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CongoAction is a British charity working in Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo Action is offering support in the development of education, training and the relief of poverty in Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our mission is to help the people of Congo help themselves by offering resources that they can use to improve the quality of their lives.
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Email: congoaction@hotmail.com

Mobile: 07874 751758

Charity Address:
Congo Action
13 Upper Fant Road
Maidstone
ME16 8BP

Reg. Charity No: 1088833

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Covid Vaccine in Congo
According to BBC news, vaccine for Covid-19 is not being taken much by people in DRC Congo. In Goma, North Kivu, the UNICEF is having very few candidates for the vaccine . People believe false rumours circulating that the vaccine is fake, or have concerns about blood clots, or that it will make them sterile.

Only 5000 people have been vaccinated out of a population of nearly 90 million. People feel that Covid is less of a threat than many other diseases, like Ebola or measles, or merciful killings from rebel armies. As a consequence, the huge number of vaccines given to DRC will have to be circulated to other African countries, before their expiry date.
Welcome to our New Partners

Congo Action and WTC Congo have joined hands to work in partnership with "ACTION MBAZI", a non profit registered association aiming to help children and their communities.
 
 
Action Mbazi is a charitable organisation based in Douai, Northern France, having similar aims and philosophy as Congo Action. and WTC Congo. Their current project is the rebuilding of a delapidated school in a remote village in "Kongo Central" called " Tshimpondo (Western side of Congo) to enable primary school age children to learn in a much safer environment.

 
Their goal is to raise 14500 Euros to rebuild six classrooms, so please visit their facebook page  (Action Mbazi)to help them in any way you can. Our own experience has shown us that supporting a school and enabling children to progress, is a very effective way to combat poverty  and work towards self independence.
Disabled Group
We continue to work with disabled people, but no longer via Pere Andre, as he left the DRC to retire in Belgium some 5 years ago. Click here for up to date information on the Disabled Group.
We Have a Field!
With donations received from our friends and supporters, Congo Action has purchased a field for the benefit of Kavumba school. The land is currently under cultivation and also has the benefit of being planted with several banana trees.  We are confident that this new project will benefit the teachers and the school by providing them with a small income, hence more economic independence. It is a practical and achievable solution to gain revenues, in an area where people already have plenty of agricultural skills and knowledge.
 Thank you to all of you people for continuing to help and encourage us in our work.


Good News
for all our supporters
Our Kavumba primary school re-opened in mid-October after lock down since March. There are no known cases of Covid 19, neither at the school, not in the area, possibly thanks to the remoteness of the place, and very few visitors to the South Kivu region. All is well, and the children are eager to learn.
 
On their behalf, we renew our thanks to everyone who continue to support this worthwhile project.






Treasurer Departure


Pat Phipps has been Congo Action treasurer for the past 7 years. During that time, she has seen us through numerous projects: micro-credit finances, sewing projects, goat breeding projects, and the most challenging of all being the rebuilding of Kavumba school over a two years period. Pat has proved to be a formidable asset, always carrying the work out with great professional standards, and thanks to her diligent work and great eye for figures, we have achieved such a great deal!

We are pleased to share with you the good news of Pat's wedding to Julian, on the 3rd of March (photo) . The event raised contributions of £776, donated to congo Action. We will use this money for the purchase of a field for cultivation, a project which will go some way to ensuring some income for the teachers, and also involve the children in good cultivation practices.

Our thank you go to Pat & Julian for their wonderful contribution, and best wishes for the future.
Coronavirus in DRC
So far, the main site of infection is in Kinshasa, 3000Kms away from Bukavu, where we have our projects.. Vital Kulimushi, our main partner in Bukavu, has informed us that all the schools are closed, including of course our school in Kavumba. The travelling to and from the main town of Bukavu is restricted to people with a car, and with serious reasons to travel.
 

Kamembe airport, in nearby Rwanda is closed, and so are all the borders . It is difficult, if not nearly impossible to get basic supplies as all markets and shops are closed. People have to rely on agricultural products coming from inland, but transport is notoriously difficult, and of course this creates a further risk of infection.
 
 
On the positive side, The DRC managed to control the Ebola outbreak, so is better informed to face this new calamity.
Bukavu April 2020
A view of the main street in Bukavu, Kivu during the coronavirus pandemic. It is normally busling with people and vehicles.
Our Finished School!