69. Support to the schooling of poor rural families of Mbanza-Ngungu through small livestock rearing
The Democratic Republic of Congo disposes of ample agricultural production potential, but strangely, its population continues to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. 43 % of Congolese children of less than 5 years suffer from chronic malnutrition and 13% suffer from severe malnutrition. More than 70% of the Congolese live under the poverty threshold. For UNESCO, this is one of the key causes of school drop out.
Beneficiaries: 1 500 young pupils from 300 poor rural families
Duration: 45 months
Promotor: Mouvement d’Appui pour la Promotion de la Famille (MAPROFAM)
Total Cost: 61 500 €
Outside financing sought: 44 872 €
Cost per beneficiary: 205 €/family.
The project area (Mbanza-Ngungu of Bas Congo) is dominantly rural and the project intends to raise revenues through rabbit rearing. The project comprises; on a piece of land of 2 ha, build and equip a farm of 160 m2 for the construction of 20 individual and 10 collective rabbit hushes for vegetative and animal reproduction and multiplication; the development of a network of 300 poor rural families with school age children. ; the distribution of « family kits » comprising the basic elements for rabbit rearing.; advocacy campaigns to convince the government to extend the project at national scale. Project management by the promoter together with IDAY-DRC and IDAY-International. The beneficiaries reimburse part or whole of the rabbits at a variable rate depending on the number of rabbits received. The investment period is assumed to last 3 years ½.
The beneficiaries are 270 families in couple, 30 mono-parental families, 1 500 young school of which 51% are girls.
The participating families contribute 20% of project costs through provision of material and labour to construct the rabbit cages. Breeding will be entirely « bio », no chemical product will be used.
Families will be sensitised and trained to this type of breeding and on the uncertainties related to market fluctuations.
Government services participate in the project as they support an initiative that will provide additional income to the families to school their children.
Total costs are estimated at 61 500 €, the participating families and promoter contributing 16 627 € or 27%. Since families will reimburse the same or a higher number of rabbits received initially, the project is sustainable.
The rate of school dropouts will shrink significantly by an estimated 25% at least. Global school registration level rises to 85% and the level of chronic undernourishment will drop by at least 10%. The government will be invited to scale up the project to other provinces. About 50 project presentations with government representatives, local families and concerned international organisations like UNICEF, FAO, PAM, UNESCO, will motivate families and authorities to extend the project further.