Edutainment and Pycho-Social Support for the four Conflict-affected Congolese Minority Ethnic Groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Update posted by Alex Mahoro On Dec 11, 2019

On Monday, 9th December 2019, a partner meeting with Congo Voluntary Development Association (COVODA) was held.


The Objective of the meeting was “To present minembwe community programme concept and working budget for adoption and ownership BY covoda; and contexualise the budget to fit the drc context”

In an interactive session, M/s Akiteng Stella (pictured in black coat/jacket) explained the Concept https://gogetfunding.com/support-drc-minorityethni... to the COVODA Team. The budget was not touched because of the need to first know and understand how to use the cash thus the budget would be handled another time at a later date. Other issues (recommendations) arising:-

  • Do an initial needs assessment of the Minembwe Community; followed by an on-going needs assessment of Minembwe which should inform the log frame and final budget.
  • Strongly indicate that the project is being spearheaded (initiated/supported) by an organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

COVODA, also with a presence in Minembwe, hosted M/s Akiteng from 7th December 2019 to 9th December 2019 in the DRC Goma Town. The program included Site seeing/visits, also held were conversations on respective program overviews/updates and how to consolidate the partnership and build on existing/past program results and efforts.

A total of atleast $260 Crowd funding raised off-line facilitated the trip that entailed five travel days (7th-8th December 2019 and 9th -11th December 2019); below are the estimates and well-wishers that contributed towards transport and other travel costs:-

  • COVODA - $135 towards Visa fees plus other travel costs, accommodation, feeding, transport including local travel.
  • Bishop Enock Okonji - $50 towards transport (transfer and withdraw charges inclusive)
  • M/s Marion Akiteng - $18
  • Mrs. Martha Apeduno Mwesigwa - $28
  • M/s Grace Alupo - $20
  • M/s Kevin Aboce - $3
  • M/s Rebecca Ameri - $6


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Update posted by Alex Mahoro On Nov 18, 2019






Through translations (e.g. French, Kiswahili and Kinyamulenge), pre-testing etc, these Peace messages (e-IEC Materials) were among others made possible by: -

  • Alex Mahoro, Campaign Owner, a Congolese Munyamulenge based in Rwanda.
  • Planning for Tomorrow (P4T), Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Kikuube District, Western Uganda
  • Severine Allute, Director at Institute for Peace and Conflict studies Africa Network (IPCsAN), Regional Office in Dar es salaam
  • Eastern Africa Workcamps Association Network (EAWANET), Regional Office in Kampala, Central Uganda.
  • Institute for Social Policy and Research (ISPR) in south sudan.
  • Bishop Enock Okonji, Christian Mission Ministry (in Bungoma, Kenya)
  • Agago Advocates for Tax Justice and Human’s Rights Organization (AGATAJHRO), Agago district, Northern Uganda
  • African Centre for Social Protection and Reviews (ACSPR), Nwoya District, Northern Uganda
  • Mildred Okonji, Volunteer, Kenya based
  • Congo Voluntary Development Association (COVODA), headquarters in Goma, DRC.
  • Intercultural Development Agency (IDA), Ngora District, Eastern Uganda

Inaddition to the A2 posters, we also have got e-car stickers (A3) and printable versions that can be shared on request; making both on-line circulation/Share and off-line distribution of Peace messages possible.


Altogether Promoting and contributing to:-

  • African Agenda 2063: The Africa we want specifically aligned to the aspirations
    - Aspiration 4 – A Peaceful and secure Africa;
    - Aspiration 6 – An Africa, where development is people driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children;

  • East African Community (EAC) Agenda “One People, One Destiny”;


  • Sustainable Development Goals (sDGs)
    - SDG 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
    - SDG 5.Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
    - SDG 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
    - SDG 17.Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

    WE DID JOIN THE CAMPAIGN, WILL YOU?

Thank you all for your usual support!

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Update posted by Alex Mahoro On Nov 01, 2019

Planning for Tomorrow Youth Organisation (P4T) was contacted by Intercultural Development Agency (IDA) to become a partner in the ongoing development of IEC materials to be used in Minembwe Community of DRC. The IEC materials contain messages in different languages to communicate about peace in the target community.

P4T is a refugee founded community based organisation that is striving to create a healthy and self-reliant community with knowledge and skills in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Kikuube District, Uganda. IDA is a non-profit, non-governmental community based organisation registered under Ngora District Local Government in Uganda to conserve and exploit local natural resources, cultural resources and the environment towards sustainable development. The IEC material production and distribution is an activity under the project entitled “Edutainment and psychosocial support of the 04 conflict affected minority groups in Minembwe of the DRC”, an initiative of Alex Mahoro, a Congolese Munyamulenge based in Rwanda.

P4T mobilised 10 Congolese refugees who originally came from the Minembwe Community. They were shown the graphics and messages for IECs, and asked to give their feedback in terms of 1. What messages they get from the graphics, and the relevance of the different graphic features, 2. How they understand the messages (02 statements) in the IEC, 3. The quality of the different translations, and 4. What should change from the graphics so as to match the IEC messages?


Conclusion

The consultation was fruitful as participants were very interested in providing feedback. This was a result of good mobilisation and the provision of clear background of purpose for the consultation. The messages that they derived from the picture (before reading the message) can tell what the community will perceive at first sight as some community members do not know how to read. The translations were adjusted to match the common phrases used in the community, away from the perfect Kiswahili (Swahili Sanifu). While not all the feedback can be considered, we feel that the imformation obtained can be very useful in designing the final IEC materials.

Challenges

Politics – Minembwe is a highly divided community and having the different tribes in the same room was not easy as other participants did not want to over disclose their thoughts and one participant actually refused our request to take a photo.

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Update posted by Alex Mahoro On Oct 20, 2019

Greetings to all,

We have been doing consultations on diverse issues with a cross section of actors towards having the execution of this programme intervention (campaign) already started. To that effect, through synergies built, we have been able to identify a training package Curricula - IDEA4Africa recommended by Planning for Tomorrow (P4T) an implementing partner mandated by the Government of the Republic of Uganda to address refugee issues/challenges. P4T serves cummunity at Kyangwali Refugee Settlement-a settlement in Kikuube District, Western Uganda that majorly hosts refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

P4T has been applying the functionality of this Curricula among DRC Youth at Kyangwali Refugee settlement. Through this campaign, we also expect to replicate and scale up the functionality of this curricula not only among young people but also women in the DRC community of especially MINEMBWE. This is in line with the campaign programme activity “Mobile Vocational Training school”.

We shall take advantage of this opportunity to further test the curricula and recommend possible ammendments to suit also women.

We believe that instead of developing a new training package on business development etc, we need to utlise already available relevant content. This is because it is more sustainable and cost-effective building on and developing already existent structures/efforts/investments.

Thank you for your kind partnership gesture,

Campaign Team

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My name is Alex Mahoro born of the Banyamulenge Ethnicity at the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) -,Central Africa.

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