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Poverty Relief

United Nations members states adopted 17 goals International Development agenda in 2015 so as to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospect of everyone.

In line with these goals, Protect Project will be embarking on international project work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Protect Project’s Poverty Relief Project work in the Democratic Republic of Congo will work on three of the UN’s SDG targets, Goals 4, 5 and 6.

Goal 4 - Quality Education 

Protect Project will ensure there is inclusive and quality education for all in DRC and will promote lifelong learning.

Why?

Over the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education and school enrolment rates at all levels, particularly for girls. Nevertheless, about 258 million children and youth were still out of school. So it is important for everyone to access education as it;

  1. Enables upward socioeconomic mobility which is a key to escaping poverty.
  2. Helps reduce inequalities and as well as gender equality which is also crucial to fostering tolerance and more peaceful societies.

Goal 5 - Gender Equality

To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Why?

Disadvantages in education translate into lack of access to skills and limited opportunities in the labour market.

Women’s and girls’ empowerment is essential to expand economic growth and promote social development. The full participation of women in labour forces would add percentage points to most national growth rates and double digits in many cases.

Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

To ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all.

Why?

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right. 

The demand for water has outpaced population growth, and half the world’s population is already experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month a year. 

2.2 billion people around the world still lack safely managed drinking water, including 785 million without basic drinking  water 

Water is essential not only to health, but also to poverty reduction, food security, peace and human rights, ecosystems and education. Nevertheless, countries face growing challenges linked to water scarcity, water pollution, degraded water- related ecosystems and cooperation over transboundary water basins. 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the African continent’s second largest country, and shares borders with nine other countries.  Although the DRC is enormously rich in natural resource such as gold, copper, cobalt and uranium, and approximately 34 percent of its territory is fertile, arable land, it is in fact extremely impoverished, with 70% of the population living under the poverty line, and the extreme poverty rate in DRC was at 73% in 2018, one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. (World Bank Group).