Democratic Republic of the


Quick Facts About the DR Congo

Population86.8 million people
Size2.34 million square km
Major LanguagesFrench, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Major ReligionsChristianity, Islam
Life Expectancy58 years men, 61 years women
Main ExportsDiamonds, Copper, Gold and Oil

Country Overview

Located in Central Africa, the DR Congo is the second largest country on the continent and rich in natural resources. It boasts vast deposits of industrial diamonds, cobalt, and copper; one of the largest forest reserves in Africa; and about half of the hydroelectric potential of the continent.


Despite its wealth of natural resources, decades of civil war, conflict and poverty have posed many challenges for the DR Congo. Over the last 15 years, it is estimated that 6 million people have died as a result of war, preventable diseases, and malnutrition.

Current Programs

Emergency Medical Fund

This fund enables Clinique Papillon to deliver emergency medical services to patients who are unable to pay.

Ephphata School for the Deaf

The Ephphata School for the Deaf seeks to empower children and young adults with hearing loss by giving them a quality education and trade.

Clinique Papillon

Clinique Papillon is a women’s medical clinic that specializes in childbirth services and rape recovery support.

Current Projects

Ephphata School Solar Panels

With a reliable and sustainable source of electricity, the Ephphata School will be able to continue empowering deaf children in Lubumbashi with a quality education and vocation.

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230-1119 Fennell Ave E.,
Hamilton, On, Canada, L8T 1S2
Charity Number: #12994 3072 RR0001