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.
More than 77.2 Million
people 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
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...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 1,163,282 children
with a healthy start in life
helped 1,600 families
feed their children
gave 471,620 children
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