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Mon expérience dans la vie associative au Sud-Kivu

En 2004, j'ai décidé de quitter la province Orientale (Kisangani) pour m'installer dans ma province natale , le Sud-Kivu.Deux ans après j'ai eu l'idée d' y implanter mon association AFEDECO en commençant par le chef lieu de la province qui est Bukavu.

- Là, nous avons rassemblé les femmes désœuvrées: filles mères , veuves et femmes déplacées qui avaient fui des exactions(viols, pillages ) dans leurs villages respectifs.Nous les encadrons jusqu'à présent dans ces différents métiers : coupe et couture, savonnerie, tissage des paniers, crochetage en vue de les rendre utiles à la communauté et autonomes. Compte tenu de leur niveau souvent trop bas d'instruction, nous associons à ces métiers l'alphabétisation. En plus, nous les sensibilisons aux droits de la femme et de l' enfant.

- A Mwenga et Kamituga situés respectivement à 130 et 175km de Bukavu , une zone forestière où nous encadrons les femmes constituées en grande partie des violées , victimes de la présence du groupe armé
rwandais FDLR dans leur milieu.En plus des activités de Bukavu, nous les entrainons dans l'agriculture. Toutes ces activités visent la réinsertion socio-économique de ces femmes.

English translation by PulseWire member bmbu

My Experience as Part of an Association in South Kivu

In 2004 I decided to leave the Western province (Kisangani) to move to my home state of South Kivu. Two years later I had the idea of creating my association AFEDECO starting first in the capital city of the province, Bukavu.

- there we have gathered unemployed women: girls, mothers, widows, and displaced women who have fled violent acts (rape, looting) in their respective villages. We supervise them currently in different areas: tailoring and sewing, soap making, weaving baskets, and carpet making with the aim of making them helpful to the community and autonomous. Finding that their level of [education] is often too basic for instruction we include courses on literacy. Additionally, we make them aware of the rights of women and children.

- In Mwenga and Kamituga situated respectively 130 and 175km from Bukavu, there is a forestry zone where we supervise women who make a large part of those who have been raped [and are] victims of the presence of the armed Rwandan group FDLR [Interahamwe] in their community. In addition to activities in Bukavu, we train them in agriculture. All these activities aim for the socioeconomic reintegration of these women.

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bmbu's picture

Merci

Chère Jacqueline,

Merci beaucoup pour ayant partagé vos experiences en mobilisant les femmes de Sud-Kivu. Vous avez du courage et vous m'inspire avez votre passion et votre résolution face aux difficultés.

J'attends votre prochain poste,

Beverley

bmbu's picture

Translation

My Experience as Part of an Association in South Kivu

In 2004 I decided to leave the Western province (Kisangani) to move to my home state of South Kivu. Two years later I had the idea of creating my association AFEDECO starting first in the capital city of the province, Bukavu.

- there we have gathered unemployed women: girls, mothers, widows, and displaced women who have fled violent acts (rape, looting) in their respective villages. We supervise them currently in different areas: tailoring and sewing, soap making, weaving baskets, and carpet making with the aim of making them helpful to the community and autonomous. Finding that their level of [education] is often too basic for instruction we include courses on literacy. Additionally, we make them aware of the rights of women and children.

- In Mwenga and Kamituga situated respectively 130 and 175km from Bukavu, there is a forestry zone where we supervise women who make a large part of those who have been raped [and are] victims of the presence of the armed Rwandan group FDLR [Interahamwe] in their community. In addition to activities in Bukavu, we train them in agriculture. All these activities aim for the socioeconomic reintegration of these women.

Barbara M Bracewell's picture

A Job Well Done Jacqueline!

It is heartening to hear about women who have been victimized but yet who have decided to take their fates into their own hands and make something positive out of their shattered lives. This is an example of how resilient women can be, and with the right prompting and guidance, just how industrious and productive their whole outlook can become. Your association AFEDECO (I wish I knew what the acronym stands for) is indeed a beacon of hope for women and young girls in South Kivu and other surrounding areas in the region. South Kivu should be proud to have a daughter like you who is making a visible difference in your home state. My prayers and hope for these women is that they continue to heal, to prosper and to shine as examples for others who have suffered the same fate by letting them know that all is not lost in life even when we have been through traumatic events. God bless you Jacqueline for your hard work and your empathy toward these sisters.

BMBracewell

RachelinBrazil's picture

Thank you!

Jacqueline -

I so applaud you for your work helping women on the most practical level. You are a wonderful example of women helping other women. teaching women and girls skills to be able to support themselves is important, but so in teaching them about their own rights as human beings. It is wonderful that you are able to do both. I am sure that you efforts will bear fruit far into the future, as these girls and women teach their own daughters, nieces and other women in the community.

Bravo!

Regards,

Rachel

Rachel Lovejoy
Sao Paulo, Brazil

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