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the democratic republic of congo

After an eight-year period during which we ceased sponsoring children in the DRC, ICCM once again sponsors children in this large and challenging country. We opened a “school of reference” and named it the Linda Stryker Academy in memory of a beloved missionary who led ICCM for several years before she passed away. 

In addition, Special Projects support a variety of holistic initiatives in the DRC. Sustainable animal projects are underway; many water filters are being distributed; Bibles and songbooks are made available to students, and teachers and chaplains receive curriculum and training in Christian Religious Education.

stories from democratic republic of congo

facts about the democratic republic of congo

Languages: French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba

Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%

Population: 83,301,151 (July 2017 est.)

Median Age: 18.6 years (2017 est.)

Literacy (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 77%, Male: 88.5%, Female: 66.5% (2016 est.)

School life expectancy  Total: 9 years, Male: 10 years, Female: 8 years (2013)

Percentage below poverty level 63% (2012 est.)