Congo (DR)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in central Africa. It is the third-largest country in the African continent. The equator passes right through Congo-DRC and in this part of the country, the temperature does not drop below 20 degrees Celsius.

Quick Facts

Population: 75 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Over 200 African ethnic groups. The four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) -45%.
Languages: French (official), Lingala , Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Religions: Roman Catholic (50%), Protestant (20%), Kimbanguist (10%), Muslim (10%), other (10%)

Congolese In Toronto

Congolese Population:
In Canada: 24,965
In the GTA: 3,335

Congo-DRC, formerly Zaire, is home to nearly 250 ethno-linguistic groups and numerous sub-groups. In 1972, President Mobutu (who gained power as a result of a military coup in 1965) decreed that only six organized religions were allowed to operate and own property, but there has been religious freedom since 1980.Today, the majority of the population identifies as Christian, but traditional beliefs are also prevalent. According to these traditional beliefs, life never ends (for example, people may offer ancestors a drink by pouring beer onto the ground.) These traditional beliefs also hold that even inaminate objects have life and deserve respect.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

All Nations Full Gospel Church
4401 Steeles Avenue West
Toronto, ON
M3N 2S4
Phone: 416-665-9964

References: 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 22). The World Factbook: Congo, Democratic Republic of the. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cg.html

Congolese (Zairians). (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 144-149). 
Detroit: Gale. Retrieved July 14, 2014, from
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.) Congo, Democratic Republic of the (DROC) - Location, size, and extent. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Congo, Democratic Republic of the. 
Retrieved July 8, 2014, from http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/ci-ic-eng.asp?iso=cd#cn-2 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Congo, Democratic Republic of the. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data
. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/