Many communities in eastern Central African Republic (CAR), northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan face the daily threat of violence and exploitation. Isolated and without basic protection, they are targeted by violent poachers and other armed groups who recognize and seek to exploit their vulnerability. The violence they face, related exploitation of wildlife and natural resources, and the ripple effects of insecurity (displacement, poverty, insecurity, etc.) leave individuals and whole communities struggling to overcome trauma, feelings of scarcity, and other stressors. This can be debilitating to communities already struggling to survive and also often results in community tensions and further violence.
For communities to have the opportunity to break free from cycles of violence, they must be equipped with basic resilience tools and information that allow them to safely and effectively respond to threats, protect the natural environment, resolve conflict, and prevent violence.
Alongside local organizations, we equip central African communities most vulnerable to and affected by violence with these tools by helping establish and support Community Resilience Committees in tandem with our Early Warning Radio Network and Trauma Healing initiatives.