15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga (pictured with her family). DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga (pictured with her family). DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga (pictured with her family). DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville

Philanthropic Circle

Transforming lives through the Graduation Programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Philanthropic Circle
Transforming lives through the Graduation Programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Becoming a member of Concern’s Philanthropic Circle is about more than a donation, but rather an investment, which helps change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people for good. The Circle collectively raises funds to support our programmes with a minimum commitment of three years. 

Supporting families in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Circle is currently funding our Graduation Programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country which ranks 179 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (2019). Decades of conflict have exacerbated levels of food insecurity and displacement, resulting in 77% of the population living in poverty, 43% of children under five are malnourished, and 67% of rural populations unable to access safe drinking water.

The Graduation model is an innovative approach to addressing such extreme poverty.  It works by accurately targeting extremely poor households and delivering a comprehensive package of support including regular financial support, training, coaching, savings support and a start-up grant on completion of the programme.

The Graduation Programme in DRC works with communities to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities and to promote positive hygiene practices to reduce vulnerability to water-borne diseases and health-related shocks. By working alongside community leaders, the programme also works to address issues of gender inequalities that continue to lead to discrimination against women and girls.

The aim is to sustainably lift households out of extreme poverty by equipping participants with diversified livelihood options and increased resilience to lifecycle shocks and stresses.

Yumba Kalofando Banjamin, a previous Graduation Programme participant in Manono, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville
Yumba Kalofando Banjamin, a previous Graduation Programme participant in Manono, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville
Charlotte, a widow and mother of seven, has been chosen to participate in the Graduation Programme in DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville
Charlotte, a widow and mother of seven, has been chosen to participate in the Graduation Programme in DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville
Liliana says the new water point has had a very positive impact on family life. Photo: Kieran McConville
Liliana says the new water point has had a very positive impact on family life. Photo: Kieran McConville
The home of Mbuya Reagan and his wife, Banze Therese. They are benefiting from Concern's graduation programme. Photo: Kieran McConville
The home of Mbuya Reagan and his wife, Banze Therese. They are benefiting from Concern's graduation programme. Photo: Kieran McConville

Tackling entrenched, extreme poverty is challenging - but it is possible.  By joining the Concern Philanthropic Circle, you join a group of people, who together, fund programmes that have a real and lasting impact on the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

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