Child Sponsor Congo

The Republic of Congo is neighbours to Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola and has a population of some 4.3 million. Following independence from France in 1960 it became a Marxist state until the collapse of communism in 1991 when it embraced a market economy. There was a civil war in 1997 however the country today is more stable despite ongoing humanitarian crises. The Congo is in 137th place out of 187 countries and territories in 2011 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country with a life expectancy of 57yrs with unemployment at over 50% and over two thirds of its population living on under $1a day.

Life for children in the Republic of the Congo should be better than for other children on the African continent; there are high literacy levels and longer periods of required education yet the number of street children in the Republic of Congo has increased from the civil war and the political instability thereafter. The presence of these street children is a particular problem in Brazzaville, where there are an estimated two thousand children sleeping rough, to Point-Noire as well as other urban areas. The situation in Brazzaville is intensified by its close proximity to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo from where many have fled across the river in search of safety. Whilst not as acute in some other Africa countries, out of the Democratic Republic of Congo's child population of 1,716,000, an estimated 69,00 have been orphaned by AIDS with a further 6,600 children under the age of 15yrs are infected themselves. 84% of children living in towns and cities have access to safe drinking water but this drops to just 27% for children living in rural areas of the Republic of Congo. Similarly, access to healthcare varies considerably not least because 66% of all doctors in the country live and practise in the capital city Brazzaville. Within the last few years it has been estimated that 85% of all children living in rural areas are engaged in work either in exchange for low wage, despite child labour under the age of 16yrs being illegal. The Republic of Congo is also a known source of children trafficked in for child labour from Benin and it is widely acknowledged that that country has done little to stem this tide. You can help when you sponsor a child in Congo Brazzaville.



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Child Sponsor Congo

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Child Sponsor Congo

Child Sponsor Congo

 


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There are also some other charities who work with communities in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville):

www.doctorswithoutborders.org

www.azurdev.org

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