Cooperation programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The cooperation programme groups together all Mission 21's projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and orients them towards a common objective. This enhances the impact of the individual projects. By donating to the cooperation programme, you will make it possible for your donation to go to those projects in the DR Congo where money is most urgently needed. This avoids over- or under-financing.
Due to its history as a mission organisation, Mission 21 has close ties with the Kwango region in the south-west of the DR Congo. This was where the first missionary stations of the Evangelical Mission in the Kwango (EMIK) were set up: nowadays, EMIK is one of Mission 21's three supporting associations. The region's population live almost entirely from simple agriculture. They mainly cultivate manioc and groundnuts, but also vegetables and fruit. Most of the villages have one or more very clean wells or springs from which the women and children fetch water.
But in many respects, the Kwango is a poorly supplied region and is neglected by the government. There are few opportunities for education. Many people are barely able to write their own names. After a brief education at primary school, many of them revert to virtual illiteracy. For months, the villages are more or less cut off from the outside world because the rain makes the poor single-track sand trails impassable. This makes it especially difficult to obtain access to adequate healthcare. During the rainy season, only a few traders drive their trucks into the Kwango. However, the region's isolation has also benefited it. The Kwango has been – and still is – spared from the ravages of war that afflict the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.