Congo Leadership Initiative

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a nation yet to reach its enormous potential. Presbyterians have had a significant presence there for centuries and local Presbyterian churches continue to provide much needed services to Congo's neglected population. We are proud to have a deep connection with Congo today and provide yearly support to CLI through the Mission Budget.


In 2009, Nathaniel Houghton, a young member of our church, visited the leaders of the Presbyterian community in Kinshasa, Congo. OP Presbyterian Church supported the trip and it yielded insights about the true causes of Congo's underdevelopment. Nathaniel subsequently founded the Congo Leadership Initiative (CLI), a nonprofit organization that develops the next generation of leaders to be catalysts for peace and prosperity in Congo.

CLI's flagship Leadership Institute — a 50-hour program that uses a combination of theory and practice-based training — equips Congolese youth with a range of skills related to leadership and entrepreneurship. After graduating, youth are eligible to receive funding from CLI to make positive change in their communities.

Young leaders work in teams to launch major projects. They receive low interest micro-loans for a small business or community service project where they put their newfound skills and values into practice.

The ten year anniversary of the creation of the Congo Leadership Initiative in 2019 came with the announcement by Nate to name Robert Kumkum, Head of Programming and Emmanuel Baraka,
Head of Microfinance as Co-Founders in the organization.  

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