DR Congo - PIPES International

Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) faces numerous challenges, including conflicts, prolonged civil wars, militia groups, and corruption. These challenges have a profound impact on various aspects of society, particularly the economy and the education system. This has led to lack of school and limited access to quality education for children. The persistent conflicts and instability have disrupted educational infrastructure, resulting in a shortage of schools, teachers and resources. This, in turn, has hindered the educational opportunities available to children in many parts of the country.
In DR Congo, PIPES Ministry's multifaceted efforts encompass education, economic empowerment, healthcare, and spiritual guidance. Their work is instrumental in improving the lives of the Pygmy community and vulnerable individuals in a region that has faced numerous challenges.

Education is one of the most critical investments in the lives of children. When children get an education, they have opportunities in the future to improve their lives and their community too. In Eastern DR Congo, PIPES Ministry addresses the education gap by supporting hundreds of Pygmy children and vulnerable individuals through an educational program. The first school, initiated in 2011 and permanently established in 2014, has already produced many graduates some of whom are now employed and thriving in their lives. The ministry is in the process of constructing a second school in Idjwi Island, South Kivu Province, which will accommodate 300-400 learners.

Hope Academy Schools

Through our hope academy schools in Goma and Idjwi Island, children who had never set foot in a classroom access formal education. We began with a handful of children and one teacher. At the inception in 2011, we had no building and only a few kids. The only thing we had was hope. Today, we are excited to see the tremendous growth of the Hope Academy, which has more than 700 students from grades one to twelve. In 2020, we graduated the first class of grade 12.
PIPES is dedicated to long-term relationships with the indigenous peoples of Africa. We invest time and energy into continued education for students seeking to make careers that will sustain themselves and their families throughout their lives.

Economic Empowerment through Farming:

To help the indigenous Bambuti community transition from traditional hunting and gathering to farming, PIPES purchased land and resettled displaced families, providing them with their land for housing and farming. The families are trained in modern and efficient farming techniques. Notably, the indigenous community in Bwange village serves as a testament to the transformation brought about by PIPES through farming initiatives. Pengeli and his wife (pictured) were among the first people resettled on the new farm. They grow cassava and fruits and keep goats, pigs, and chickens.

Health and Sanitation:

PIPES organization collaborates with a hospital on Idjwi Island to provide regular medical care and treatment for the indigenous community in Bwange village, covering the associated costs. This not only reduces mortality rates but also enhances the overall health and productivity of the community. PIPES also partners with other stakeholders to conduct health awareness campaigns to promote good health practices.