What we do

The NGO member’s of COAV Kivu work with very limited means resulting from gifts, contributions of these members, and rarely external funds.

Conscious of their limited means, the members of COAV give priority to projects of fast and durable impact for their recipients.

We work in the following areas:

Education

Children need to develop themselves in a protective environment. The educational place (schools), is the best for providing this protective environment. The level of schooling is on average of 30%, reaching 12% in rural environment and 40% in town. Above this, the conditions of children schooling are still precarious in many area of the Nord Kivu. The non schooled children are from time to time recruited by different armed groups (boys as fighters, intelligence agents, and military conveyors, girls as sexual slaves). The members of COAV organize two kinds of education which are:

Education strategies

Sponsors

Health

The access to health care for a country led 32 years of miss management, followed by 16 years of civil wars are still very difficult. There is less health taking in charge infrastructures. Above all, these which exist are some times in very bad conditions and missing nurses and drugs. The unemployment level being more than 90%, families have difficulty to access to medical care. That pushes the most of sick persons to self medication and use of medicine plants.

Strategies

Sponsors

World Bank through certain services of the state such as “fond social de la république” (FSRDC).

Breeding Programs

School fees, health costs, and food to eat are hard to come by due to the social structure of the area that supports incomes to families. Small animal breeding helps the majority of the vulnerable people to provide some and sometimes all of these requirements. Fish breeding and bee-keeping give products which are consumed and sold to generate the incomes to the families. Apart from the above breeding the main breeding is still the rabbits, pigs, chickens and goat breeding.

Strategy

Agriculture

The community fields help the people to work in collective and decrease the violence made on them when they work individually on their own fields. The agriculture product is sold, and the income is used in micro-credits activities. The fight against erosion, the multiplication of seeds and fertilizer composting are the technique used.

Prospected strategies

Professions Training

Basket making, tannery, sewing, joinery, masonry and computer skills.

Prospected strategy

The wool produced by the sheep could be used by the vulnerable women to weave clothes.

Technical assistance

Among NGO member’s of COAV Kivu, one is in charge of technical infrastructure, mainly installing, managing solar panels, and to utilize solar energy as a clean solution to limited resources.

Community development activity

Organizing the basic communities to built the basic social infrastructures such as schools, health centers, opening of community fields for agricultural products, grouping farmers in cooperatives, water supply, fighting diseases, etc.