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Program of Assistance to the Disadvantaged Youth of Maniema (PAED), Maniema

PAED is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Kindu, Maniema province
Kindu and the rural areas of Kailo, Kabambare, and Kampene

Sectors of Intervention

Microfinance; food security; peace and reconciliation; professional training; small-business development; sexual violence

History

In 2000, a group of people concerned about the plight of marginalized and vulnerable youths in Maniema formed PAED (Programme d’assistance a l’enfance défavorisée du Maniema). Due to war, poverty, and public health problems such as HIV/AIDS, many youths were abandoned and forced to fend for themselves. The founders of PAED were particularly concerned about the increase in orphans, the fact that many youths were forced or enticed to join armed groups, and the rape of many young girls, who, if they became pregnant, were often rejected by their families and communities. There were no programs to help these youths, as well as youths who were disabled, or who had been accused of witchcraft. PAED thus sought to help disadvantaged youths and give them hope for a brighter future. It helps youths to form their own groups and find their own path forward. It provides vocational training and support to help youths become independent and self-sufficient. Its head office is in Kindu, but it has three satellite offices in Kailo, Kabambare, and Kampene, where PAED has created vocational training centers. PAED works closely with the provincial ministry of youth and is an active member of CRONGD.

Mission

Initiate and implement various activities to improve the living standard of youths

Objectives

  • Identify vulnerable children and youths
  • Help vulnerable youths organize themselves in self-help groups
  • Ensure the social integration of youths in their communities through vocational trainings, microcredit incentives, and agricultural activities
  • Sensitize the community and leaders about child protection

Populations Served

Vulnerable youths, including youths accused of witchcraft, the physically disabled, orphans, former child soldiers, and girls who are survivors of sexual violence

Programs

  • Small-business development: PAED provides microfinance, training, and guidance to help youths start small businesses.
  • Professional training: PAED trains youths in sewing and carpentry, and at the end of their training provides them with a kit of materials that can help them start their own business and become self-reliant.
  • Child protection and human rights: PAED sensitizes caregivers and the general population about child protection and human rights.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets once a year and elects the board of directors. The board meets every six months and plays a very active role in the governance of PAED. The board participates in the hiring process, represents the organization to government authorities, and takes an active role in the strategic direction of the organization. The board has a monitoring committee, which meets monthly and closely follows the activities of the staff and PAED’s teams. PAED has six permanent staff, including three trainers and an administration and finance officer.

The organization has a bank account at COOPEC IMARA. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, PAED has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES, but it needs improvement
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • Its own office premises
  • Qualified personnel
  • Functions without external funding

Needs

  • Enough financial support to meet its goals
  • Capacity building among its staff
  • Replacement of its sewing machines

Funders and Budget

In 2010, PAED’s budget was $19,570. PAED obtains funding from the Central Bureau of Coordination (Bureau centrale de coordination, or BCECO, part of the Ministry of Finance) of the Congolese government, from a fund provided by the World Bank.

Accomplishments

  • Professional training of 236 youths in sewing and carpentry
  • Implementation of four accelerated primary education programs in Basoko, Alunguli, and Katako, with 111 youths having already achieved certificates of graduation
  • Construction and equipment of a professional training center in Kindu town
  • Assistance with the reintegration of former child soldiers into schools

Organizational Vision

Initiate professional training centers in all the strategic towns in Maniema and promote entrepreneurship among vulnerable youths so they can become self-reliant.

Project Proposals

  • Vocational training for vulnerable youths: This project will train 128 vulnerable youths in sewing, carpentry, art, and other income-generating activities. Cost: $61,280 (for nine months)

Contact

Mr. Kayumba, coordinator, +243.813.288.186, paedmaniema@yahoo.fr

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