Here is a glimpse into what NCA has been able to do in DRC in 2020.
In the DRC, NCA works in the areas of emergency and development through Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) programs focused on climate resilience, programs to fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
NCA in DR Congo works in the provinces of North and South Kivu. As an ecumenical diaconal organisation for global justice with a mandate in localization, NCA works in the capacity building of civil society actors in a partnership approach.
Thanks to the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NCA in April 2020 was able to contribute to the implementation of sanitation packages (2 shower doors, two latrine doors, incinerator, placenta and ash pits) in two health centers in Kalonge in South Kivu.
This NCA project in Kalonge has enabled more than 3,000 people (mostly displaced persons and host families victims of armed conflicts) to have access to drinking water thanks to the installation of 2 sources and 4 standpipes in 10 villages of the health zone.
In the same area of Kalonge, with the financial support of the Swiss Cooperation, NCA also facilitated access to care for 200 survivors of SGBV by setting up appropriate health services, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration.
With the support of the Humanitarian Fund in the DRC, NCA is also leading a WASH assistance project for communities affected by epidemics and natural disasters in the Ruzizi health zone in the territory of Uvira in South Kivu.
Through this project, NCA is implementing rehabilitation works on Kigurwe water supply systems damaged by heavy rains. In addition, construction works for sanitation infrastructure in cholera treatment centers, construction of minimum sanitation packages in Rusabagi health centers and Sucki Hospital are underway.
To prevent outbreaks of cholera while waiting for the establishment of proper WASH infrastructure, NCA distributed nearly 1,550 liters of chlorine. NCA also installed 35 hand washing points in the hot spots of the Ruzizi plain, including markets, village entry points and other public places.
With the financial support of UNICEF, NCA is implementing a project to Strengthen Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures in 125 health facilities in South Kivu in response to COVID-19.
Thanks to this project, to date, more than 86 health facilities have had access to personal protective equipment and IPC Kits, more than 570 care providers have been trained on IPC and more than 1156 community workers have already been trained on community mobilization techniques during COVID19.
Despite the challenges related to security and physical accessibility in North Kivu, NCA is implementing, with funding from Swiss cooperation, a project to assist victims of SGBV in the Bambo health zone.
Thanks to this project, 51 survivors of sexual violence received medical care, 342 sensitization sessions were carried out by community relays and 571 home visits were carried out by psychosocial agents.
With the TAMAR campaign approach, more than 5,000 members of different religious denominations from six localities of Bambo have been sensitized on the prevention of GBV.
NCA is also active in the high and medium plateaus of Uvira and Fizi with financial support from NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) and NMFA. Since November 2020, NCA has been leading a project to protect vulnerable groups during the COVID19 pandemic through the delivery of vital and specialized services on SGBV and WASH. With this project, NCA has developed 16 springs and 4 standpipes as an extension of the Katogota water network in the Bijombo and Lemera areas.
In the Bijombo area, 4 listening houses were set up. NCA also facilitated access to holistic services to 10 survivors of sexual violence and distributed more than 100 hygiene kits to adolescent girls and women of childbearing age.
Thank you to our wonderful team in DRC that worked hard to make these results a reality last year!