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Women’s Association for Integral Development (ASMADI), North Kivu

ASMADI is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Rubare, North Kivu province
Rutshuru territory, with special focus in the villages of Bweza, Bukama, and Kisigari

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; human rights; gender and justice; health

History

ASMADI (Association des mamans pour le développement intégré) was created in 1987 by a group of women after a cholera outbreak in Rutshuru. These women were concerned about the poor state of infrastructure and development that contributed to the outbreak, as well as other waterborne diseases that frequently afflicted their communities. Over the past decades, ASMADI has benefited from external funding from several international organizations, including Mondo Giusto, FAO, GIZ (formerly GTZ), and ICCO.

Mission

Accompany women during the process of self-development and help them know their rights in society

Objectives

  • Increase agricultural productivity
  • Promote women’s leadership in the community
  • Fight against sexual violence and communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS
  • Ensure the community integration of survivors of sexual violence
  • Teach life skills to women and other vulnerable populations

Populations Served

ASMADI primarily serves the women of Rutshuru territory.

Programs

  • Food security: ASMADI runs a 50-hectare (124-acre) farm where its members plant beans, cabbage, rice, and sorghum. It also has a fishpond. ASMADI has another 7-hectare (17-acre) field in Kazanza and a 3-hectare (7-acre) farm in Nyabirehe.
  • Human rights: ASMADI works with HEAL Africa to provide psychosocial assistance to survivors of sexual violence.
  • HIV/AIDS: ASMADI carries out community education campaigns on HIV/AIDS.

Governance

ASMADI’s supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets annually. The general assembly decides the overall focus and programs for the coming year and elects the board of directors, which meets quarterly and monitors ASMADI’s work. ASMADI has four permanent employees.

ASMADI has an account at a local cooperative bank known as MECRERU in Rutshuru. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, ASMADI has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: NO, but ASMADI’s partner BOAD is developing one for them
  • 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

  • One big office with technical and office equipment
  • Confirmed experience in project management
  • Competent human resources to carry out program activities
  • Registered with the local authorities

Needs

  • A manual of procedures to improve internal management
  • Financial means for program activities
  • Capacity building of the staff

Funders and Budget

ASMADI’s 2010 budget was $45,902. Funders include MERLIN, ICCO, FAO, and FED (Fonds Européen pour le développement).

Accomplishments

  • Has 7 acres of land for farming
  • Distributed 54,200 tubers of improved cassavas to the farmers
  • Has an experimental farm for rice, cabbage, and beans

Organizational Vision

Have a secure workplace, have a community radio station, and expand its activities in response to community needs

Project Proposals

  • Computer training in Rutshuru: ASMADI will establish computer training centers in Rutshuru territory and establish a community cybercafe to improve community access to the Internet. Cost: $13,787
  • Transforming agricultural products: ASMADI will establish milling machines in nine villages to enable communities to transform agricultural products, saving labor and enabling farmers to increase their profits. Cost: $148,670
  • Establishing a community center: ASMADI will construct a community center in Rubare to promote the local culture and traditions, and create a space conducive to community meetings. Cost: $63,472

Contact

Andree Burindi, coordinator, +243.994.555.851, and Safina Kahindo, president, asmadiasbl@yahoo.fr

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