Description of the programme in Democratic Republic of Congo

In DR Congo War Child primarily focuses on improving the psychosocial wellbeing, access to education and socio-economic reintegration of marginalised children and youth in the city of Bukavu, and two rural communities in South Kivu province. War Child supports both local partner organisations and schools working with different groups of vulnerable children, including ex-child soldiers, street children, children accused of witchcraft, children who are victims of violence, displaced children and children in prison. This way War Child can optimally provide education and adequate psychosocial support.

People working for these local aid organisations and schools are trained in educational methods that focus on the child, catch-up education, children's rights, child protection, positive communication with children, conflict resolution, uniting families, and coping with the problems of former child soldiers and victims of violence. They also organise creative workshops and play days for children. Finally, War Child is also asked to train staff members of other organisations or other schools.

Congolese childrenMaterial support
In addition, War Child gives partner organisations and schools financial and material support. They submit proposals for micro-projects such as setting up a library, production of a radio programme for youth or purchasing equipment for vocational training and for creative and recreational activities.

In areas where partners are active, War Child organises information sessions to raise awareness about the rights and psychosocial needs of children and promotes a positive attitude towards marginalised children.

War Child also helps children in prison. Children in the central prison of Bukavu take part in creative workshops and have access to a psychologist for individual psychological support.

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