Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

In Congo three-quarters of the population are seriously undernourished, as food shortages take their toll. Major diseases including cholera, malaria and typhoid fever affect the lives of many. On the United Nations Development Index, Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked as one of the least developed countries in the world.


Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Children in Democratic Republic of Congo can face terrible trauma. In certain regions, recruitment into armed gangs is a possibility; the number of child soldiers in the DRC is amongst the highest in Africa.

Malnutrition in children is high and leads to many child deaths. The under-five-mortality rate is 150 per 1,000 births. Almost one in five children do not live beyond the age of five.

The health infrastructure is well below the required standards to care for children in the country. Democratic Republic of Congo is lacking in all healthcare areas, which is leading to preventable child deaths and severe development problems for many children lucky enough to survive.

Our Children's Villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo


We began working in the former Zaire in 1989 with the opening of the SOS Children's Village in Bukavu on the shores of Lake Kivu in the east of the country. It is the eastern DRC that has witnessed most of the violence since 1996. The Village has 15 family houses which are home to 150 children.


Family homes were provided for 150 children whose parents had been killed in the fighting. As in Bukavu, there is an SOS Nursery for 75 children, an SOS Primary School for 210 pupils, and an SOS Medical Centre for over 2,000 patients a year, and an SOS Family Strengthening Programme for 400 AIDS affected children and their families.


To support children in and around the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, we opened DRC's third SOS Children's Village in 2011. SOS Children’s Village Kinshasa has 15 family houses for 150 orphaned or abandoned children, an SOS Nursery School for 75 little children, an SOS Primary School for 210 students, and an SOS Medical Centre for over 1,000 patients a year.

Local Contact

SOS Villages d’Enfants RD Congo

Att [name of sponsored child]
BP 1988 Bukavu via 284 Cyangugu
Avenue Lundula No. 17
Democratic Republic of Congo

Tel: +243 (0) 813 186 244, +243 (0) 999 792 787


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