Help One Now is excited to partner with local leader Tresor Yenyi and Mwangaza International to build, establish, and sustain a number of HOPE Centers in the DRC. These HOPE Centers will build community and alleviate poverty by hosting after school programs for vulnerable children, serving teenage moms and their babies, providing clean water, literacy programs, job training and more. The work is complex, but the goal is simple: to strengthen communities in the Congo and keep families together! We are currently in the process of developing specific plans for this partnership and we look forward to sharing more details very soon!
Tresor Yenyi is the founder and president of Mwangaza International, our partner organization in the DRCongo. Tresor has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently working on a PhD while living in Kinshasa. He has experienced firsthand the tragedy of civil war and the brokenness and poverty it leaves in its wake. Tresor and his team are working diligently to build community and alleviate vulnerability throughout Congo.
Population: 67.5 Million
Area: 905,600 mi²
Year of Independence: The Belgian Congo achieved independence on 30 June 1960 under the name “République du Congo”
Pop. Living In Poverty: 64%
(15-24 years) literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*, male – 78%
(Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*, female – 53%
– 480,000 People living with HIV/AIDS
– Life Expectancy: 49yrs
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a source, destination, and possibly a transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. The majority of this trafficking is internal, and likely occurs in all 11 provinces.