Kinshasa, 27 May, 2020 / 3:07 am (ACI Africa).
Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have partnered with the European Union (EU) for a nine-month sensitization project dubbed “Support project for the prevention of COVID-19 in the DRC through communication for behavior change during and after the epidemic” worth Eur.2 million (US$2.17 million).
Aimed at sensitizing the people of God in the Central African nation about COVID-19 including preventing its spreading in communities, the program is to be spearheaded by the Commission for Justice and Peace of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Commission for Justice, Peace and the Safeguarding of Creation of the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC).
“Beyond these two churches, all religious denominations and civil society organizations welcome the initiative taken by the EU to finance this project,” the Archbishop of Kinshasa, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo was quoted saying during the Friday, May 22 launch held at the Inter-diocesan Centre in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa.
DRC has recorded at least 2,403 cases of COVID-19 including 240 recoveries and 68 related deaths.
The leadership of CENCO has reported that the religious bodies in the country set to benefit from the COVID-19 sensitization grant will engage in three main types of activities.