Kisantu Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


199 people living with HIV or AIDS and 40 orphans and vulnerable children received peanut seeds to plant and sell. They are working with one of our local partners to increase their income and improve their quality of life. 17 young women learned how to make dresses and tailor clothes through a vocational training program; 14 of them opened their own sewing shops. 350 families participated in savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. Savings group members were able to plant new crops and start or expand small businesses, creating more diverse income sources for families. 175 farmers learned improved farming methods, leading to a substantial increase in their production of cassava, peanuts, and small livestock. The additional income helped them pay their children's school fees and meet other essential household needs. 35 farmers associations were established to help peanut farmers access seeds, technology, and markets for their crops. 199 people living with HIV or AIDS received food kits containing rice, beans, fish, and oil through our partnership with a local nonprofit organization. Good nutrition is crucial to the success of HIV treatment. Five local churches and two faith-based organizations partnered with us to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and to reduce stigma and discrimination against those affected by the illness. 3,056 youth learned about HIV prevention through AIDS action clubs in their schools. We supported a medical outreach campaign through which 702 women were immunized against tetanus, and 7,172 children younger than 5 years old were immunized and given Vitamin A supplements, which prevents blindness and strengthens the immune system's resistance to life-threatening diseases. 33 community health workers and 12 healthcare staff were trained in improved care for pregnant and breastfeeding women, contributing to an increase in the number of women who sought prenatal care and gave birth with the assistance of a qualified health professional. 906 children and their families gained access to clean water in their community through our partnership with a national water company. Previously, the nearest source of clean water was a two-hour walk away. Hygiene conditions improved at two primary schools after we installed rainwater-harvesting tanks. The tanks provide 1,434 students with water for washing their hands and keeping themselves clean. Pass rates for the primary school completion exam improved from 92 percent in 2013 to 97 percent in 2014, in part because 210 teachers implemented improved, child-friendly teaching methods. We partnered with local churches and Parent Teacher Associations to renovate and equip four schools. World Vision's children's parliament promoted child rights at community prayer meetings and other events. Their advocacy efforts helped raise awareness of laws that protect children. The local government, media, and the Catholic Diocese of Kisantu have all sought the participation of the children's parliament, demonstrating increased respect for children in the community.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Democratic Republic of the Congo>Bas-Congo


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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