Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kipushi

Kipushi's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2018

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children given skills to feel safer from exploitation. Child safety committee members reached out to children laboring in mines and markets, helping 53 of them return to school.
  • Girls and boys are more protected in their community. Training equipped 94 children and 150 adults to recognize and report cases of child abuse.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Almost 1,500 households have access to clean drinking water thanks to new and repaired water pumps. Nearly 1,000 households have learned about good hygiene behaviors and sanitation at home.
  • Children's parents learn new ways to improve children's health. Health workers taught mothers to prepare nutritious meals, rehabilitating 112 malnourished children.
  • More children have clean water close to home. New boreholes mean 6,526 children in 1,749 households have clean water, reducing rates of waterborne diseases.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children and teachers got support to improve literacy skills. Teacher and volunteer training in literacy education improved 238 students' reading skills.
  • Students received support to stay in school. Parents learned to be more involved in their children's learning, resulting in 98% of pupils completing primary school.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Church leaders were equipped to make connections between physical health like hygiene behavior and Jesus' spiritual offer of living water. These churches are leading the way in sanitation and hygiene behavior changes like handwashing stations.
  • Young people have the opportunity to learn more about their faith. By attending faith-based camps, 1,350 children learned about the love of God in their lives.
  • 1,200 children became more involved in church services and outreach, by teaching during services and telling other children about Jesus.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Kipushi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

In 2015, for the thirteenth year in a row, the Democratic Republic of Congo claimed positive economic growth. And yet, due to years of political instability and natural disasters, 60 percent of the population still lives on less than a dollar a day. Many families do not have access to school or healthcare for their children. To address these inequities, World Vision promoted school attendance, literacy, and girls’ education. Schools were updated with new classrooms and desks, and teachers received additional training. Healthcare initiatives last year focused on prenatal care for pregnant women and campaigns that reached remote children with physical exams and vaccinations to prevent life-threatening childhood diseases.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 18 years.
Kipushi, Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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