NRC projects in DRC reinforce the resilience capacity of crisis affected communities
Tombola is 36 years old, mother of 4 children, a displaced person. Since 2008, she lives in a camp for IDP's in Kivuye, a village located in Masisi territory, eastern of DR Congo where she fled when armed fighting broke out in her native village of Kahembe between the Congolese loyalist forces and armed groups.
Fleeing the clashes, Tombola Tuyambaze was forced to abandon her fields, the unique income source that was feeding her family and covering school fees of her children. Indeed, during these incidents; the militia men looted her house and took away all her belongings.
Upon her arrival in Kivuye, the living conditions had become very difficult and her vulnerability increased. To buy food, the displaced had to do daily work in the fields of the host community at a very low daily wage. This has negatively affected the health of displaced households.
"At first, finding food here was very complicated because of non-access to fields, ..." she said.
In November 2016, through the NRC’s food security program; Tombola as well as 1.892 households have received assistance of seeds of bean, corn, cabbage and amaranth from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), through NRC projects that reinforce protection of vulnerable people affected by displacement with funding from European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO). The response focuses on restoring livelihoods, resilience capacity, creation and diversification of income sources of beneficiaries.
"Since I received NRC assistance, my condition has little by little changed. I then planted these beans here in my field, after a few months I hope to harvest a good quantity of beans; then I will pay my children's school fees "she explained.
Photo: NRC/Ephrem Chiruza. February 2017.
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