Much like the rest of Africa, the majority of the population in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is rural. Friends of the Congo partners with the Association of Villages’ Organization of Self-Development (GOVA in French). GOVA’s work in the rural district of Isangi covers approximately 600,000 inhabitants.
The inhabitants have developed a self-sustaining community where they rely primarily on their own resources for community development. They have sought to export this model of self-sufficiency to other parts of the Congo. The core elements of the community development include:
- Growing crops
- Raising animals
- Operating community radio station
- Establishment of learning centers
- Combatting sleeping sickness
GOVA has launched a rural consciousness raising campaign grounded in self-sufficiency, self-determination and Pan Africanism. The initiative aims to leverage the local learning centers akin to libraries and community radio stations to advance mass rural popular education.
Friends of the Congo supports the residents of the Isangi district in their laudable undertaking.