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Christian Aid and World Food Programme in DRC

Published on 14 December 2021

About our work in Kasai province

Kasai province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced periods of conflict since 2016 that have displaced thousands of people and disrupted essential services.

In 2016, tensions between militia groups and the government sparked violence across Kasai province, which extended to wider, ongoing conflict in the state and a deepening humanitarian crisis.

Currently Christian Aid are working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to support 138,714 vulnerable people with food and nutritional security in Kasai, Kwilu and Kwango provinces.
 

People wait to be called forward to receive cash support as part of Christian Aid and World Food Programme's cash distribution in Kasai province, while been given information about safe use of funds and nutritional advise.

Destin Mushakuli/Christian Aid

People wait to be called forward to receive cash support as part of Christian Aid and World Food Programme's cash distribution in Kasai province. They are also given information about the safe use of funds, and nutritional advice.

Supporting Marie and her family

Marie, 68, from Kasai province, cares for her two grandsons. She received cash assistance over four monthly payments as part of our cash distribution programme.

Of the challenges she and her family have been facing, Marie said: 'We have experienced very difficult times. Finding food is difficult, but also clothes and other basic needs.

We eat with difficulty, my grandsons were driven out of school because they were lacking clothing, our hut was washed away by the rain, and it is difficult to get treatment when we get sick. Above all, the uncertainty of the future is our big worry.

- Marie.

Marie 68, holding the cash she received as part of Christian Aid and World Food Programme’s cash distribution response.

Marie 68, holding the cash she received as part of Christian Aid and World Food Programme’s cash ...Destin Mushakuli/Christian Aid

Shifting the power to the people

Now able to buy clothes for the family and a goat, Marie says this is the first time she has received cash support like this.

Cash distribution in challenging contexts such as Kasai province gives people like Marie the dignity and control to buy the things they need most. It shifts the power from agencies to people themselves.

We're supporting vulnerable people like Marie, including people who have been displaced, returnees from Angola, and resident populations affected by food insecurity in the region.

This assistance gave me hope to survive again. Without it I may already be dead due to the suffering that I have gone through with my two grandsons. Thanks to this I can eat well, have hot tea with milk, and buy a piece of meat or fish.

- Marie.

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