In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mission 21 supports the population with numerous projects aimed at improving education and healthcare. Great emphasis is also placed on food sovereignty. Mission 21's commitment focuses mainly on Kwango Province in the south-west of the DR Congo, with further projects located in Kinshasa (the capital city).
Improving healthcare for the rural population
Kwango Province, where Mission 21 carries out its work, is exceptionally remote and is of no economic importance to the state. People here feel that they have been abandoned to their fate, and large numbers of them emigrate to the poor districts of Kinshasa. There are no resources to build or maintain roads. Depending on the season and the condition of the roads, walking is the only way of getting around. This can have serious consequences in medical emergencies.
Hospitals and health centres
Mission 21 is endeavouring to improve basic healthcare in the Kwango region. Our main partner organisation in the DR Congo is the Kwango Evangelical Community (Communauté Évangelique du Kwango – CEK). This church has set up a network of 20 healthcare facilities in the Kwango region. The network comprises three hospitals, six health centres and eleven outpatient clinics.
Improving nutrition and income
Mission 21 also supports its partner church's projects that focus on food sovereignty. These projects aim to enable the rural population to benefit from healthy nutrition and earn an additional income. Practice-oriented courses on agriculture, nutrition and the environment provide the farmers with the specialist knowledge they need to achieve these goals.
Focus on education
Educational support is targeted at women and young people in particular. In many regions, the primary education system only functions thanks to the initiatives of churches such as the CEK. Mission 21's partner church runs 96 primary schools and 52 secondary schools in Kwango Province and in the city of Kinshasa. It is also involved in building and maintaining schools.
Our partner church CEK has about 40'000 members and is committed to a more dignified life in the province of Kwango and in the poor districts of Kinshasa. The small non-governmental organisation ACCOJED is committed to helping children and young people at risk in one of Kinshasa's neighbourhoods and the state-recognised Protestant University UPC provides a sound theological education.
The constant exchange and cooperation with the partner organisations and project managers ensure that the projects meet the needs of the local people. With Jules Tsengele, Mission 21 has a coordinator who is very well established locally and who supervises the projects in the DRC.