73. Support for the socio-professional reintegration of ex-combatants and other vulnerable children affected by wars
Support for the reintegration of child ex-combatants through vocational training, financed by the establishment of a community field.
Duration: 9 months
Beneficiaries: 67 children and 200 households
Total budget: 17 378,87 €
Outside financing sought: 15 114,18 €
The population of South Kivu Province in general and of the Uvira Territory in particular in the Ruzizi plain has experienced wars over the past two decades that have caused communities to mourn and destroyed basic infrastructure, including roads, schools and health facilities. This situation has caused many human rights violations, including the recruitment and use of children in armed forces and groups.
The Association Foyer d’enfant et femme, after conducting a survey of former children combatants, members of their foster family communities and certain local organizations, decided to support the socio-professional reintegration of children and other vulnerable groups affected by wars in order to help them become self-sufficient (able to pay school fees and meet other basic needs) and thereby prevent their reintegration into armed groups (national and foreign) still present on Congolese soil.
In order to ensure the sustainability of the project’s actions after its implementation, the beneficiaries will be brought together in a local development committee: the committee will cultivate a community field of about 10 hectares that it will have to manage for their well-being after the project. It is at this stage that the target groups and/or beneficiaries will be involved as parents of ex-combatant children, relatives of widows and orphans and the community will be responsible for the acquisition of the field, its ploughing and other related work until the harvest.
> The children in the project’s care are trained in a trade and gain financial autonomy;
> A community field is cultivated and a local development committee is set up to empower the 200 households affected by war and violence in the Ruzizi plain;
> 80% of local authorities (military, civil, political…) adopt positive attitudes towards human rights (especially of children and women).