The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second-largest country on the continent. The Congo Basin, with its tropical rainforests, occupies around 60 per cent of the total area. The country has the greatest natural wealth in Africa and yet is one of the poorest countries in the world. Many girls and young women earn their living through prostitution due to poverty. Child labour is widespread, whether as miners, child soldiers or as household slaves for the rich in Kinshasa. Two-thirds of the population live in absolute poverty. Malnutrition and undernourishment are commonplace, especially among children.


KOLWEZI • Computer class for the primary school

The school run by the Salvatorian Sisters is located in Kolwezi, in the province of Katanga, in the southern part of Congo. The city of Kolwezi has about 418.000 inhabitants as well as relatively good infrastructure.There is a local airport and a railway connection to Lubumbashi. The city is an important centre for the mining of cobalt and uranium.
A large part of the population works under miserable conditions and for a starvation wage in the nearby mines.





KOLWEZI • Mother-child help in the Centre Uzima

In the 'Centre Uzima - Life Centre' in Kolwezi, in the south of Congo, the Salvatorian Sisters accompany pregnant women as well as mothers and their infants. The aim is to provide the best possible health care and counselling to improve the health situation. The pregnant women are thoroughly observed, informed and prepared for childbirth. The physical development of infants and young children up to the age of 6 is also regularly checked.





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