Potentially Africa’s richest country, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered merciless exploitation and conflict over its vast resources of timber, minerals, oil and gas. In 1997, DRC plunged into a many-sided war, at one point involving armies of six African nations. By 2002, more than 4 million people had died: the deadliest conflict since the Second World War.
Lack of access to safe water, sanitation and healthcare is compounded by humidity and high rainfall - an ideal breeding ground for epidemics.
Tearfund’s Disaster Management Team began work in South Kivu by raising awareness about the benefits of sanitation and hygiene. They then distributed tools to groups of households, to enable them to work together to dig a pit and build their own latrine. The Disaster Management Team also distributed hand-washing buckets. Thousands of latrines have been built by the community working together, as the area didn’t have any toilets before the project began.
In March 2012 the Ness Bank Lent Appeal focused on the effects of clean water and good sanitation - things we just take for granted. It was decided our annual appeal would support Tearfund in their efforts to provide latrines and the generosity of our congregation meant that five latrines were provided. In our toilets we are thrilled to have certificates showing our support to the communities of
South Kiva, Democratic Republic of Congo (2)
Mirpur Khas, Pakistan (1)
Rutana Province, Burundi (1)
Dumri Katsari, Bihar, India (1)
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