Democratic Republic of the Congo: Karawa

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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 Karawa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Karawa is in the far north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between the Congo River and the border with Central African Republic. It’s a rural, agricultural area that suffers from poor land usage, run-down roads, and inadequate social services. Families who try to make a living in Karawa are hindered by a lack of healthcare options, banks, good schools, and clean water sources, and they can’t earn enough money to feed or protect their children well. Too many young children aren’t immunized and fall ill and even die from preventable diseases or malnutrition. Parents aren’t well trained to recognize the signs of malnutrition in their children, and people’s awareness of good hygiene behaviors is low. Only about one in three households have access to sanitation facilities, and very few have clean water access or handwashing stations. Though families understand the importance of educating both girls and boys, the cost of school supplies, fees, and uniforms can take up as much as half of a family’s monthly income; along with this, crowded and run-down classrooms hold some students back from succeeding. Nearly half of girls don’t finish school, and about one in three girls gets married as a child. Many children don’t have birth certificates, which keeps them from accessing essential government services like child protection or healthcare. The area is close to mining zones that are well known for forced child labor. Fortunately, Karawa is a largely Christian area, and churches actively advocate and work for vulnerable members’ wellbeing.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 0 years.
Karawa, Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: PLAN

  • We start by building relationships with local leaders and community members.
  • The community identifies their greatest challenges and develops an action plan.
  • The community nominates vulnerable children for sponsorship.

PHASE 2: ESTABLISH

  • Community projects begin as we work shoulder to shoulder with families.
  • Excitement grows as families start experiencing positive change.
  • The well-being of children improves as solutions are implemented.

PHASE 3: EMPOWER

  • Local leaders and families take on more ownership and self-sufficiency grows.
  • The community and children grow stronger and healthier thanks to large improvements in areas like clean water, education, nutrition, and more.

PHASE 4: GRADUATE

  • After years of hard work, the community becomes self-reliant and is ready to graduate.
  • We celebrate their success and seek out the next community where God has blessings in store.

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