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Education for Children of Rape Victims in DR Congo

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Support 150 children of rape victims in three schools in the volatile South Kivu region of DR Congo - an area where many NGOs have left. See the story behind AMCAV, which has been helping and empowering rape survivors and their children since 2000. And the evolution of this educational program for kids attending school for the first time.

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Education for Children of Rape Victims in DR Congo

  1. 1. AMCAV  in  South  Kivu,  Eastern   DR  Congo   Helping  Raped  Women  and  Their   Children  Heal  and  Rehabilitate  
  2. 2. Meet  Bernade*e  Ntumba  •  Director  of  AMCAV  (Associa9on   des  Mamans  Chre9ennes  pour   l’Assistance  aux  Vulnerables),   founded  in  1999  •  Head  of  CTLVS  (territorial   commission  on  violence  against   women,  a  fledgling  group   designed  to  coordinate  the   efforts  of  all  the  NGOs  in  the   area,  including  data  collec9on)  •  Advocate  for  women,  children,   and  “the  vulnerable”  in  DRC  •  Interna9onal  spokeswoman  at   conferences  in  DRC,  Canada,  and   Ireland.  
  3. 3. The  Big   Picture  “To  integrate  these  women  into  their  communi9es,  we  must  give  them  the  income-­‐genera9ng  ac9vi9es  that  will  help  them  take  charge  so  they  can  avoid  discrimina9on  and  isola9on,  especially  when  they  are  rejected—abandoned  by  their  community,  their  husbands,  and  other  family  members.  These  ac9vi9es  will  help  them  survive  and  pay  for  medical  care,  clothes,  and  school  fees.”     —Bernade*e  Ntumba  to   Anne*e  Scarpi*a     AMCAV  educates  members  of  the  community  about   violence  against  women  and  women’s  rights  
  4. 4. How  AMCAV  Helps  Women  •  Iden9fy  the  level  of  need  of  the  vic9m   according  to  a  predetermined  scale.  •  Restore  the  emo9onal  well-­‐being  of  the  vic9m.   This  might  include  reintegra9ng  her  into  her   home  community  and/or  enabling  self-­‐support   for  priori9es  such  as  educa9on,  health  care,   and  family  survival  •  Implement  income-­‐genera9ng  ac9vi9es  
  5. 5. UNFPA  Enables  Socio-­‐Economic   Reintegra9on   In  2010,  largely   through  UNFPA   funds,  AMCAV   provided  100   households  with   small  income-­‐ genera9ng   ac9vi9es  in   agriculture,   animal   husbandry,  and  in   agricultural   processing  mills.  a  community  mill  funded  by  the  United  Na9ons  Popula9on  Fund  (UNFPA)  is  gratefully  received  
  6. 6. More  Income-­‐GeneraDng  AcDviDes  of  AMCAV  In  2010:  •  75  beneficiaries  were  trained  in   techniques  for  the  manufacture  of   soap  •  150  packets  of  soap  were   distributed  to  15  most  vulnerable   beneficiaries  •  13  goats  and  8  pigs  were   distributed  •  Plot  fields  were  grown  in  3   communi9es.  •  1  ox  was  granted  •  150  at-­‐risk  women  received   clothing     women’s  community  crop  field  
  7. 7. VicDm  Support,  2010  •  230  vic9ms  were   iden9fied  •   161  cases  received   counseling  sessions  •  30  advisers  were   trained  in   techniques  for   dealing  with   trauma  and  in   Bernade*e  provides  training  in  community   orienta9on  of  the   awareness  on  the  rights  of  women   vic9ms  •  50  teachers  were   trained  as   community  liaisons    
  8. 8. AMCAV  Staff   evalua9on  mee9ng  
  9. 9. BernadeJe  with  facilitator-­‐counselor  Jamila  in  AMCAV  conference  room  showing  “1000  Hands”  mural—a  metaphor  for  the  situa9on  of  women  in  Uvira  Territory  
  10. 10. 1000  Hands:  A  Closer  Look  The  Overloaded  Woman  in  Uvira  Territory.  
  11. 11. AMCAV:  “The  Focal  Point  in  Uvira”  •  AMCAV,  through  the  leadership  of  Ms.   •      Bernade*e  Ntumba,  supports  the  coordina9on  of   [protec9ng  .  .  .  women]  both  with  the  CTVLS   territorial  commission  and  with  her  NGO  group   [AMCAV],  the  focal  point  in  Uvira.    •  This  commitment  allows  sta9s9cal  assessments   and  the  implementa9on  of  vic9m  ac9vi9es  as   well  as  for  advocacy.     –  Samuel  Zoungrana,  Humanitarian  Officer  to  the  Sub-­‐ Regional  Office  for  Eastern  Africa,  UN  Office  of   Humanitarian  Affairs  
  12. 12. What  Makes  AMCAV  Stand  Out  •  AMCAV  stands  out  as   providing  empowerment   to  women  through  socio-­‐ economic  training.  •  Go  beyond  short-­‐term   help:  AMCAV  goes   beyond  other   organiza9ons  in  that  they   provide  not  just  a  trip  to   the  hospital  but  training   on  how  to  be   independent  and   informed  about  their   rights  •  AMCAV  engages  in   discussions  with  local   authori9es.   -­‐  Sylvie  Maunga,  Fonds   des  Femmes    
  13. 13. “I  have  known  the  work  of  AMCAV  &   Bernade*e  Ntumba  since  2007.  AMCAV   has  worked  with  children  who  are  “Amazing   abandoned  by  family  members  and  the   job”   community.  These  unwanted  children   are  seen  as  a  curse;  most  of  their   parents  have  been  lost  to  conflicts  while   others  are  abandoned  following  violence   to  mothers…I  do  not  hesitate  to   recommend  AMCAV  due  to  the  amazing   job  [they]  have  done  to  protect   children.”   –  Bernard  Londoni,  Africa  Analyst  
  14. 14. Cedar  Lane  UU  Church  7th  Graders   Making  a  Difference   clothing  distribu9on  from  funds  sent  by  Cedar  Lane  
  15. 15. GraDtude  to  Cedar  Lane  a  representa9ve  por9on  of  the  239  children  who  received  clothing  from  Cedar  Lane  funds  raised  by  7th  graders  Bernade*e  sent  the  photos  “to  show  people  and  especially  the  7th-­‐grade  students  who  helped  support  the  poor  children  lep  to  their  own  fate.  .  .  .  When  God  gives  you  grace  to  come  here  with  us  you  will  cry  when  you  see  the  condi9ons  under  which  women  and  their  children  are  living.”  
  16. 16. The  Sign,  Part  I  
  17. 17. The  Sign,  Part  II  “Dona9on  from  the  Cedar  Lane  church  through  the  students  of  junior  seminar,  session  2,  for  the  women  who  are  vic9ms  of  sexual  violence  and  their  children  in  Uvira,  DR  Congo,  distributed  by  AMCAV  to  [the  towns  of]  Kiliba,  Luberizi,  Rwenena,  Kigurwe,  and  Rusabagi”    
  18. 18. Apermath  of  Clothing  Distribu9on  Distribu9on  Day  numbered  239  children  affiliated  with  AMCAV.  3  months  later,  there  were  517.  “The  Cedar  Lane  distribu9on  led  to  women  frequen9ng  AMCAV’s  offices  every  day,  asking  for  help  for  themselves  and  their  children.  Of  these,  at  least  10-­‐15  women  and  children  come  every  day,  and  we  are  overwhelmed.”    -­‐  Bernade*e  to  Anne*e,  September  2010    On  May  23,  2011,  Bernade*e  reported  to  Anne*e  that  there  are  971  children.    “The  needs  [of  AMCAV  children]  are  many.  They  need  clothing,  games  to  occupy  themselves,  and  money  for  school  fees.  Others  can  help  with  income-­‐genera9ng  ac9vi9es  with  their  mothers.”  
  19. 19. In  August  2011,  AMCAV  was  successful  in  submirng  due  diligence  and  raising  more  than  the  minimum  of  $4,000  to  a*ain  project  status  on  the  Global  Giving  website.  AMCAV,  working  with  Anne*e  Scarpi*a,  decided  the  best  way  to  put  funds  to  work  was  by  sending  children  of  rape  vic9ms  to  school.  A  NEW  CHAPTER  BEGINS  
  20. 20. DistribuDon  Day  Though  children  in  other  villages  (namely,  Kigurwe  and  Rasabagi)  remain  in  need  of  schooling,  Kiliba,  Luberizi,  and  Rwenena  were  selected  as  places  for  a  total  of  150  children  to  a*end  school.  This  project,  available  to  donors  on  GlobalGiving.org,  provides  payment  of  school  fees  and  uniforms  consis9ng  of  blouse  or  shirt,  pants  or  skirt,  shoes,  and  book  bag.  
  21. 21. before  distribuDon  
  22. 22. during  distribuDon  
  23. 23. GraDtude  to  donors  of  Global  Giving  
  24. 24. Inside  the  Classroom  
  25. 25. Monitoring  Students’  Progress  at   Rwenena  
  26. 26. Luberizi  lesson  on  gender:  Madam  Turtle,  why  do  you   walk  slowly  on  the  ends  of  your  nails?  
  27. 27.  Luberizi:  Suivi  de  lévolu9on  des  écoliers  dans  les  salles  de   classes  (Monitoring  the  evolu9on  of  school  children  in   classrooms)    
  28. 28. Maombi  is  making  good  progress  at   Level  3  Maombi  is  making  good  progress  at   Level  3  
  29. 29. Matumaini  gives  an  example  of  the   feminine  tense  
  30. 30. The  girls  are  improving  and  adap9ng  in  all  3  schools  and  are  becoming  more  confident  in  their  lives.  

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