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For the past 50 years, MCC supporters across the Lower Mainland have gathered to generously raise funds to support uprooted and vulnerable people at the MCC Festival for World Relief. Over 790 million people do not have enough to eat. Join us this year as we raise funds to help families in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

The violence and death that many Congolese have witnessed is unfathomable: millions of people have been displaced from their homes after decades of conflict. Through MCC partners, this project will provide agricultural training, food security, income generation, and COVID-19 prevention to hundreds of families living in Internally Displaced Peoples camps.

Each dollar raised goes even further this year, through a 6:1 match! Donate today to help your donation go even further.

Nsimire Mugoli plants maize and bean seeds that were included with the familys emergency food ration. Her 8-month-old son Nahuma Birhonoka is on her back. She is using a grid system and a cornstalk to measure the optimal spacing for beans and corn. Planting carefully like this produces greater yield than scattering seeds like they used to do before they learned this technique from agronomists who work with people in Mubimbi IDP (internally displace persons) camp.

"I am feeling happy inside. I'm thinking the way I am planting, I will be harvesting soon."

With the support of MCC, glise du Christ au Congo  Ministre des Refugis et des Urgences (ECC-MERU; Church of Christ in Congo  Ministry of Refugees and Emergencies) rents individual and a communal field for 297 displaced families living at Mubimbi camp near the town of Minova in South Kivu Province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). In addition, displaced people living with host families in Shasha, North Kivu Province, work together in communal fields and share the produce. The families use seeds and tools distributed by ECC-MERU.

These displaced people have fled fighting between armed groups that have killed and raped people and burned, pillaged or destroyed their homes and farms in rural or forested areas of DR Congo. In addition, MCC provides education for all children through grade 12 and tarps for thatch houses and a health clinic for treatment for common illnesses. Emergency food also is distributed during periods of scarcity.

They are eager to put the next crop in their field because, despite the rich natural resources around them, Birhonoka and Mugoli have almost nothing — except nine children, ages eight months to 15 years, who they are trying to shepherd into a better life than they have known. They need the beans and corn to help feed their family.

Nine years ago, they fled their home in Masisi to escape armed groups that attacked the village, assaulted women, and killed people, including some of Mugoli’s brothers and sisters.

“The war-affected me so much,” Mugoli says. “I left many important things to save the life of my children. There are those who actually lost their children during wartime.”

In Masisi, they owned their own house and could support their growing family from their own land.

Now the family of 11 crowds into two rounded thatch huts at Mubimbi Camp.