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Projects in D.R. Congo
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D.R. Congo About 70 million people live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital is Kinshasa. French is the official language. 95% of the population is Christian. The country was called Zaire from 1971 to 1997. It is sometimes called Congo-Kinshasa to distinguish it from its neighbour, the "People's Republic of the Congo" (or Congo- Brazzaville).
President Joseph Kabila was recently re-elected, although the fairness of those elections is fiercely disputed. He has been in power since the end of the Second Congo War in 2003, the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, involving nine African nations and killing over 5 million people. Fighting still continues in the east of the country, where over 1,000 people a day are killed and prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world. Read more...
Economy: D.R. Congo is, by almost any ranking, the poorest country on earth, with a 2012 per capita GDP of only $236 and the world’s lowest Human Development Index. The economy relies heavily on mining, especially cobalt, coltan, copper and diamonds. In fact, Congo is the richest country in the world in terms of natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth more than US$ 24 trillion. Its mining sector was thriving in the 60s, but two devastating wars have destroyed national output, increased foreign debt and scared away foreign investments. Furthermore, Congo is perceived to be among the twenty most corrupt countries in the world.
Health: Life expectancy at birth is 48 years, among the lowest in the world. Congo has the world's second-highest rate of infant mortality. Malnutrition affects approximately two thirds of the country's population.
Education: In 2010 the literacy rate was 77% for males and 57% for females. Primary education is free and compulsory. Actual school attendance was estimated at 65% in 2000. As a result of the 6-year civil war, over 5.2 million children in the country receive no education.
Nature: D.R. Congo is the most bio-diverse country in Africa. It possesses 50 percent of Africa's forests. Its rainforests contain many rare and endemic species. Five of the country's national parks are listed as World Heritage Sites. The civil war and resultant poor economic conditions have endangered most of this biodiversity. Park wardens left or were killed. Congo has become the centre of the so-called "bush meat" problem, poaching wild animals for their meat. Many poor have become dependent on this unsustainable source of food and income. Hunters go deeper and deeper into the wilderness, also facilitated by extensive logging. Species are dying out, habitats are disappearing. Deforestation is accelerating.
Fauna and Flora International

NATUUR Community-led Nature Reserves, Lubutu, Mukingiti and Kingombe, 2018-2021
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world's oldest conservation organisation, founded in 1903. FFI is... more
Greenpeace

NATUUR Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, 2018-2021
Greenpeace wants to halt logging in the Congo basin, and sees community forestry as a sustainable alternative to... more
Children in Crisis

ONDERWIJS Good education for all, South Kivu plateau region, 2016-2019
Children in Crisis (CIC) is a British NGO aiming to give children in some of the world's poorest countries education.... more
Greenpeace

NATUUR Community forestry in the Equateur province, DR Congo, 2016-2018
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation deeply committed to forest protection. Greenpeace is... more
Edukans

ONDERWIJS Effective teachers for better learning results, Kinshasa district, 2018-2021
Edukans is a Dutch development organisation founded in 2002 and specialised in education for... more
Edukans

ONDERWIJS 'Active learning and teaching' at twelve primary schools and three teacher training colleges, Kinshasa, 2015-2018
Edukans is a Dutch development organisation dedicated to education.... more
ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg

ONDERWIJS Agro-vocational Training in Cassave processing, Margibi, Boni, Nimba and Montserrado, Liberia, 2018-2020
ZOA provides support during reconstruction in areas where a disaster or... more
ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg

ONDERWIJS Accelerated primary education, Fizi district, South Kivu, 2014-2017
ZOA supports people who suffer because of armed conflict or natural disasters, in helping them to rebuild their... more
War Child International

ONDERWIJS 'Good schools, safe schools', Walungu, 2016-2017
War Child aims to make a positive and lasting change to the lives of children and young people in conflict zones by promoting... more
War Child International

ONDERWIJS Improvement of educational quality at 8 schools, Kalehe, Kabare en Walungu, 2012-2015
War Child is devoted to giving children who have experienced war a peaceful future. War Child... more
Greenpeace

NATUUR 'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, 2015
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation dedicated to protecting nature through research,... more
Sympany

ONDERWIJS Vocational training for women in Kinshasha, 2012-2015
Sympany (formerly known as "Humana") is one of the largest clothing collectors of the Netherlands. Using the proceeds from the... more
Christian Aid DRC

ONDERWIJS Vocational training for girls, Kimpoko-Nsele Commune, Kinshasa, 2014-2015
Christian Aid and the local NGO Fraternité Père Maurice D'Hoore are setting up a training centre in... more
Congodorpen

ONDERWIJS Improvement of primary and vocational education, Equatorial Province, 2011-2013
Congodorpen wants to contribute to recovering and setting up education in the north of the Equatorial... more
Congodorpen

NATUUR Reforestation and sustainable management of ecosystems in the Kwilu district, 2011-2013
Congodorpen (formerly known as CDI Bwamanda) is a Belgian NGO dedicated to education and... more
Tosangana

ONDERWIJS Development of school in Kinshasa, 2013-2014
The Dutch Tosangana Foundation was founded by and for Congolese women. In collaboration with local organisations Anomes and Les... more
Save the Children Nederland

ONDERWIJS School furniture for 16 schools in Lubero, 2011-2013
In the Lubero region in North Kivu, D.R. Congo, Save the Children is carrying out a five-year programme focused on creating... more
Bambale

ONDERWIJS Equipping information centre in Inkisi-Kisanu, 2012-2013
The Bambale Foundation is focused on education, agriculture, and healthcare in D.R. Congo. In Inkisi-Kisantu, Bambale wants... more
Tools To Work

ONDERWIJS Vocational Training and job creation in Kinshasha, Uvira and Bandundu-Ville, 2012-2013
Tools to Work offers young people work experience by involving them in the repairing of goods... more
Children in Crisis

ONDERWIJS Teacher training in South Kivu, 2010-2012
Children in Crisis is a British NGO that works on educational projects in post-conflict zones such as D.R. Congo, Sierra Leone and... more
ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg

ONDERWIJS Programme for tutoring teenagers in South Kivu, 2010-2013
ZOA Refugee Care wants to offer primary education in 3 years to youths from returnee families who missed one or more years... more
War Child International

ONDERWIJS Better access to education for vulnerable children, Bukavu and Walungu, 2010-2011
In South Kivu, War Child strives for better access to education for vulnerable children. D.R. Congo... more
Focus on Education

ONDERWIJS Construction of a medical school in Kiliba, 2010-2011
Focus on Education, in association with the local NGO Fondation Chirezi, wants to set up an intermediate vocational school for... more
Bambale

ONDERWIJS Renovation and expansion of vocational training center, Kisantu 2010-2011
The Bambale Foundation focuses on education, agriculture and health in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In... more
Congodorpen

ONDERWIJS Improvement of primary and vocational education, Equatorial Province, 2010
Congodorpen contributes to the recovery and building up of education in the Equatorial Province, D.R.... more
Liliane Fonds

ONDERWIJS Educational projects Liliane Foundation 2009
The Liliane Foundation provides direct, small-scale and tailor-made help to handicapped children in... more
Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation

ONDERWIJS Construction of an ecological school in Sinia, 2009-2011
The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation protects animals threatened with extinction. One of its projects is the establishment of a... more
Read To Grow

ONDERWIJS School Books for Developing Countries, 2007-2008
The Read to Grow Foundation collects second-hand recreational and school books and sends them to village schools in developing countries... more
Bambale

ONDERWIJS Construction and equipment of a primary school, Kisantu, 2008-2009
The Bambale Foundation focuses on education, agriculture and health care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The foundation is now building durable educational facilities... more
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Recent history of D.R. Congo
    The country achieved independence form Belgium in 1960. Soon after, Joseph Mobutu of the new Congo army (the ANC) staged a military coup, supported by the USA and Belgium (who preferred his anti-communism). Mobutu established a one-party system and in 1965 declared himself head of state. He periodically held elections in which he was the only candidate.
    Mobutu's government was guilty of severe human rights violations, political repression and corruption. Mobutu started a personality cult, putting his likeness on every Congolese banknote, his portrait on billboards and in most public and business buildings. It was common for ordinary people to wear his likeness on their clothing. He renamed the country (several times), the capital, several major cities, and the Congo River. He changed his own name to "Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga" ("the all powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, shall go from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake")
    Gross corruption, theft and mismanagement became widely prevalent. Zaire (as Mobutu had renamed the country in 1971) became a "kleptocracy". Over a period of 20 years Mobutu managed to gather 4 billion dollars in his personal Swiss bank account, diverting both international aid and government funds, while Zaire’s roads and infrastructure deteriorated to almost nothing.
    The West kept supporting Mobutu until the Soviet Union disappeared in the late 80s and he lost his use as a cold war ally. Demands for reforms within Zaire then became louder and louder. In 1990, Mobutu started declaring cosmetic reforms, but the economy continued to collapse.
    By 1996, the Hutu/Tutsi conflict raging in Rwanda started spilling over into eastern Zaire. Rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila, aided by Rwandan and Ugandan armies, overthrew the government in 1997. Mobutu fled the country. Kabila named himself President and changed the name of the country back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When he tried to get the Rwandan and Ugandan forces out of his country again, Rwandan troops launched a Tutsi rebel movement, while Ugandan troops created a "liberation movement", to attack Kabila’s army. In Kabila’s defence, Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia became involved. It became the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, killing 5.4 million people.
    After several years of devastating war, Kabila was assassinated in 2001. His son Joseph Kabila took over the Presidency and a peace deal was brokered. After some false starts, Kabila signed a peace accord in 2003 to share power with the former rebels. By June 2003 all foreign armies except those of Rwanda had pulled out of Congo. However, even today fighting continues in the east of the country, where over 1,000 people a day are killed and prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world.
    D R Congo had a transitional government until the elections of 2006. Joseph Kabila won, but the disputed result led to heavy fighting in the streets. He was re-elected in 2011, although once again the results are fiercely disputed.


Project details

Fauna and Flora International Community-led Nature Reserves, Lubutu, Mukingiti and Kingombe, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world's oldest conservation organisation, founded in 1903. FFI is active in 47 countries, including D.R. Congo since 2003. Since 2012, FFI has been collaborating with local communities to manage the REGOLU (Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu) and REGOMUKI (Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe) natural parks. FFI's work in this region has been successful so far. With this project, Fauna & Flora wants to safeguard the results that have been achieved, extend the protected area and help the local population with an alternative way of life to reduce the pressure on the nature reserves. The current patrol teams are being expanded and trained to effectively monitor biodiversity, and new areas are being investigated where FFI can expand its work. FFI also promotes agroforestry, teaching farmers better agricultural techniques and how to derive more income from non-wood products.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €165,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2018)

Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu (REGOLU) and Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe (REGOMUKI), D.R. Congo
Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu (REGOLU) and Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe (REGOMUKI), D.R. Congo



Greenpeace Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Greenpeace wants to halt logging in the Congo basin, and sees community forestry as a sustainable alternative to destructive industrial logging and large-scale agricultural plantations. In the period 2015-2018, Greenpeace supported two village communities in Bikoro and Lisala in obtaining a Community Forestry concession, in order to give the local community land use rights. The Turing Foundation already supported this part of the project with a contribution of €110,000. The process is in full swing and requires continuous political lobbying. Greenpeace is continuing the activities from the period 2015-2018 and is assisting the two communities in the final phase. It is also expanding the project with the addition of a third community. The ultimate aim is to have all three concessions approved with a working management plan which will enable the villages to develop socio-economically without degrading the environment. Greenpeace is drawing attention to this project to show the outside world that community forestry is a feasible and better alternative to industrial logging.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2018)

See also: Greenpeace: other projects

Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo
Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo



Children in Crisis Good education for all, South Kivu plateau region, D.R. Congo, 2016-2019
Children in Crisis (CIC) is a British NGO aiming to give children in some of the world's poorest countries education. CIC works in places where resources are sparse, education is needed for recovery, and it is too remote for others. Children in Crisis has been helping to improve systematically education in the South Kivu plateau region since 2007. Enrolment has subsequently increased by 11% at the 194 schools, and the pass rate has increased by 18%. This project is in its third phase and aims to further improve the quality of education and continue to increase access to education. An important part of this is improving teacher training at 30 secondary schools. This structurally improves the quality of new primary school teachers.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 towards this project, earmarked for improving the quality of education, of which €35,000 in 2018.

See also:
      Children in Crisis: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

Good education for all, Plateau of South Kivu, D.R. Congo
Good education for all, Plateau of South Kivu, D.R. Congo



Greenpeace Community forestry in the Equateur province, DR Congo, 2016-2018
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation deeply committed to forest protection. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020, which means no further decline in our rainforests in the Amazon, South-east Asia and the Congo Basin. Sustainable government management of the Congolese rainforest requires a better alternative to impending industrial logging and large-scale agricultural plantations. Greenpeace considers community forestry a sustainable and viable alternative for the D.R. Congo and is helping a number of communities to obtain a Community Forestry concession over the next few years. This will pave the way for other communities and will increase government and donor support for the upscaling of community forestry.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €100,000 towards this 'Solutions' project in the Congo basin forest programme, of which €20,000 in 2018.

See also: Greenpeace: other projects

Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo
Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo



EdukansBambaleTosangana Effective teachers for better learning results, Kinshasa district, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Edukans is a Dutch development organisation founded in 2002 and specialised in education for underprivileged children. Together with the organisations Bambale and Tosangana, Edukans is introducing its 'Active Teaching and Learning Methodology' to teacher training at 16 secondary schools. The new teachers can apply this improved teaching method when they start working at primary schools. In addition, 192 working teachers at 48 primary schools are being taught this method. The Turing Foundation already supported the first phase of this project with a contribution of € 150,000. Edukans now aims to quadruple the reach.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 75,000 towards this project (of which, € 25,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Edukans: other projects
      Bambale: other projects
      Tosangana: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

Effective teachers for better learning results, Kinshasa district
Effective teachers for better learning results, Kinshasa district



Edukans 'Active learning and teaching' at twelve primary schools and three teacher training colleges, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo, 2015-2018
Edukans is a Dutch development organisation dedicated to education. The organisation has developed a training programme to teach teachers to give lessons in an active way, which increases the pupil's learning outcomes. Edukans is working with the Salvation Army and education NGOs in the D.R.Congo to introduce this teaching method to three teacher training colleges and twelve schools. A total of twelve teacher trainers and forty-eight primary school teachers are being trained to disseminate this method more widely and reach at least 4,000 students. The goal is for the teacher training colleges and NGOs to be able to independently carry out the training programme after three years. From the start the government has been involved, in order to get the method implemented on a national level.

The Turing Foundation is donating €150,000 to this project (about 40% of the total budget), of which €25,000 in 2018.

See also:
      Edukans: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

'Active learning and teaching' at twelve primary schools and three teacher training colleges, Kinshasa
'Active learning and teaching' at twelve primary schools and three teacher training colleges, Kinshasa



ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg Agro-vocational Training in Cassave processing, Margibi, Boni, Nimba and Montserrado, Liberia, 2018-2020
ZOA provides support during reconstruction in areas where a disaster or conflict has occurred until the local population's self-reliance has been restored. The organisation has been operating in Liberia since 2003 in the fields of education, water and sanitation, and food security. This project gives 75 young people a training course and an internship at an agribusiness where they learn how to process cassava into a high-quality product and set up their own business. Seven schools are also being given the ingredients needed to provide school meals to a total of 2,600 pupils daily, which will reduce absenteeism and improve pupils' concentration. The incomes of 120 farmers will be improved because they can sell more cassava and black-eyed beans to the agri-businesses.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 150,000 towards this project (of which, € 50,000 in 2018).

See also:
      ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg: other projects
      Other vocational training projects

Agro-vocational Training in Cassave processing, Margibi, Boni, Nimba and Montserrado, Liberia
Agro-vocational Training in Cassave processing, Margibi, Boni, Nimba and Montserrado, Liberia



ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg Accelerated primary education, Fizi district, South Kivu, D.R. Congo, 2014-2017
ZOA supports people who suffer because of armed conflict or natural disasters, in helping them to rebuild their livelihoods, like in east D.R. Congo. In the Fizi District of D.R. Congo, ZOA enables 960 children between the ages of 10 to 16 years to finish primary school in 3 years. It is a sequel to the successful education programme of 2010-2013 that was already supported by Turing. 3.488 Children too old to enrol within the normal school system, passed their exam and are able to enrol in a junior high school. The positive effects are visible in large parts of the area, but the need is still great in the four location of this project: Sebele, Fizi center Akomba (Katanga) and Mwanbungu (Baraka).

The Turing Foundation contributes €140,000 to this project, which is 50% of the total budget (€20,000 in 2017).

See also: ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg: other projects

Accelerated primary education, Fizi district, South Kivu, D.R. Congo
Accelerated primary education, Fizi district, South Kivu, D.R. Congo



War Child International 'Good schools, safe schools', Walungu, D.R. Congo, 2016-2017
War Child aims to make a positive and lasting change to the lives of children and young people in conflict zones by promoting education, amongst others. In Walungu, in the east of DR Congo, War Child provides 3000 students in six primary schools with a good education in a safe and protective learning environment. A better learning environment reduces absenteeism and fewer children have to repeat year. War Child supports these six schools in their efforts to become what they call 'good schools'. School committees, teachers, students and parents together determine what makes their school a 'good school' and make a concrete action plan to achieve this.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €100,000 to this project (of which, €50,000 in 2017).

See also:
      War Child International: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

'Good schools, safe schools', Walungu, D.R. Congo
'Good schools, safe schools', Walungu, D.R. Congo



War Child International Improvement of educational quality at 8 schools, Kalehe, Kabare en Walungu, D.R. Congo, 2012-2015
War Child is devoted to giving children who have experienced war a peaceful future. War Child wants 3,000 children aged between 11-14 years old in the conflict-ridden district of East Kivu to pass their national exams as soon as possible. To that end, teachers, directors and school inspectors are being trained to improve the quality of education, and schoolbooks and teaching material are being purchased. The organisation will also be setting up child-friendly revenue-generating activities to pay for the children's tuition.

From 2012-2015, the Turing Foundation will be donating a total of € 105,000 to the project.

See also:
      War Child International: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

Improvement of educational quality at 8 schools, Bukavu, Walungu, Kamituga, D.R. Congo
Improvement of educational quality at 8 schools, Bukavu, Walungu, Kamituga, D.R. Congo



Greenpeace 'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, D.R. Congo, 2015
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation dedicated to protecting nature through research, consultation and - if all else fails - action. Greenpeace wants to stop the deforestation of the Congo basin and is working with local organisations to achieve adequate legislation and monitoring. Oil palm plantations are a big threat. Greenpeace promotes appealing, replicable and scalable alternatives which show governments and international donors that it is possible to have economic development without having to cut down virgin forests.

The Turing Foundation donates €30,000 in 2015 for the collection, production and distribution of presentation materials.

See also: Greenpeace: other projects

'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, Cameroon and D.R. Congo
'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, Cameroon and D.R. Congo



SympanyHPP Congo Vocational training for women in Kinshasha, D.R. Congo, 2012-2015
Sympany (formerly known as "Humana") is one of the largest clothing collectors of the Netherlands. Using the proceeds from the clothing sales, the organisation finances projects in (southern) Africa. This specific project is aimed at women in the Kinabwa neighbourhood in Kinshasa's poor municipality Limete. In collaboration with local organisation HPPC, Sympany wants to increase the self-reliance of 675 women through a three-year training programme, consisting of a literacy course and vocational training including an apprenticeship and job coaching to become tailors, beauticians/hairdressers, bakers/pastry cooks, or city gardeners. The programme is partly in its start-up phase. Should implementation be successful, the project's supposed to become a long-term training programme.

The Turing Foundation donates € 75,000 to the project, € 25.000 of which in 2014.

See also: Other vocational training projects

Vocational training for women in Kinshasha, November 2012, D.R. Congo
Vocational training for women in Kinshasha, November 2012, D.R. Congo



Christian Aid DRC Vocational training for girls, Kimpoko-Nsele Commune, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo, 2014-2015
Christian Aid and the local NGO Fraternité Père Maurice D'Hoore are setting up a training centre in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo, so every year 150 underprivileged girls can attend a vocational training programme. The project is part of a more wide-scale programme involving several other partners. Reaching a total of 6,000 girls, it will stimulate the informal educational sector in D.R. Congo. Motivation among the girls is high, because for many it is the only chance for a better future.

In 2014, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 40,000 for the construction and furnishing of the training centre.

See also:
      Christian Aid DRC: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects

Vocational Training for girls - in progress, Nsele Commune, Kinshasa, 2014
Vocational Training for girls - in progress, Nsele Commune, Kinshasa, 2014



Congodorpen Improvement of primary and vocational education, Equatorial Province, D.R. Congo, 2011-2013
Congodorpen wants to contribute to recovering and setting up education in the north of the Equatorial Province, D.R. Congo. During a previous three-year phase of the project, the quality of education was improved at 22 schools (6 elementary schools, 11 secondary schools and 5 vocational institutes. They are now expanding the project to 27 schools and 5 literacy centres reaching a total 15,000 students. Training is offered to improve school management and supervision as well as the skills of the teaching staff. Teaching material is also provided, and school buildings are renovated if necessary.

Up to and including 2014, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 105,000 to the project (€ 30,000 of which in 2013).

See also:
      Congodorpen: other projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects

A lesson in clockreading, Pio Institute, Bwamanda, D.R. Congo
A lesson in clockreading, Pio Institute, Bwamanda, D.R. Congo



Congodorpen Reforestation and sustainable management of ecosystems in the Kwilu district, D.R. Congo, 2011-2013
Congodorpen (formerly known as CDI Bwamanda) is a Belgian NGO dedicated to education and sustainable agriculture in D.R. Congo. To lift the ecological pressure from the Kwilu district, restore the forests and structurally improve the soil quality, CDI introduces agro-forestry methods. For example, the hill ridges of 1,235 acres of heavily degraded savannah will be reforested, and 1,235 acres of oil palm trees will be planted in the valleys. In order to be able to carry out these plans, CDI will be working with over 200 farmer organisations with a total of 20,000 members.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 75,000 to the project (€ 25.000 in 2013).

See also:
      Congodorpen: other projects
      Other regreening projects

Reforestation result near Mampu, seen from the air
Reforestation result near Mampu, seen from the air



Tosangana Development of school in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo, 2013-2014
The Dutch Tosangana Foundation was founded by and for Congolese women. In collaboration with local organisations Anomes and Les Millénaires they want to improve the level of education in Kinshasa. Currently they are working on the realisation of a multi-purpose centre for preschool, elementary school, and vocational education.

The Turing Foundation will be contributing € 15,000 towards construction of the roof, so 350 children can attend elementary school every year.

See also:
      Tosangana: other projects
      Other building projects

Development of school, Kinshasa, D.R, Congo
Development of school, Kinshasa, D.R, Congo



Save the Children Nederland School furniture for 16 schools in Lubero, D.R. Congo, 2011-2013
In the Lubero region in North Kivu, D.R. Congo, Save the Children is carrying out a five-year programme focused on creating better access to safe and high-quality education. Activities include the foundation of teacher training centres, setting up a compact education programme for children who haven't enjoyed any previous schooling, refurbishing old school buildings and training school management committees. Schools will also be provided with teaching material and school furniture.

In the years 2011-2013, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 85,000 to the project (50% of school furniture), € 25.000 of which in 2013.

See also: Save the Children Nederland: other projects

School furniture for 16 schools, in Lubero, D.R. Congo, 2011-2013
School furniture for 16 schools, in Lubero, D.R. Congo, 2011-2013



BambaleAssociation Coopérative d'épargne et de Crédits de Producteurs Bambale Equipping information centre in Inkisi-Kisanu, D.R. Congo, 2012-2013
The Bambale Foundation is focused on education, agriculture, and healthcare in D.R. Congo. In Inkisi-Kisantu, Bambale wants to start and equip an Information & Training centre. Eventually, the foundation wants to integrate computers into basic and vocational education, train teachers, and organise courses for adults and entrepreneurs. Local people will also have access to the centre's facilities. The Turing Foundation will be funding the purchase of 12 computers, the training of administrators, the realisation of computer courses, and the training of teachers and students.

In 2012, the Turing Foundation will be contributing € 10,000 to the project.

See also:
  Documantaire over Bambale in D.R. Congo
      Bambale: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects

Ecole Professionnelle d’Informatique Mucolim, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo
Ecole Professionnelle d’Informatique Mucolim, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo



Tools To Work Vocational Training and job creation in Kinshasha, Uvira and Bandundu-Ville, D.R. Congo, 2012-2013
Tools to Work offers young people work experience by involving them in the repairing of goods for developing countries. Through Tools to Work, we support the revision, transport, clearance, receipt and use of machines and materials for three vocational training programmes. All products for all three programmes are shipped in a single transport.
  • SRDA/Uvira, D.R. Congo, 2012: Through local NGO SRDA in Uvira, we contribute to the delivery of 32 treadle sewing machines for training cooperation (women mostly), a 3-shear plough and a contribution for the construction of a workshop with sleeping area for young men. Trainings are currently done in the open air, mostly. Goal: working towards the training of 100 youths a year.
  • HHCA/Kinshasa, D.R. Congo, 2012: Through local NGO HHCA in Kinshasa, we're constructing a classroom and setting up a vocational training programme/ work experience placement for orphans and children of families living in the area. The project will start by training 50 older youths from the orphanage to be joiners, tailors, plumbers, or electricians. To that end, 25 sewing machines and 20 toolboxes are required, which can be supplied via this transport.
  • VTC/Bandundu-Ville, D.R. Congo: Through local NGO VTC in Bandundu-Ville, we're supporting an existing vocational training programme/ work experience placement providing technical education for 102 youths in the field of carpentry, joining, metallurgy, bricklaying, and agriculture. Right now, there's need for heavier machinery, an expansion of their computer training, and bicycles for teachers and bicycle taxis, for example. In total, we'll provide 45 computers, 65 toolboxes, 16 machines to equip the school, 70 bicycles, and 20 sewing and knitting machines in order to train an extra 100 young people every year.
In 2012, the Turing Foundation will be donating € 30,000 to provide these three vocational training programmes with training materials in a single transport.

See also:
      Tools To Work: other projects
      Other vocational training projects

Vocational Training and job creation in Kinshasha, Uvira and Bandundu-Ville, D.R. Congo
Vocational Training and job creation in Kinshasha, Uvira and Bandundu-Ville, D.R. Congo



Children in Crisis Teacher training in South Kivu, D.R. Congo, 2010-2012
Children in Crisis is a British NGO that works on educational projects in post-conflict zones such as D.R. Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In South Kivu, D.R. Congo, 172 head masters and 1034 teachers will be trained, school curricula will be developed and teaching materials will be spread in the coming few years, all this to structurally improve the level of education and school results.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 120,000 to the project (€ 40.000 in 2012).

See also:
      How the teachers of hope I met in the Congo were brutally killed (The Observer)
      Children in Crisis: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

Teacher training in South Kivu, D.R. Congo
Teacher training in South Kivu, D.R. Congo



ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg Programme for tutoring teenagers in South Kivu, D.R. Congo, 2010-2013
ZOA Refugee Care wants to offer primary education in 3 years to youths from returnee families who missed one or more years of primary education. This mainly concerns orphans, ex-child soldiers, child victims of abuse, exploitation or poverty. Existing education centres in D.R. Congo will be supported in their implementation of a tutoring programme for 3,300 youths, for a period of 3 years. Education officials as well as the school inspection will be trained to supervise the programme.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 105.000 to this project, of which € 30.000 in 2012.

See also: ZOA Vluchtelingenzorg: other projects

Classroom in Sebele, D.R. Congo
Classroom in Sebele, D.R. Congo



War Child International Better access to education for vulnerable children, Bukavu and Walungu, D.R. Congo, 2010-2011
In South Kivu, War Child strives for better access to education for vulnerable children. D.R. Congo knows a great shortage of qualified teachers. Therefore, War Child trains teachers associated with the provincial educational authorities in a wide range of subjects: the national curriculum, modern teaching methods, safety at school, psychosocial wellbeing, school management and supervising methods. For a period of 2 years then, the teacher trainers will train the teachers, parents' councils and the school managements of 16 schools in Bukavu and Walungu harbouring 4800 children. On top of that, teaching material will be distributed, school furniture will be provided and small infrastructural improvements (such as toilets, repairs) will be done.

Just like last year, the Turing Foundation donates € 40,000 to cover half of the project costs.

See also: War Child International: other projects

Teachers in training, Bukavu and Walungu, D.R. Congo
Teachers in training, Bukavu and Walungu, D.R. Congo



Focus on EducationFondation Chirezi Construction of a medical school in Kiliba, D.R. Congo, 2010-2011
Focus on Education, in association with the local NGO Fondation Chirezi, wants to set up an intermediate vocational school for health care with a capacity of 150 students a year. The school will offer a 3-year nurse training, after which graduates can start working at local health centres and small rural medical clinics. The school targets underprivileged boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 20.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 35.000 to the project (€ 10.000 in 2011, when the project ends).

See also:
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects

Medical school awaiting a roof, Kiliba, October 2010
Medical school awaiting a roof, Kiliba, October 2010



Bambale Renovation and expansion of vocational training center, Kisantu, D.R. Congo 2010-2011
The Bambale Foundation focuses on education, agriculture and health in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kisantu, the foundation wants to renovate the school building and expand the Institut Technique Médicale de Kintanu, a medical vocational nurse training. The school management will also be trained on organizational and business economical skills.

In 2010, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 33,000 to these activities.

See also:
      Bambale: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects

Renovation and expansion of vocational training center, Kisantu
Renovation and expansion of vocational training center, Kisantu



Congodorpen Improvement of primary and vocational education, Equatorial Province, D.R. Congo, 2010
Congodorpen contributes to the recovery and building up of education in the Equatorial Province, D.R. Congo. During a three-year project, 22 schools will be working on educational improvement (6 primary schools, 11 secondary schools and 5 vocational training institutes). There will be trainings to improve school management and teacher skills. Teaching material will be distributed as well and where needed, school buildings will be renovated.

In 2010, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 30,000.

See also:
      Congodorpen: other projects
      Other teacher training projects
      Other vocational training projects

Improving quality of primary education and vocational training, Equatorial Province, D.R. Congo
Improving quality of primary education and vocational training, Equatorial Province, D.R. Congo



Liliane Fonds Educational projects Liliane Foundation 2009
The Liliane Foundation provides direct, small-scale and tailor-made help to handicapped children and young people in developing countries. In many cases, the Liliane Foundation helps those children to go to school. What especially appeals to the Turing Foundation is that the Liliane Foundation in this way offers opportunities to children who cannot be helped by any other educational relief organisation, because their needs are too small-scaled. Often, these needs concern one single child in a location where education is available despite poverty, but of which the child cannot make use because of its handicap.

Just like last year, the Turing Foundation donates € 150,000 to the Liliane Foundation in 2009 for help to children in the field of education. With this amount, the Liliane Foundation will be able to help more than 3,000 children in Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

See also:
      Liliane Fonds: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Cameroon
      Other projects in focus country Burkina Faso

Thanks to a prosthesis, these children can now go to school
Thanks to a prosthesis, these children can now go to school



Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation Construction of an ecological school in Sinia, D.R. Congo, 2009-2011
The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation protects animals threatened with extinction. One of its projects is the establishment of a nature reserve (Boyoma Sanctuary) on an island in the River Congo, near the village of Sinia. None of the children in this village ever attended a school, since there were no schools in the surrounding area. At the request of the local authorities, the foundation is building a primary school which can accommodate 180 pupils - to be extended later to 360 pupils. Ecology is part of the educational programme.

The Turing Foundation finances the full construction costs of this school (€ 40,000).

See also: Other building projects

Inhabitants of Sinia, Democratic Republic of Congo
Inhabitants of Sinia, Democratic Republic of Congo



Read To Grow School Books for Developing Countries, 2007-2008
The Read to Grow Foundation collects English language recreational and school books and sends them to village schools in developing countries where books and information are scarce.

Read to Grow operates more and more successfully in the Netherlands and the UK. The Turing Foundation contributes € 32,000 in 2007 and 2008 to propagate the Read to Grow concept in other European countries.

See also:
      Other projects in focus country Cameroon
      Other projects in focus country Mali

Books for Tokokoe, Ghana
Books for Tokokoe, Ghana



Bambale Construction and equipment of a primary school, Kisantu, D.R. Congo, 2008-2009
The Bambale Foundation focuses on education, agriculture and health care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The foundation is now building durable educational facilities for 279 underprivileged children in Kisantu. In the evenings these facilities will also be used for adult education.

In 2008 the Turing Foundation contributes € 28,250 to the construction and interior of this school.

See also:
      Bambale: other projects
      Other building projects

The first three new classrooms under construction
The first three new classrooms under construction




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