Although the civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) officially ended in 2003, violence continues to plague parts of the country, posing a challenge to community development work and prolonging the humanitarian crisis.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo (PEAC) to implement a methodology called Ensemble Nous Pouvons (ENP, "Together We Can") to strengthen communities against conflict and improve resilience. Through this program, the Church works with local groups to mobilize their existing skills and resources to create community projects and income-generating activities. These efforts strengthen relationships by empowering people to shape their communities and build a better future together.
PEAC and Episcopal Relief & Development are also working with IMA World Health to address gender-based violence (GBV) through increasing church and community participation in GBV response, awareness and prevention. The program was piloted in the Diocese of Aru in 2016 to develop a context-specific methodology for use in other dioceses around the DRC.