Masisi is a town located in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The area faces serious humanitarian challenges from years of ongoing conflict, corruption and hostility. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation that have been operating in the country since 1994, responding to emergencies and providing humanitarian relief to impoverished communities in need of essential necessities such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
One of the many challenges faced by communities in the region is the lack of basic infrastructure. The conditions of the roads are extremely poor, sometimes none existent, making travel by vehicle or on foot, very difficult and the journey very long. Part of Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme for Masisi was to rehabilitate vital roads in the area. Several sections of road were simply eroded and washed away during monsoon rains, leaving the road impassable and villages isolated. Geotextiles East Africa was awarded the supply contract and handled the logistics to deliver essential gabions and geotextiles to construct road crossings over deep voids.