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Farmers Unit Maniema (UWAKI), Maniema

UWAKI is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Kindu, Maniema province
UWAKI covers the territories of Kailo, Pangi, Kasongo, and Kibombo, plus Kindu city.

Sectors of Intervention

Agriculture, animal husbandry, and fishing; gender and development; public health; education; human rights (particularly women’s rights); environment and conservation; construction of water points; microcredit; good governance

History

In 1982, a group of peasant women in Kindu created UWAKI (Umoja wa wakulima Kivu-Maniema) to raise the status and power of women in Maniema. At the time of its creation, present-day Maniema province was part of a larger Kivu province, but after 1988, when Kivu was split into three provinces (Maniema, South Kivu, and North Kivu), UWAKI established three provincial federations with an executive secretary in each under the guidance of an interprovincial coordinator based in Bukavu, South Kivu. The three groups subsequently became autonomous, and the Kindu-based group reorganized as UWAKI Maniema. UWAKI has offices in Kindu, Wamaza, Kasongo, Kabambare, and Kipaka. In its long existence, UWAKI has worked with many national and international groups, including USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy, Oxfam Novib, Christian Aid, UNICEF, the Fund for the Consolidation of Peace, KfW, REFED, CRONGD, and REPRODOC. UWAKI is also working with the Maniema NGO Mama Amka on the “We Can” campaign, which is financed by UNICEF and seeks to prevent sexual violence against girls.

Mission

Support all women in Maniema province to enhance their sociopolitical, cultural, and socioeconomic power, and counter the image of women as tools for men to use to produce wealth

Objectives

  • Educate Maniema society about the rights of women
  • Elevate the status and improve the rights of women in Maniema
  • Support women whose human rights have been violated
  • Increase the socioeconomic status of women in Maniema
  • Improve the mental and physical well-being of women

Populations Served

UWAKI primarily works with and supports women.

Programs

  • Agro-pastoral support: UWAKI provides trainings about farming practices and animal breeding for women and their husbands.
  • Women’s rights: UWAKI educates the community about the importance of allowing women to have joint ownership of property, educational opportunities without discrimination, and equal dialogue and rights in the household.
  • Adult literacy: UWAKI creates centers to provide literacy training for women.
  • Sexual violence: UWAKI helps female survivors of sexual violence to reintegrate socially and economically into their communities.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets every two years and appoints the board of directors. The board meets every three months to analyze the organization’s operations. The organization has a total of 18 staff members, of whom ten are permanent.

UWAKI has a bank account at BIC in Goma. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, UWAKI has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • 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

  • A committed, professional staff with strong female leadership
  • Strong working relationships and support from donors
  • Strong track record of successful program implementation

Needs

  • Capacity building for its staff
  • A computerized accounting system and trained staff to use it
  • Internet access in its office
  • Improved documentation of the organization’s accomplishments
  • Machines to process foods so women can get greater returns on their agricultural products

Funders and Budget

In 2010, UWAKI’s budget was $750,000. Funders include KfW’s Fund for the Strengthening of Peace Project and Oxfam Novib.

Accomplishments

  • Created 52 adult literacy centers
  • Assisted 1,139 survivors of sexual violence with social and economic reintegration into their communities
  • Caused a gradual change in men’s behavior toward women in the community; e.g., women can now inherit land, more girls are being educated, women can speak freely in public, etc.

Organizational Vision

Women who are educated and can participate in governance at all levels, in order to promote and protect women’s rights

Project Proposals

  • Institutional capacity building: UWAKI would like to provide its staff with trainings on financial management and acquire software and training to computerize its accounting system. Cost: $41,500
  • Supporting agro-pastoral development: UWAKI will assist men and women with farming tools, construction of fishponds, and other agro-pastoral activities. Cost: $200,000

Contact

Kadi Kasakarume, executive secretary, +243.997.141.247, uwaki_8 maniema2@yahoo.fr

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