Democratic Republic of the Congo

We partner with A.R.M.Congo based in the Sud Kivu region (western DR Congo), our partners are providing education, medical care and a church for poor people, refugees and war orphans. Note the staggering statistic that state 71% of the population are living below the poverty line !

We have also have been partnering with the ACE Trust to re-equip a hospital, destroyed in the war, in the rural town of Mulongo north of Lubumbashi.

During the war the area was overrun and the work of the hospital destroyed. Now, since the end of the war it has been possible to continue the work of building the hospital backup to something similar to what was in place before the recent troubles started.

Click on the links below for a better view of Team Hope’s work in the Congo.

Team Hope is focused through our projects and programmes to create a system of Self-sufficiency with all our in-country partners. We do this through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) method.

Whether building schools or developing children’s residence, Team Hope through the incredibly generous support we receive from our followers, have been involved in making some life changing projects come to life. Children who have struggled on a daily basis to simply survive, now have a real and genuine hope for the future.

We are proud that there is both Team and Hope in all that we do.

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Team Hope has been sending Christmas Shoebox gifts to the children of DRC for several years now. As one of the poorest countries in the developing world the children are hugely impacted by the generosity of the people all across Ireland. Civil unrest in neighbouring Burundi create major challenges in 2015. However, we hope to continue with this project to maintain our policy of reaching out to the poorest children in the poorest regions across Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.

“It was such a joy to see so many poor children being blessed in this way, the parents and teachers kept saying thank you as well.”

Take a look at our 90 second video that has been viewed by over 50 million people world wide.

Click in to our main Christmas Shoebox Appeal pages here where you can read about this, watch this years DVD and so much more.

A day in Mulongo …

It was Sunday and we had been asked to visit a village church 25 km from the city. Leaving at 8 am., the 3 km of tarmac road was soon left behind us and we began negotiation of undulating dirt roads. Four more km and we began the negotiation of flooded sections of road that required probing holes with sticks, engaging 4Wheel-drive and exhaling plenty of air each time you get through another trap.

Twelve km out there is a right hand turn into a lesser road! One hundred meters on we have lost all traction and our 4WD is sliding all over the road. Within sight – further oceans of water. At this point we decide that the risk and the lack of traction for meaningful forward movement requires a change in plan. With extreme difficulties we manage to turn the vehicle around and make our way back to the last junction. There is another church just 2 km up the main dirt road so with further side angle slides we make it to the village of Kikanda.16 km had taken 1½ hours.

We weren’t expected by this church but on arrival found many had already arrived at the church and their group of 50 children were sitting under a mango tree, waiting. We were warmly welcomed and immediately engaged as today’s preachers. If you can imagine your stereo wound up to near max this is what you get when the choir burst to life. The unsuspecting European could be alarmed by this sudden acceleration of noise and movement.

Add to this the 3 nursing mothers in the front row of the choir whose babies when not feeding were crying or crawling around the pulpit. It was with some regret that one of these dear children produced a puddle right at the speakers standing position. By the time I stood to speak some of the offending material had evaporated in the intense heat.

Great participation was encountered as the message was delivered as mostly the women produced wonderful answers to the preacher’s questions. It’s good to get to churches like this.

Then a search party of two men appeared on bikes from the village of our original destination. Now bathed in sweat from their 10 km ride and pleading that we try another bush track! Food had been prepared, everyone was waiting! We had no option but to reschedule for the dry season.

After the service a meal of beans, rice & fish followed, during which we watched the gathering storm clouds with concern. We made our retreat, just beating the rains. As we entered the city limits the skies opened up.

Population: 70 million
Capital: Kinshasa
Area: 2.3 million Sq Km
% Urban/Rural Divide: 35/65
Average Age: 17.5
Life Expectancy: 53

Main Languages: French
Main Religions: Christian, Islam, Traditional
GDP ($ per capita –world Avg=$16,000): 816
Main Economic Activity: Natural Resources, Agriculture