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The Congo Basin hosts one of the world’s most important ecosystems: the world’s second largest rainforest, a vital carbon sink and biodiversity hotspot.

In spite of its ecological importance to the planet, the people who rely on its environmental health for survival now face great challenges. 99% of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) rural population lives in extreme poverty. Two factors that maintain the cycle of poverty are the persistence of conflict throughout the region and the depletion of the rainforest. Since 2017, the DRC has lost more forest cover than any other country except Brazil.

Plant With Purpose in the DRC

Plant With Purpose began work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2015. By building local enthusiasm and skills around forest protection, ecosystem restoration, and regenerative farming, participants are able to eat one extra meal per day on average. Spiritual renewal activities have helped heal past divisions and created a sense of unity between various groups. By investing in spiritual, ecological, and financial health, communities are finding ways to break destructive cycles of poverty and violence that have long affected the country.

Your support for these programs not only directly benefits participants, but also all those living in these watershed communities. Because of the interrelated nature of the DRC’s biggest challenges, we are firmly committed to scaling up our holistic solutions. We are expanding our work to over 11 watersheds by the end of 2025.

Expand the Work in the DRC

Key Stats

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Program Watersheds
369
Savings Groups
10,458
Participating Families
88,370
People
127
Church Partnerships
2,967,355
Trees Planted

Meet Some of Our Partners from the DRC

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Aurore and Sabine find reconciliation and friendship.

Aurore and Sabine find reconciliation and friendship.

Aurore and Sabine are neighbors with a long-standing dispute. “We didn’t speak to each other, and our mutual hatred had even impacted our children.” When Plant With Purpose began work in their community, they attended the training and ended up in the same Purpose Group. Because of their feud, it was difficult to pray together at the start of the meeting. After prayer, their group goes through an inspirational slogan. “Our slogan talks about ‘TUUDUMISHE UPENDO, MUSHIKAMANO NA NIZAMU,’ which means ‘let us strengthen love, solidarity, and discipline.’ We were touched by these words every time we repeated them and, because of that, we decided to reconcile and reestablish our friendship as before. I sincerely thank my friend who took the courage to come and see me in the first place so that we could reconcile.”

Assumani’s journey to self-respect through honoring God with his work.

Assumani’s journey to self-respect through honoring God with his work.

Assumani is an educated young father with a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Agronomy. Despite his degree, he was unable to get a good job after graduation. “My life was in crisis; I couldn’t even buy a little laundry soap … I became a miserable man …” Assumani heard about a Theology of Work training by Plant With Purpose through his church. He attended with the intent of asking for a job, but the training instead changed the way he saw his God-given talents. “Pastor Sibomana told us about the talent that God gave every person and how we can use our talents to change our destiny. His words rang in my ears and I decided to work—I decided to find any job I could do. I was ashamed at first to see myself, an educated man, doing small work. But, when I started earning money, I began to feel proud of myself … I realize that my work praises God and work has given me joy and hope for the future.”

Byamungu’s journey from outcast to respected nurseryman.

Byamungu’s journey from outcast to respected nurseryman.

Byamungu began his journey with Plant With Purpose in 2020. Before joining a Purpose Group, he describes his life as “the most neglected in my community.” After joining the group, it was hard to save money at first. “We had no idea how to save money because we never had any extra money in our whole lives. I decided to start saving the little that we could.” Over time, Byamungu was able to invest in agriculture and become a nurseryman in the tree nurseries. “Those who used to mock me are now coming to me to ask what secret I have used to change my household conditions… Now, I am confident and have respect and authority in my community. May God bless Plant With Purpose for starting a project in a forgotten and abandoned village.”

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2015, we started working in South Kivu and specifically in the Kakumba watershed. Over the past seven years, we have expanded our program into seven watersheds in the South Kivu region.
Yes, it is relatively safe for our team in the DRC to work. The local leadership plays a key role in keeping a pulse on the security situation and protocols (if needed) to navigate uncertain and/or unstable periods of time.
The families we work with in the DRC are farming some of the most difficult landscape. The land is severely eroded, and the DRC is one of the poorest parts of the world. About 90% of the population depend on cultivating land for their families' survival. The needs are great, and at the same time, the opportunities to help are significant.
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Our Global Impact

Thailand

  • 34 Purpose Groups
  • 1,634 People Served
  • 57 Church Partnerships
  • 1,439,264 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Thailand

    Tanzania

  • 489 Purpose Groups
  • 58,344 People Served
  • 275 Church Partnerships
  • 15,971,317 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Tanzania

    Mexico

  • 226 Purpose Groups
  • 14,633 People Served
  • 82 Church Partnerships
  • 975,218 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Mexico

    Haiti

  • 585 Purpose Groups
  • 84,234 People Served
  • 110 Church Partnerships
  • 5,135,452 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Haiti

    Ethiopia

  • 132 Purpose Groups
  • 12,787 People Served
  • 55 Church Partnerships
  • 535,574 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Ethiopia

    Dominican Republic

  • 284 Purpose Groups
  • 39,944 People Served
  • 147 Church Partnerships
  • 14,285,179 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Dominican Republic

    Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 369 Purpose Groups
  • 88,370 People Served
  • 127 Church Partnerships
  • 2,967,355 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in the DRC

    Burundi

  • 540 Purpose Groups
  • 77,896 People Served
  • 159 Church Partnerships
  • 7,378,105 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Burundi

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