The root of the problem
Hidden behind the plight of the homeless dying on the streets, on train station platforms and in cities is a combination of social, cultural and economic conditions.
The most common diseases affecting this population are tuberculosis, typhoid, cholera, malaria, leprosy, malnutrition, respiratory infections, nervous breakdowns and mental illness.
The persons with any of the aforementioned diseases must leave their families for the following reasons:
We have an onsite local team mandated to search specific places to rescue people with no more strength left and provide them with the necessary help according to their individual physical condition.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the third largest country in Africa with an estimated population of 68 million people. The areas of concern are health, poverty and inequality.
The infant mortality rate is approximately 20% and life expectancy is under 45 years of age, taking into account that access to basic health services is less than 26%.
Some of the illnesses found in the DRC are, amongst others, trypanosomiasis, better known as the sleeping disease contracted from the tsetse fly, malaria, gastric and intestinal parasites, skin diseases, dehydration, etc. Leprosy and pestilence have resurfaced in the last few years in addition to HIV/AIDS which affect more than 4% of the population aged between 15 and 49.
Another scourge assailing the Congolese community is malnutrition which affects between 30 and 50% of women and children, mostly in rural areas, but as well in Kinshasa. More than 16 million people live with nutritional insecurity.
One of Share and Care’s objectives is to help those vulnerable groups such as orphans, warlock children, unschooled children as well as people lacking in care and nourishment.
Poverty and inequality
The Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world, with very evident inequality despite its multiple and diverse riches. Human Right violations, particularly with children and women, have very serious repercussions. Still today, 80% of the population lives below the rate of poverty set at 2$ per day. Close to 44% of women and 22% of men have no revenue whatsoever.
Despite the fact that public financing for education is nearly non-existent, the Congolese education system has continued to strive and this is thanks to financial contributions made directly by families able to do so. It goes without saying that in rural areas, bearing in mind the poverty that reigns there, less than 45% of children are schooled. However, for as low as 300$ US a year, a Congolese child can be educated (including boarding school).
We have local teams onsite, one being the Congolese Congregation of Nuns of Mary in Kwango who take care of educating children. The prefect, Sister Philomène Kitanu, watches over them like a mother watches over her children.