Great Lakes Restoration's Projects    

Bukavu Action Team | Six Million Pennies | Pigs for Peace | NCH | Hospital Rehabilitation
Orphans of War | Workshop Schools | Women's Empowerment | Buildings for Peace | AICR
HIV Infected Children | Stadium for Peace Building

Buildings for Peace

This project is the biggest single endeavor undertaken by GLR. It is also one of the most important   because it will change the living conditions in eastern Congo dramatically, thereby changing the lives of the people and enhancing the opportunities for peace.

Buildings for Peace is a means to help the people of the DRC, specifically in the Great Lakes region, solve the problems of housing and employment and contribute to the growth of stability, prosperity and recovery from the recent civil wars in these areas by providing other opportunities for the people living there. The project will be constructed and managed utilizing local labor and resources, and funded by FDI. Then, the project will develop into two or more Sustainable Local Enterprises (SLE) in the construction and similar industries providing employment and development of housing and related infrastructure. The initial focus in the eastern DRC, based on current GLR partners, could be expanded to serve as a model for use throughout the entire DRC, increasing stability and redirecting the focus of the Congolese people toward peaceful and productive pursuits.

Project Goals:

  1. Build 2,000 houses in each province (South Kivu and Katanga) – a total of 4,000.
  2. Involve American businesses to facilitate economic and social growth by developing SLE models based on local customs and conditions; providing training necessary to the success of those SLE models; and, initially mange project implementation.
  3. Teach each employee a productive skill that will permit him or her to contribute to the economic security of their family, community, and country.
  4. Pay each employee a “living” salary consistent with local conditions, even while in training.

Buildings For Peace Funding:
It is estimated that 90% of the funding of this project would come from FDI with the initial startup cost of 10% being generated by the local and/or national Governments in the DRC.  A major portion of this initial and ongoing expenditure will be directly invested back in the DRC for salaries, training costs, and other services.