Child and Youth Care Organization is a voice for vulnerable children in the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our mission is to improve their lives through emergency aid in natural disasters, wars, and other conflicts. Funds raised will give children access to an education, by providng schools fees, materials,and uniforms.Additional financial support will help to ensure a community where everyone has access to quality, nutritious food, and understands the consequences of hunger and poor nutrition.
Intensified intercommunal clashes between a group of militias, known as the Mai-Mai, a group
of militias originated from the Bafuliru, Babembe and Banyindu communities .These are the
armed groups which are affiliated only with purpose to fight and kill the Banyamulenge
community .This has severely disrupted social cohesion since year 2017 to now. The Mai-Mai
group of militias who consider themselves as “indigenous” Congolese are fighting the cattle-
herding Banyamulenge community – often labeled as outsiders due to their Rwandan origin.
This community of Rwandaphone Tutsi cattle breeders claims it is being targeted by an
extermination plan, led by the Mai-Mai Ebu-Ela, Aochi, Mulumba and Biloze-Bishambuke
groups, allied with Burundi rebel groups. Continuous violence has led to widespread killings,
looting, burning down of villages and large-scale displacement across South Kivu’s highlands.
Currently; over 75000 people are displaced with no shelter nor food. Half of those are
concentrated in Minembwe center. People have lost lives,their villages have been burnt to ashes
along with their food stores, which were run from their houses; livestock has been destroyed, and
others have been looted.
DRC, and specifically, Minembwew/Southern Kivu, has been caught in a cycle of violence. The
result of a long history of tensions and violence is a profound lack of trust between communities,
and between communities and political authorities. South Kivu in particular, where CYCO’s
work has focused, continue to experience periodic clashes and military confrontations involving
several old and new armed groups and the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique de
Massive human rights abuses are already underway since 2017 to now in the current tribal
war at all sides Banyamulenge, Babembe and the Bafulero in the Democratic Republic of
Congo. This problem has kept on growing even in the current government where the
current report from human rights watch shows that discrimination and massacres
accounting to 47% still exist against the Banyamulenge ethnicity which calls for special
attention from various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), government bodies, and Non-
Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to come together for the purpose of saving lives of
innocent people who are killed and whose their homes are destroyed and many of the victims
still need basic needs for their survival.
Since year 2017 Minembwe in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, sexual violence
against women and girls is rampant and used as a weapon of war by most forces involved
in conflict. Rape and other forms of sexual brutality are integral to the war and often carried out with impunity.
Children are being abandoned by their families leaving them without protection and subject to mistreatment and exploitation.
these are direct consequences of the atrocities toward children in South kivu DRC/CONGO
Children in rural and urban areas are at risk from malnutrition
Children and their families have been forced to leave their homes.
Children who have been displaced or separated from their families may not have
adequate food, clothing, shelter, or access to basic medical care.
Children are recruited into the armed forces. They make up approximately 50% of the
armed forces in Minembwe rural commune.
Children have little or no access to school