About the project

Our work focuses on the province of South Kivu. In this area, half of the population is under 15 and 34.3% of people cannot read or write.

Many girls and boys do not receive an education; this threatens their psychophysical and cognitive development as well as their prospects for life and future employment. Many girls drop out of school because of high school fees, a lack of motivation, marrying or falling pregnant at a young age, or family obligations. Despite the fact that the Government approved a gradual transition to free primary education in 2010, the minerval (school fee) is still a significant barrier for over 60% of households.

In this area, we collaborate with Foyer Ek’abana. The aim of this centre, founded in 2002, is the rehabilitation, education, and social and professional integration of girls and teenagers who find themselves on the fringes of society for various reasons, including accusations of witchcraft.

Our tireless operators work to welcome and support hundreds of girls and boys who have been forced out of their homes in the city of Bukavu. We strive to provide quality schooling and protection to the most vulnerable children from the city’s poorest districts.

In many cases, access to education can limit the phenomenon of child labour. However, families can often scarce afford to forego the earnings brought in by their children. To deal with this situation, we have launched training courses on income-generating activities and entrepreneurship (sewing, small-scale crop farming, livestock farming, etc.) for teenagers and young women. In addition, we incentivise and support economic growth by providing micro-credits for small-scale business ventures.

We have also begun to work on raising awareness of the problems affecting vulnerable minors in order to foster a culture of solidarity. A key aspect of these awareness initiatives is our Peace Club concept. These are training courses held in schools and aimed at parents; they cover issues such as alcoholism, cults and superstition.

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Where we work

South Kivu Province, City of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Costs

50.000 CHF

Beneficiaries

12 urban communities
15 parents' committees

Backers
Private donors
Movement for the Fight Against Hunger in the World
"Amici di Silvana" Association

General objective
To facilitate access to education and vocational training for marginalised girls, boys and adolescents in the city of Bukavu.

Specific objective
To support the reintegration of street children into schools, to protect girls and young women accused of witchcraft, and to promote entrepreneurship and vocational training among teenagers and young women.

Expected results

Reintegration into families for girls accused of witchcraft; a rise in school attendance and a fall in child labour in the city of Bukavu.


Project Partners
Archdiocese of Bukavu
Institut supérieur pédagogique de Bukavu (Higher Pedagogical Institute of Bukavu)