Convinced of the central place that responsible companies can take in strengthening civil society TMB supports various civil society initiatives in the DRC including in the areas of art, education, ecology, and health care.
TMB promotes a long-term commitment to the DRC. Our commitment to investing in our community emphasises partnering with those who in particular are focused on the long term well-being of the population, who prioritise in investing in rural areas of the country and who are committed to environmentally and socially sustainable solutions to the needs of the Congo.
Some of the projects currently being supported by TMB include:
- Le Monde des Flamboyants
- VAS-Y FILLE !
- CHIRPA ASBL
Le Monde des Flamboyants, centre culturel de la TMB
Alongside its banking activities, TMB has created a permanent cultural centre at its regional headquarters in Kinshasa: le Monde des Flamboyants.
The cultural centre organises exhibitions by artists, painters, sculptors, photographers and cultural events. In doing so TMB opens its door to Congolese artists to express their talent and invites you to discover them.
For TMB the centre allows the Bank to pay tribute to the richness and diversity of the Congolese arts scene and to provide a professional stage for artists to display their work.
Each new exhibition opens with a private viewing; customers, TMB partners, people involved in the arts world and the press are invited.
Exhibitions are free and open to all members of the public, from Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 4.00 pm and on Saturday, from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm.
With the willingness to contribute to the expression of Congolese art, TMB provides all exhibition space for free to artists and takes no commission on works that are sold there.
Through this initiative TMB continues to develop its role in civil society by bringing the world of artists into contact with the wider public and by making the art accessible to everyone.
VAS-Y FILLE ! Un projet de valorisation de la scolarisation des filles
TMB is committed to ensuring the success of the ‘VAS-Y Fille!’ programme, which aims to increase the participation rate of girls in formal education.
The programme, ‘Valorisation de la Scolarisation de la Fille: VAS-Y Fille !’, is supported by UKaid (the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development) and, in coordination with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is being implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) together with the Catholic Relief Service and Save the Children in partnership with Trust Merchant Bank and Airtel.
Despite measures taken by the DRC Government to secure universal education for all children, only 48% of girls finished primary school in 2011. Barriers to education are particularly strong for women and girls: 49% of women aged 15 to 24 cannot read or write and 4 million girls aged 5 to 17 are excluded from the formal education system. Vas-Y Fille!’ is a three-year long, $34 million (£22 million) project funded by the British Government. This financial investment demonstrates the United Kingdom’s considerable commitment to the fight against the economic, socio-cultural and educational barriers that hinder girls’ enrolment, retention and completion of formal education in the DRC.
The primary objective of the ‘VAS-Y Fille!’ programme is to increase and secure enrolment, learning and school completion for an estimated 137,360 marginalised girls in the DRC. The programme is designed to:
(1) Increase parental financial capacity to support girls in primary education;
(2) Improve girls’ reading and maths skills through teacher training, tutoring and community reading programmes;
(3) Increase community involvement ensuring girls’ access to quality education in a safe environment;
(4) Increase civil society engagement in providing alternative learning opportunities that will allow out-of-school girls to complete primary education.
This ambitious project, launched on June 12 2013 in Mbandaka, forms part of UKaid’s global ‘Girls Education Challenge’ programme and will be rolled-out in more than 400 schools across five provinces in the Congo, namely Bandundu, Equateur, Kasaï Oriental, Katanga and Province Orientale.
TMB is actively involved in the implementation of the project, in particular, through participation of local TMB branches across the project’s five provinces, participation in implementation meetings and through facilitating the opening of bank accounts for the participating schools. Moreover TMB is actively lending its banking expertise to project partners on simplifying banking procedures and sending money in oftentimes remote areas within the five provinces.
COMEQUI organisation aims to contribute to sustainable development in the African Great Lakes’ region.
Since 2008, COMEQUI ASBL has been working to give farmers in the region the means to take concrete and effective action towards sustainable development, in order to increase their revenues and to be able to meet the needs of their families (such as the education of children and medical treatment).
In particular COMEQUI supports farmers to achieve fair trade and organic certification for their produce and also works to encourage the creation of cooperatives in the region.
TMB is proud to support COMEQUI. In the east of the country, COMEQUI is providing concrete and lasting support to men and women who are not only facing social and economic difficulties, but are also constantly suffering the consequences of conflicts and wars in the region.
For more information on COMEQUI, including on how you can support the organisation’s activities, please contact:
TMB is committed to supporting CHIRPA ASBL’s activities in the field of health and in particular pediatric surgery.
CHIRPA (CHIRurgie Pédiatrique en Afrique – Pediatric Surgery in Africa) is a not-for-profit organisation born from a partnership between Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgique (Chain of Hope-Belgium), Chaîne de l’Espoir RDC (Chain of Hope-DRC) and Espoir de Vie Lisanga Lya Elikya (Life Hope). Amongst its many activities CHIRPA ASBL facilitates access to specialised medical care for children, responds to the needs of medical training, contributes to investment in medical equipment, and provides support in clinic management.
For three years now TMB has been supporting CHIRPA ASBL here in the DRC. Recently we assisted with health care and travel costs for a young Congolese girl, Joyce, to travel to Belgium for surgery to treat a heart defect. After a strong recovery, Joyce has since returned to her family in Kinshasa.
In the province of Katanga, where TMB’s headquarters are located, the Bank is supporting the activities of Congolese NGO Mikembo.
Mikembo and its sister association Mukini, a Belgian NGO, work on promoting socio-economic development within rural communities of Katanga, in particular through education and the establishment of schools. The organisations are also active in the areas of sanitation and health, the promotion of crop diversification and programmes to protect native fauna and flora. Through various partnerships Mikembo and Mukini support scientific studies related to the above fields.
The purpose of Mikembo is to ensure respect for all people, regardless of origin, and for the environment in which we live.
Please check out the following website for more information on Mikembo, including on how you can support the organisation’s activities: mikembo-mukini.org/en