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

Linda Stryker Academy Goats Project (video)

  #ICCMCongo 🇨🇩️ This is the goats project at Linda Stryker Academy in DRC. When the goats are ready for sale, they are sold and the money is used to help orphaned and very poor children’s school fees. Posted by International Child Care Ministries on 

Celebrating One Year at Linda Stryker Academy (video)

  #ICCMCongo 🇨🇩️ We’re so grateful Linda Stryker Academy just celebrated their one year anniversary! 💚 Lyrics: It’s a pleasure to belong to such a wonderful school Where we are being taught science and how to know God It’s a pleasure to belong to such a wonderful 

A new thing in Congo

There was no question, Canadian born Linda Stryker loved living in Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo or DRC). She loved working alongside her Congolese friends and colleagues. For 33 years, Linda served as a Free Methodist missionary wearing several different hats – that of a 

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.)