Instability in the Congo.The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest states in Africa. The country has many natural resources but has some of the lowest development indices in the world. Since Congo's independence in 1960, its history has been marked by several civil wars. Between 1998 and 2003, one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world was provoked, known as the "African World War" and resulted in the displacement of a large part of the Congolese population. Today, the situation is not stable, especially in the East of the country, where insecurity dominates.
Confronting emergencies. The focus of AVSI's work in DR Congo is in answering the needs of thousands of displaced persons who continue to move from one place to another without a destination because of the continuing fighting. AVSI helps these families by distributing essential items, ensuring quality education for children or through cash transfer projects.
Unconditional cash transfer. This tool transfers cash without imposing any conditions on beneficiaries. The basic idea is that they know better than anyone how to meet their own needs.
"I’m 73 years old and my wife is 60. Four months ago, our house was set on fire. Since then, we lost everything. We were farmers, now we are nothing,” says Victor, who seems very sad and is only able to smile again when his wife comes back with the check. "Finally, tonight we will sleep on a mattress.” Victor was one of the 3,000 men, women, and children who, this month, received $120 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, #DRC. Approximately 7,000 families in the South Kivu region will receive assistance as part of the ARCCIII project, a partnership among a few NGOs, including AVSI, @unicefrdcongo @mercycorps @savethechildren @solidaritesinternational. Through an innovative approach, the so-called Unconditional Cash Transfer, AVSI ensures monetary assistance without any constraint or conditions. #avsioninstagram #RDCongo #Africa #Cashtransfers #Unicef #DRC #drcongo #development #refugees #kivu #minova #africanstories #africans #africanportraits #africanpeople #african_portraits #portrait #people_and_world #loveafrica #unlimitedafrica #everydayrefugees #everydayafrica #streetphotography #documentaryphoto #documentaryphotography #reportagephoto #charity #couple #africancouple
For the younger generations. AVSI implements several educational projects: renovating and reconstructing schools, distributing school supplies and teaching aids and facilitating teacher training. AVSI’s psycho-social module, tested and used in these projects, is considered by UNICEF as best practice for its effectiveness.
Food security and agriculture. Another sector in which AVSI has long experience is that of food security, the fight against malnutrition and in support of agriculture. The agricultural sector includes the promotion of innovative technologies that can help farmers or support small local producers or through agricultural training.
A new hospital in Minembwe. On October 27, 2016, thanks to contributions from the European Union and from generous Italian families, AVSI opened a new hospital in Minembwe, a region devastated by decades of conflict, to help a community of 80,000 people.
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