Fighting poverty in the Congo
Jatukik Providence Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to combating poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo. JPF focuses on relief and sustainable development through community-based projects in health care, education, poverty alleviation, and conservation of the environment.
Dedicated to grassroots development through empowerment of local communities
JPF was formed in 1999 as an outgrowth of the work of Father Jean-Claude Atusameso, who has dedicated his life to bringing hope and opportunity to his fellow citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through partnerships with local communities, donors, and governments, JPF delivers opportunities, knowledge, and resources to empower the Congolese people to shape their futures free of poverty.
A track record of success and involvement in Congolese development
JPF’s deep roots in the Congolese, United States, and international development communities generate access to a seamless pipeline of resources, knowledge, and opportunities for battling poverty in the DRC. With a strong focus on long term, creative, effective, and sustainable strategies, JPF has become a leader among local relief organizations. Hand in hand with the Congolese people, and with the confidence of both local and international leaders, JPF is uniquely positioned to launch and expand effective programs that serve needy communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and provide for them a pathway out of poverty.
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.
Achievements in Kibeti include:
Construction of the Kibeti Health Center, a small health clinic in the ecovillage that provides needed medical services to local villagers who would otherwise travel great distances to receive care. The clinic treats approximately 25 patients per month for a range of ailments including cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, malaria, yellow fever, polio, and meningitis.
Establishment of two schools, one for young children and the other for adults, that collectively provide language, literacy, and vocational training to over 300 adults and children each month.
Implementation of democratic governing process and elections, which have significantly increased female representation in the village government (20% of elected officials are women compared to a mere 8% in the DRC’s national parliament).
The foundation has headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Washington, DC.