare and nutrition support, and protecting them from exploitation and abuse. In 2012, Save the Children reached a total of 391,931 beneficiaries directly, including 250,190 children, and an estimated 709,517 indirectly through development and emergency response.

Facts About

More than 79 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 9 years

118 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day

Our Work

In a country where nearly one in five children don't live to see their fifth birthday and which has one of the world's poorest health systems, we are saving lives. With increasing numbers of families displaced from their homes, accessing healthcare is becoming an increasing challenge. We increased access to quality basic education for thousands of children in elementary schools across the country, training teachers distributing learning materials, constructing classrooms and establishing children's clubs that encourage children to stay in school. We reached thousands of vulnerable children by training local leaders and communities to prevent and respond to exploitation, abuse, violence, and neglect, providing medical and psychosocial support to hundreds of separated and unaccompanied children, and identifying and supporting survivors of sexual violence.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 32,534
from harm

supported 352,071
in times of crisis

provided 436,228 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 846,696 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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