Caritas Bunia , Orientale

Caritas is a registered NGO with the national and provincial governments.


Bunia, Ituri district, Orientale province
Bunia diocese (Djugu and Irumu territories of the Ituri district)

Sectors of Intervention

WASH; food security; education; health; peace and justice; humanitarian assistance in time of emergency; protection of vulnerable populations (orphans, children, survivors of sexual violence)


Established in Bunia in 1978, Caritas Bunia functions as a development organizationimplementing activities with the Ecumenical Development Office of the Catholic Diocese of Bunia.Caritas Bunia is a branch of Caritas DRC. Caritas is one of the main providers of health care in itsarea of operation, running six hospitals at Jiba, Lita, Geti, Fataki, Drodro, and Tchomia. Caritas hasan excellent reputation locally, has a proven track record of program management, and has workedwith many international funders, including the Pooled Fund (via UNICEF), Memisa Belgium, theWorld Bank (via Caritas Congo), Trócaire, CORDAID, and CAFOD.


Contribute to the integral promotion of humanity



  • Research and pursue activities concerning social progress at the economic and sociocultural levels
  • Promote human rights and peace
  • Assist vulnerable populations and help them achieve social, economic, and sociocultural progress


Populations Served

The entire population of the Irumu and Djugu territories, although populations directly served vary by project and program. Caritas Bunia works with all populations, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or other factors.



  • Health: Caritas Bunia works through local committees to pay for free health care for poor populations. In addition, it provides funding to hospitals and health centers, including provision of drugs and staff training.
  • WASH: Caritas Bunia supports water service in Bunia, Lita, Jiba, and Drodro. In the past it used funding from UNICEF for a sanitation and hygiene program, but this program is over.
  • Food security: Caritas Bunia provides some indigent families with food items and animals.
  • Education: Caritas Bunia is involved in the rehabilitation and provisioning of schools.
  • Peace and justice: Caritas Bunia is actively involved in local coalitions to address the exploitation of natural resources in Ituri and prevent use of these resources by armed groups to sustain armed conflict.



The bishop of Bunia has ultimate responsibility for Caritas Bunia, but the organizationalso has a management structure, including a board of directors that guides the organization’s work. At itsheadquarters in Bunia, Caritas has 40 employees, 22 of whom have university degrees or have graduatedfrom technical schools. Caritas has an additional 251 employees working in six health zones,including 12 doctors.

Caritas has an account with BIC in Bunia. For financial, administrative, and personnel management,Caritas has:


  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: YES
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES




  • Credibility through connection with the Catholic Church and long-term development experience in the region
  • Strong connection with local communities and local organizations
  • Multisectoral work helps it coordinate with other NGOs




  • Organizationally, seeks to improve its managerial capacity to cope with expanded programs and funding
  • Programmatically, seeks to recruit and retain more technical staff—for example, WASH experts
  • Seeks to upgrade its computer technology, including acquisition of current software for all its computers


Funders and Budget

Caritas Bunia’s annual budget is approximately $500,000. Funders include Trócaire, UNDP, CAFOD, Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM), and the World Bank (via UNICEF).



  • Runs six hospitals in Djugu and Irumu territories
  • In 2010, provided psychosocial assistance to 246 survivors of sexual violence
  • In 2010, rehabilitated the school at Lenge village, equipped the classrooms, and built latrines
  • In 2010, rehabilitated the market at Katoto village
  • In 2010, reconstructed buildings for the hospital at Lita village
  • In 2010, distributed baby pigs to 1,150 households in eight parishes of Bunia diocese. Also provided training and assistance with veterinary care
  • In 2010, provided socioeconomic assistance for reintegration to 1,060 ex-combatants
  • In 2010, rehabilitated structures, including latrines and water points, at the notorious Bunia prison
  • In 2010, distributed nonfood item kits to more than 2,000 households in the troubled Geti area, where there is rebel activity


Organizational Vision

Caritas Bunia’s main long-term goal is to improve the condition of the population of Ituri. To achieve this goal, Caritas Bunia seeks to expand its current programs and extend its work to help agricultural communities with small-business development. Caritas Bunia also plans to increase its work with women’s organizations and integrate women more completely into its programs and staff.

Project Proposals


  • Construction of water points: Caritas proposes addressing the urgent need for improved water sources in and around Bunia, which has swelled in population as a result of war. Caritas will construct 50 water points in 50 locations on the outskirts of Bunia, where most new arrivals have settled, thereby providing safe water sources for 2,250 households. Cost: $37,500 (Caritas requests $25,000 and will contribute the remaining $12,500.)
  • Rehabilitating a water distribution network: Caritas proposes rehabilitating a water distribution system in the town of Lita that was constructed in 1992 and partially rehabilitated in 2006. Caritas would like to complete the rehabilitation effort by improving water sources, constructing a new cistern, and extending the water network to four new villages. This will benefit more than 11,000 people in 1,846 households, in 14 villages. Cost: $100,000
  • Rehabilitating a water system in Bunia: Caritas runs one of the two water distribution systems in Bunia (the other is run by the state company REGIDESO). Caritas would like to rehabilitate this system (the Ngongo system), which will benefit more than 6,500 households (63,000 people) plus Bunia’s central prison, central market, reference hospital, schools, and religious buildings. Cost: $309,450 (Caritas requests $300,000 and will contribute $9,450.)



Abbé Eustache Roger Tsorve, director, +243.998.492.554, +243.810.079.202,

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