Decades of exploitation, war and corruption have turned one of the world’s most resource rich countries into one of the world’s poorest and most unstable nations.
When a small medical team responded to this plea from a Congolese Bishop in 2010, they found the Kapanga region isolated and impoverished. The area was once the site of a thriving Methodist mission which supported a hospital, schools and other infrastructure. But a war with nearby Angola in the 1970’s cut the region off from the outside and forced foreign missionaries to flee. In the following years, the DRC continued to languish from conflict, poverty, and government corruption. The roads and infrastructure tying Kapanga to the rest of the country continued to crumble. The first western team to visit the region in decades found the residents of Kapanga living on the edges of starvation. Malnutrition threatened young children most of all.
A second team, led by Feed Congo Kids’ founders Rody and Alice Rowe arrived in 2012, establishing Feed Congo Kids in partnership with village health workers.