Responding to the country’s urgent health care needs, JPF built the Kibeti Health Center, which provides the only basic health services available to the poor villagers and subsistence farmers in the Kwilu District of Bandundu Province. People trek great distances by foot and on bicycle to avail themselves of care provided by four medically trained nurses. The community benefits both through direct treatments of diseases as well as through education programs about preventive care.
Additionally, JPF operates an orphanage in Kinshasa which provides care and adoptive services to over 200 children.
JPF runs three schools in the DRC, one in the capital city of Kinshasa and the other two in the rural village of Kibeti. The schools provides language, literacy, computer skills, and vocation-based programs for adults as well as a basic elementary education for young children in Kibeti.
The education and training programs in Kinshasa exemplify JPF’s development strategy, which centers on community empowerment at the grassroots level. The education program strives not only to equip students with practical skills to succeed in the work force and support their families, but also to promote a sense of confidence in their abilities to transform their lives and improve the communities in which they live.
Jatukik Providence Foundation’s success in comprehensive, grassroots development is best exemplified by its ongoing project in the DRC’s Bandundu province, home to the Kibeti ecovillage. JPF’s unique ecovillage model provides comprehensive area development, stresses local ownership of the projects, and facilitates community governance. JPF’s Kibeti ecovillage is a collection of 13 smaller villages whose community comprises approximately 20,000 people.
ADVOCACY: WORKING TOWARDS CONFLICT-FREE MINERALS
In addition to its programs on the ground, JPF plays a critical role in generating awareness for issues and policies affecting Congolese communities in the United States and around the world. JPF has been active in engaging governmental and private sector support for conflict mineral legislation, in particular Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The 1502 provision requires companies with products that contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold (“3TG”) to report whether these minerals originated in the Congo or a neighboring country.
By increasing transparency and accountability in corporate supply chains, the legislation intends to reduce or eliminate important funding sources for illegal armed militia groups that use slave and child labor to profit from the mineral trade and employ rape and murder as tactics to assert authority and control over various territories within the DRC.
JPF is working with the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for the Congo Campaign, international development consulting firm, Devconia LLC, and the Congolese diaspora community in an effort to increase the conflict mineral issue’s visibility and to facilitate cooperation from corporations here in the Unites States.