This sustainable peacekeeping project for young people in Goma targets youth vulnerable to unemployment and violence. CBCA and CBM aim to empower young men and women and promote peace in communities through practical and entrepreneurial skills training. Support this project through financial contributions and prayer.
Nearly half of the population in the Democratic Republic of Congo are under 15 years of age. The approximated percentage of youth struggling with poverty and unemployment in the DR Congo is 80%. With the eastern part of the country still facing security problems with rebel group movements, the large number of youths in Goma are especially vulnerable to be recruited and involved in violence and crimes. The government has implemented demobilization programs and school; however, these programs are inaccessible to many who cannot go to school. Financial support is greatly needed for local churches who are overwhelmed by the financial needs of youth people in the area.
To ensure youth are protected from poverty and recruitment into violence, CBM assists CBCA in empowering the youth of Goma, and youth in the city of Gisenyi, Rwanda, to be involved in peacekeeping and self-reliant entrepreneurship.