DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC)
ACN currently assists a group of women, REFEADES-/FIZI –DRC, in Atuta-Makobola, a war-ravaged territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). All the women were physically abused by rebels during the war.. After the war, they courageously faced up to their aggressors and convinced both the rebels and government troops to declare a certain area "a Child-Friendly Zone" for the many orphans who were also victims of war.
A number of these orphans lost their parents when 700 of them, at gunpoint, were forced by rebels to gather near the old school building where they were set on fire.
Initial assistance was to build a well in the Child Friendly Zone and purify its water because children in the Zone were experiencing widespread dysentery and dehydration. As a result, not only did the dysentery for over 450 children in the Child Friendly Zone almost totally disappear, but also the same could be said for all the children and adults in an adjacent village, where we had installed a water pipe system from the well we had dug.
ACN has completed the rebuilding of the war-damaged walls of the Zone’s school buildings, and has provided desks, benches, and textbooks so that all 450 children have their own.