Since 2016, the DRCC foundation has been appointed by the Université du Cinquantenaire de Lwiro, South-Kivu as Focal point at The European Union.
Reforestation-reconstruction of the Université du Cinquantenaire de Lwiro, South-Kivu
Since 2016, the DRCC foundation has been officially appointed as Focal point of the Université du Cinquantenaire de Lwiro (Uni50 Lwiro) in Europe. With the international cooperation between DRCC foundation and the Dutch Rotterdam Zoo BlijDorp, a reforestation project is being implemented at the Uni50 Lwiro in South-Kivu. This ongoing project started in July 2016. DRCC foundation is networking and lobbying for this project with the support of BlijDorp in the Netherland. With the funding by BlijDorp, the feasibility study was finalized in November 2016 resulting in a Site Mapping and the Topography of the site. The main goal of this project is to contribute to the reconstruction of the university and the biodiversity conservation in the rural areas close to the National Park Kahuzi Biega (PNKB). The PNKB is home to diverse endemic and cultural key stone species of plants and animals in the South-Kivu. Particularly, this project aims to improve and strengthen the social and cultural function of the university in rural areas.It intends to strengthen the contact with local indigenous ethnic groups and to contribute to food security in rural post conflict zones of South-Kivu, in Lwiro-Katana. Next to the reforestation and sustainable food security, the project further intends to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the universite du Cinquantenaire de Lwiro and the Research Centre for Natural Sciences (CRSN) Lwiro, one of the prestigious Research Centre on Biodiversity conservation in the Central Africa, and the Great Lakes Regions. A partnership was recently concluded between the CRSN and the Université du Cinquantenaire de Lwiro (Uni50) under the lobbying and mediation of the DRCC foundation. The present project therefore contributes to further local network for the reconstruction of the university and at long term, the conservation and sustainable use of local biodiversity for the benefit of the local communities.
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ICT facilities for quality High Education in rural areas of South-Kivu
In October 2016, the DRCC foundation in cooperation with the Uni50 de Lwiro and ADDROSMIL RDC asbl launched a cyber space for the Uni50 to link the university and the international community. ITC facilities are very crucial for the improvement and quality teaching and research work in universities. The international students exchange and e-learning may increase the accessibility and credibility of the university. For this project, the Rector of the Uni50, the Prof. Dr. Mubalama Zibona Jean-Claude has been in several European countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium for cooperation, network and lobbying for the infrastructures of this new university in rural areas in South-Kivu. This university is facing big challenges to improve the educational level in the rural areas and to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Agenda 2030. With the cooperation and commitment of both the Uni50 and the DRCC foundation, we are confident to build healthy institutions and sustainable communities in post conflict areas, where social media and new technologies are still a big issue.
Gender, Peace, and Security in rural areas in South-Kivu.
The DRCC foundation is a Dutch signatory of the National Action Plan on the UNSC Resolution 1325. For advocacy and awareness on international legal instruments for women rights, peace, and security issues in post conflict zones, the DRCC foundation in cooperation with Tiye International in the Netherland with her Congolese partners ADDROSMIL RDC asbl, GEV asbl and ASSERMMA, recently conducted the pilot project In Her Own Hands”, a training for women about the 1325 in rural areas of Katana and Kalehe, in South-kivu. Focus of this pilot was on women political leadership, social and economic empowerment, the elections, media, and communication. The added value of this pilot project is to address international issues on women peace and security at the grass root in conflict zones. It also contributed to strengthen the link between local women activists and women from the diaspora, between high educated and low educated women. Started inSeptember 2015, the pilot project finished in June 2016 with several public events at the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs. This training was a successful collaboration of experts on Women, Peace, and Security at national and international level. This cooperation generated a training manual developed by DRCC foundation to be used for further training at large scale in rural areas in post conflict areas.
Sustainable Development through agroforestry in rural areas in DRC
In cooperation with her international and local partners, the DRCC foundation is facilitating several reforestation projects in villages in South and North-Kivu. Furthermore, women and youth involved in these projects, started since June 2014 following vocational training on the job to learn new skills about innovative techniques for sustainable agriculture and ant erosive methods. The main goal of the agricultural projects is to contribute to food security and strengthen women with new skills for the protection of land, the management and conservation of local agrobiodiversity in rural areas of post conflict zones, zones often most reach in biodiversity, but also overexploited. In this project, as in other DRCC activities, we aim to achieve the UN Agenda 2030 and BRAIN GAIN for local healthier communities in the DRCongo. Added value of this project is that women can produce vegetable and local food during all seasons, because of the availability of water.
Child Rights and Sustainable development in rural areas
Human Rights also include the Child Rights. In the DRC, child right is still very far to be recognized although the DRC signed the International Convention on the Child Rights, 1985. In Rural areas of the (post) conflict zones, in Kivu, there are numerous of reports of UN agencies on the violation of the rights of the children in DRC. The DRCC foundation always includes this dimension in all her project activities from a gender perspective. Because as has said Ban Kin Moon, the former UN General Secretary, we cannot achieve the goals on Women, Peace, and Security, if we do not link the UNSC Resolution 1325 with the Sustainable Development Goals”. In the UN agenda 2030, the rights of the Children are conditional for sustainable development. With our local partners, such as the MONONUSCO, ADDROSMIL asbl, ASSERMMA asbl and several schools and universities, we organize project activities on child care, the Vocational Training for Internal Displaced and Refugee Children. The reintegration of demobilized former Child soldiers has a special attention in our activities. DRCC foundation works together with local grass roots for the resocialization and total disarmament of children in (post) conflict areas.
Reform of the Security Sector in DRC: the project Lobi Mokolo ya Sika in DRC
Since 2014, the DRCC foundation in cooperation with her International partners, SFCG, UKAID and Dutch Min. of Foreign Affairs is working with the platform ADDROSMIL RDC asbl on the project “Lobi Mokolo ya Sika” within 9 territories of the province South-Kivu: Kalehe, Kabare, Fizi, Shabunda, Uvira, Baraka, Walungu, Bukavu town. This project particularly aims to strengthen the cooperation, the understanding and mutual acceptation between the Civilian and the people in uniform. The project also is raising awareness of the Security Sector and the Military Justice Institutions to collaborate with civil societytoimprove the credibility, the accountability, the professionalism, and the awareness of the Security Sector in DRC. Most important added value of Lobi Mokolo ya sika project is to achieve peace, security, reconstruction and sustainable development through training, capacity building, impunity watch, and cooperation between civilian, police and army in the post conflict zones. DRCC foundation is now lobbying and networking for follow up activitiesfor this successful programme.Walungu,
Vocational Training for Sustainable Development in rural areas in DRC
To improve quality of life, health, and Sustainable Development in the DRC, we need to build and strengthen rural communities. In rural areas of the DRC, infrastructures and land access are often limited to some citizens such as the church and business people. The lack of job opportunities results not only from the lack of infrastructures, but also from the lack of vocational training skills of youth, women, and girls in rural areas. The DRCC foundation build up on a strong network and international and local lobbying to strengthen grass root organizations and institutions with quality tools and material in the field of vocational training in several fields to improve job opportunities. DRCC foundation therefore collaborates with the church, traditional local authorities, the schools, universities, and private persons to achieve quality and sustainable vocational training for the beneficiaries. DRCC foundation aims brain gain for healthier and educated communities. We support the following vocational training on carpentry and joinery, - metalwork, - auto mechanics, - building and construction, - sewing etc.
Heath Care for sustainable Development in rural areas
To contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in rural areas, the DRCC foundation provides in second hand medical tools and useful material to improve health care in by medical posts in remote areas in post conflict zones. For the same purpose, we also advocate for clean and drink water in medical posts, schools in rural areas to achieve the UN SDG agenda. Earth quake chocks often occur in the area where DRCC is organizing her projects in DRCongo. Rural people often misses the necessary in case of emergency. The care for elderly, Internal displaced in such situations is often not organized. People in remote areas cannot reach the hospital and medical post in other provinces. Pregnant women, elderly and children are often the most victims in such emergency situations. Since December 2016, the DRCC foundation with her international partners has launched a campaign for the project for the “Emergency bicycle” (Vélo Ambulance, Fiets Ambulantie) for rural areas in DRC.We need every kind of support, network, and info to improve the medical infrastructures in rural areas of the DRC. Contact us for more info.
Biodiversity Conservation and Traditional Botanical Knowledge
The DRCC foundation aims also to contribute Ecotourism through further research on biodiversity and the women traditional knowledge. The DRCC foundation provide in expert technical assistance at the universities and schools in DRC to increase awareness and skills on Biocultural Diversity of the DRCongo. The experts by DRCC often conduct several scientific expeditions and educational field visits on several issues on Biodiversity Conservation. Especially, the DRCC focuses on Ethnobotany of the traditional knowledge of women on edible plants among different ethnic groups. The aim is to develop and improve strategies for the management, Conservation, and sustainable use of biodiversity in the fragile zones of the DRC. The DRCC foundation is working on a mini project on plant species eaten by the Mountain Gorilla in the captivity zone at Lwiro, in South-Kivu. This mini project benefits the cooperation of the Rotterdam BlijDorp Zoo and DRCC foundation in the Netherland.
Lecture pour tous en milieu ruraux
The DRCC foundation in cooperation with her partner Biblionef Nederland and local donors in DRC, is sponsoring small scale libraries at primary, secondary schools, and other local institutions in rural areas. These libraries aim to strengthen social cohesion among youth, dialog, and Peace building in rural communities. Through readings, storytelling and learning, the youth is skilled to tackle several issues on gender, peace, security, and development in rural areas. It is another way used by DRCC foundation for BRAIN GAIN; conflict transformationand quick reconstruction of rural areas in DRC.