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Democratic Republic of Congo
Caritas Congo ASBL

The technical department of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Caritas Congo was established in 1960 and has had a legal personality since 1964. In accordance with its vision of a united and responsible Congolese society that is able to take care of itself, it sets about the task of “increasing, through reflection and action, the effectiveness of the Church’s contribution to efforts aimed at the integral promotion of the human person and community, with no exceptions, in accordance with the Social Teaching of the Church…”.

Caritas Congo operates in a country where 70 percent of the population suffers from poverty and the average per capita income is estimated at 220 USD (2012) and life expectancy at 48 years, despite the country’s vast natural resources.

Moreover, the government is struggling against armed groups, both Congolese and foreign, which have been responsible for many human rights violations and the displacement of 2.63 million people (end of January 2013) in the east of the country.

Caritas Congo also carries out various actions, primarily centred on its main areas of intervention, namely emergencies, healthcare, sustainable development and capacity building. In 2012, for example, these actions benefited more than 5,044,331 people who were assisted, cared for, supervised and trained in various ways.

Caritas Congo benefits from the support of various partners, including the Caritas network and the CIDSE group. At local level, partners include government ministries and development agencies, United Nations organisations, pooled funds, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Union, the Department for International Development (DFID), and other bilateral and multilateral partners such as the Global Fund.

In terms of organisation, Caritas Congo includes a national coordinating body called the Executive Secretariat, 47 Diocesan Offices, 1,500 Parish Offices and more than 10,000 volunteers.

The Executive Secretariat, consisting of 131 staff with various types of expertise, coordinates all the activities of the diocesan Caritas and their representation, capacity building and advocacy, as well as mobilisation of resources and promotion of responsible partnership.

Caritas Updates from Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Congo bishop urges peace:  “In the name of God, let us live!”

Congo bishop urges peace: “In the name of God, let us live!”

  • 28 August 2013
Bishop Theophile Kaboy of Goma has condemned the violence sweeping the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Kaboy says called for an end to “the vicious circle of violence” and pleaded “in the name of God , let us live!”
  • Goma sees yet more fighting in troubled Congo

Goma sees yet more fighting in troubled Congo

  • 23 August 2013
Goma in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was shelled again this week despite the UN peacekeeping force (MONSUCO) putting a security perimeter around the city.
  • Caritas helping those forced to flee in Congo

Caritas helping those forced to flee in Congo

  • 23 May 2013
Fighting near Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's largest city, has killed at least 20 people since Monday and ended an uneasy six-month calm between the army and fighters from the M23 rebel group.