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Actions and Interventions for Social Development and Training (AIDES), North Kivu

AIDES is a registered NGO with the national government.

Location

Goma, North Kivu province
In North Kivu, AIDES works in Rutshuru, Masisi, and Lubero territories.

Sectors of Intervention

Protection; food security; education; emergency assistance

History

AIDES (Actions et interventions pour le développement et l’encadrement social) was created in 1998 in Kinshasa. From its beginning, AIDES worked with UNHCR for the protection of refugees and displaced persons. Over time, AIDES grew to work on other topics, such as psychosocial support and economic empowerment of displaced populations, and assistance with their transition back to their original towns and villages. AIDES has constructed schools and hospitals to ease returnees’ transition back to a normal life. AIDES has worked in many parts of DRC, including Bandundu, Equateur, Katanga, South Kivu, and North Kivu. In North Kivu, it works in the areas hardest hit by conflict. Throughout its history, AIDES has mainly worked with UNHCR and UNICEF.

Mission

Empower communities after various crises such as war and natural disasters

Objectives

  • Improve the living standards of displaced communities
  • Register and take charge of the displaced, returnees, and other vulnerable populations
  • Provide assistance to the victims of natural calamities
  • Initiate and implement large-scale community development projects

Populations Served

Displaced and other vulnerable populations

Programs

  • Assistance to the displaced: AIDES pays subsistence allowances and provides shelters for displaced populations. It also pays school fees for displaced children, provides psychosocial support to displaced populations, and distributes nonfood items to them.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets every year and elects the board of directors. The board meets two times a year and oversees the development and operations of AIDES. A local management committee ensures monthly monitoring of the office operations and conducts an internal audit of AIDES’s finances and equipment. AIDES has 48 staff; 39 are contracted on a yearly basis and nine are permanent staff.

AIDES has an account with Rawbank in Goma. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, AIDES has:

 

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

  • Competent and motivated staff
  • Confirmed experience in serving the vulnerable, particularly the displaced
  • Strong visibility and a good reputation at the national level
  • A large capacity in logistics and office equipment

Needs

  • Capacity building for the staff
  • Integration of HIV/AIDS into its programming

Funders and Budget

AIDES’s annual budget is approximately $600,000. Its main funder is UNHCR.

Accomplishments

  • Constructed a school complex of 28 classrooms at Kimpese
  • Constructed hospitals in Bandundu, Bas-Congo, Equateur, and South Kivu
  • Constructed 24 school complexes at Kilewa in Bas-Congo
  • Rehabilitated six schools in Gemena
  • Built a hospital center in Kyasungwa
  • Constructed 46 classrooms in Fizi
  • Constructed four transit centers at Moba, Pepa, Pweto, and Kalemi
  • Rehabilitated transit centers in Kavinvira and Kivovo in South Kivu

Organizational Vision

Extend its activities into the Ituri district (Orientale province) and have a strong visibility as a humanitarian service provider to the displaced and other vulnerable populations

Project Proposals

 

  • Support for female surivors of armed conflict in Masisi: AIDES seeks funds to help 300 women with income-generating activities, development of savings, knowledge of their rights, and reinsertion into their communities. Cost: $186,000 (for two years)
  • Improving education: AIDES seeks funds to rehabilitate 15 schools (nine primary schools, six secondary schools) in the territories of Masisi, Rutshuru, and Walikale. In addition to improving the structures, building latrines and water points, and providing new classroom and educational materials, AIDES will organize trainings for the teachers to increase their effectiveness and the quality of the education. Cost: $251,500 (for one year)

 

 

Contact

Benjamin Mounege Baharanyi, coordinator, +243.814.168.809, +243.999.993.284, aides.goma@yahoo.fr

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