TUBA Volunteers

Youth unemployment in rural areas leads to poverty. 

Where there is no jobs we teach our youth to volunteer.

Unemployment in Kikwit is higher as else where in DRC and this leads to more youth moving else where.

Progress Report

Report on the first 4 months in Congo.

In 2018, Fidele and I were living in Altoona, Pa. We received an invitation from the ECC (National Counsel of Protestant Churches in Congo) to travel to Congo to monitor the national election. During our time in Congo the decision was made to make DRC our permanent residence, and to take over the operation and expansion of TUBA. In the months that followed thousands of hectares (1 ha = 2.4 acre) of abandoned farmland were acquired. Partnerships with local farmers’ unions were established, and 170 men and women were employed in the preparation for clearing and planting 26 ha of the land for the first growing season.

Local Road Conditions

Roads Infrastructures mainly in rural areas are underfunded.

It took us more than 12 hours to travel 45 miles distance in between Kikwit the Capital city of Kwilu province and Malela the outskirt to visit our corn farm. 

We are discussing opportunities to build partnerships for public-private roads with the ministry of rural development. This partnership Public-Private will include roads Infrastructures rehabilitation around Kikwit.

Women and Land Ownership

In 2020, TUBA will continue its advocacy around Land and women’s right to own the Land.

The customary Law in Kwilu province and around villages where TUBA is doing agribusiness doesn’t allow women to be land owner.

Women and Land ownership has to bé addressed for social justice human rights and participative democracy in DRC.

In 2019 TUBA started talking with several local lawmakers about this social injustice and the way to reform the customary Law.