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AVSI began operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, in the North and South Kivu areas in 1970, focusing on economic recovery and supporting education, agricultural production, food security and social and health care activities.
AVSI returned to DRC and expanded its involvement by responding to the emergency and reconstruction needs following the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in 2002.
Today, AVSI continues to maintain a significant presence in eastern DRC. Its work is extensive and encompassing, with a special emphasis on education but also focusing on food security, child protection and infrastructure rehabilitation in particular during periods of displacement. The numerous projects are very diverse in nature, as they originate from the specific challenges faced by the Congolese every day.
AVSI DRC, in coordination with Catholic Relief Service (CRS) and Mercy Corps, implemented the program ARCC III (Alternative Responses for Communities in Crisis), funded by UNICEF, UK Aid, the Japanese end Canadian Cooperation and European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).
AVSI DRC implemented RRPM with four international nongovernmental organization: IRC, NRC, Save the Children and Solidarités International. The objective was to conduct rapid needs-based evaluations and to supply integrated assistance to vulnerable populations affected by displacements, returns and/or natural disasters.