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Why do you work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Do they even need help?

March 22, 2022

We work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because the families we work with are farming some of the most difficult landscape in the world and face conditions of extreme poverty.

The Congo Basin found in the DRC 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 DRC's 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.

Learn more about Plant With Purpose's work in the DRC.

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