Where We Work
Our current project is taking place in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
The Situation in DRC:
- Extreme poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition are widespread.
- Up to 95% of the population earn less than $2 a day.
- One in seven children dies before reaching the age of five.
- Nearly one quarter of children are underweight. Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are responsible for nearly half of deaths among children under age five.
- More than 6.5 million people experience food insecurity (UN World Food Program).
- Vaccination rates for the most common childhood diseases are only 45%.
- There are over 4 million orphaned children in the country.
- More than 4.4 million children (nearly half the school-age population) are not in school. This number includes 2.5 million girls and 400,000 displaced children.
- Recent declines in foreign aid to support humanitarian assistance, combined with low levels of government spending on socio-economic sectors (education, health, sanitation, infrastructure and agriculture) is likely to further undermine food security and nutrition in DRC.
Phase I: COMPLETE
- Identify orphanages to support.
- Network/partner with University of Kinshasa, UN FAO, community leaders, and local nonprofits, businesses and contractors.
- Develop plans for primary farm and satellite facilities within orphanages.
- Identify land for main farm and satellite facilities.
Phase II: IN PROGRESS
- Begin building agricultural infrastructure (i.e. water and irrigation, solar power, insect/livestock housing).
- Hire farm manager(s) to oversee insect cultivation program.
- Identify youth with interest in insect cultivation, livestock management and agriculture.
- Begin insect farming.
- Begin insect farming training program through University of Kinshasa.
- Project management and capacity building.