Despite its wealth of natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is among countries with the highest number of people living below the poverty line. According to the UN, the long-standing humanitarian crisis in DRC is one of the four largest humanitarian crises in the world. Political instability and a poor state of security hinder the country's development. People in Need (PIN) has been working in DR Congo since 2008 and every year helps hundreds of thousands of people.
In far-flung rural areas of the eastern provinces of South Kivu and Maniema, we are assisting in reducing malnutrition in children under the age of five and in pregnant and breastfeeding women. We encourage prevention inside communities as well as necessary treatment in healthcare centres. Prevention also involves varying people ́s diets by helping them grow their own crops, reducing food scarcity, and improving hygiene conditions for the most vulnerable households. In addition, we are trying to improve quality and access to health care and safe drinking water in the rural areas of DR Congo.
We also help local people increase awareness of their rights and improve access to justice for disadvantaged Congolese people, to enable them to influence and change their living conditions to make their country a dignified place for life once again.
In the past, we have also provided assistance to victims of sexual violence, which is a common and strong weapon of the rebels operating in the Eastern part of the country.