Democratic Republic of Congo

We began working in the DRC in 2008. The initiatives developed in Ngandanjika are divided into two areas: the first educational and the second focused on food sovereignty programmes.

Projects (2011-2014)

Phase I: Mechanization of agriculture for 24 families, building a pig farm and a fish farm

  • Local partner: Prodi
  • Nº of Direct beneficiaries: 3.333
  • Nº of Indirect beneficiaries: 22.685
  • Financing: Obra Social ‘la Caixa’
  • Grant awarded: 350.000 €
  • Total cost: 545.412 €

Phase II: Mechanization of agriculture (extension to another 72 families), creating a network of transport and marketing of surpluses

  • Local partner: Prodi
  • Nº of Direct beneficiaries: 768
  • Nº of Indirect beneficiaries: 3.333
  • Financing: Junta de Comunidades de Castilla – La Mancha
  • Grant awarded: 298.626 €
  • Total cost: 392.952 €

Aim: To ensure that farming families of Mpyana Bakwa Cyabila can increase the number of daily meals from 1 to 3. To this end, mechanized land clearing is conducted, so that every family can work more acres and increase the intake of grain. Furthermore, the population is brought closer to the production of fish and pork to make it more accessible and affordable.

Achieved: food sovereignty programs have achieved an increase in arable land and added to agricultural production of corn, soybeans, cassava and beans, optimizing retention, storage and marketing. Similarly, the establishments of pig, fish and chicken farming have given people the opportunity for a richer and more varied diet, improving food security for more than 3,500 people.


  • Local Partner: Projet Ditunga
  • Nº of direct beneficiaries: 3.867  (2.033 women)
  • Nº of Indirect beneficiaries: 137.094 habitants of  Ciyamba sector (73.604 women)
  • Financing: Obra Social ‘la Caixa’
  • Grant: 260.000 €
  • Total cost: 331.663 €

Aim: This project is a continuation of other two initiatives of food sovereignty and job creation in the rural community of Mpyana Bakwa Cyabila, co-funded by Fundación La Caixa (2009-2012) and the JCCM (2011-2012). The project aims to maximize the economic and social achievements of these two projects, contributing to the improvement and diversification of nutrition of beneficiary families and increasing their income.

Achieved: The project, which became operational in July 2012, will help beneficiary households improve and diversify their nutritional intake and increase their income, thanks to the creation of an industrial family farm and 168 domestic chicken farms.


  • Local Partner: Prodi
  • Nº of direct Beneficiaries: 1.257
  • Nº of indirect Beneficiaries: 22.406
  • Sponsor: Generalitat Valenciana
  • Subsidised Cost: 253.725 €
  • Total Cost: 335.857 €

Aim: To build 2 fully equipped schools. Within the same project a mass campaign was conducted to raise awareness about the need to provide children with schooling, with special emphasis on girls’ schooling.

Achieved: Accomplishment of full enrolment of children aged 6-14 years in the two communities covered by the project.


  • Local partner: Prodi
  • Nº of Direct Beneficiaries: 26.118
  • Nº of Indirect Beneficiaries: 26.118
  • Sponsor: Diputación de Sevilla
  • Subsidised Cost: 9.000 €
  • Total Cost: 11.640 €

Achieved: The purchase and installation of a generator in the Health Centre has greatly improved the quality of medical diagnostics thanks to the availability of a laboratory, ultrasound and X-ray machine.

  • Local partner: Prodi
  • Nº of Direct Beneficiaries: 2.865 pupils (1.228 girls) and 39 teachers
  • Nº of Indirect Beneficiaries: 26.692 inhabitants of Mpyana (13.979 women)
  • Sponsor: Diputación de Toledo
  • Subsidised Cost: 32.500€
  • Total Cost: 50.229€

Achieved: The establishment of a library has given 2,865 students from three primary and infant schools access to reference textbooks and reading books which means a culture of books and reading can be instilled from the early years of learning.