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Children’s Voice (CV), North Kivu

Children’s Voice is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Goma, North Kivu province
North Kivu

Sectors of Intervention

Education; microfinance; at-risk youth

History

Founded in 2001 during the height of the war, CV is an initiative of ten women from Goma aimed at mobilizing the community to assist vulnerable children suffering as a result of regional instability. Each woman made either a financial or a material donation in order to start the organization. Traditionally in DRC, a group of ten houses selects a leader to represent their voice and concerns in the community. CV works in partnership with these neighborhood leaders to identify children in extreme conditions who are priorities for assistance. Likewise, if an orphaned child is in need of a foster family, CV works with the neighborhood leaders to identify potential families who would be willing to support the child. CV has two centers and is one of the largest community-based organizations in Goma providing educational and economic opportunities to vulnerable children. CV has worked with international partners such as ECI, UNICEF, MONUSCO, World Vision, and USAID.

Mission

CV provides opportunities for education, income generation, and psychosocial assistance for vulnerable children.

Objectives

 

  • Provide accelerated primary-school education for youths who are too old to enroll in government primary school
  • Give older youths the opportunity to learn a trade through vocational training
  • Identify foster families for orphans enrolled in the program and microgrant assistance for foster families
  • Develop teacher curriculum for teaching gender equity and respect in the classroom

 

Programs

 

  • Formal schooling: Children aged 9 to 14 are accepted for an accelerated primary school where they complete two years of curriculum within one year.
  • Vocational training: Youth aged 14 to 17 who have not completed primary school or have only studied one to two years are accepted for a vocational training program with accompanying literacy courses. Training programs include sewing, tailoring, carpentry, masonry, and mechanics.
  • Psychosocial assistance and family mediation: The centers provide counselors for children. CV staff members work with neighborhood leaders to identify children who need assistance and families who can benefit from outside mediation. CV offers income generation grants to families who care for children at the center who are either orphans or do not have healthy family situations. These grants are part of the family’s primary source of revenue and assist with child-related expenses.

 

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which oversees the administration council. The administration council directly supervises CV’s coordination team, which manages and appoints personnel. The general assembly meets twice a year and the administration council meets bimonthly to supervise the work of the coordination team and personnel. The administration council also conducts an internal audit.

CV employs 30 staff members and utilizes community volunteers to identify potential beneficiaries for its programs and place children with foster families. CV employs teachers and counselors to work with foster families and assist in solving any problems that arise from taking the child into a new home. In some cases, parents work on the school grounds in order to contribute to their child’s education.

CV has a bank account in Goma at BIAC. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, CV 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

 

  • Has a strong reputation within the community and works closely with neighborhoods to identify vulnerable children who can benefit from its services
  • Provides the necessary financial and mediation assistance for foster families caring for orphans without using the sponsorship approach in which one child is favored and receives all the benefits of outside assistance. Instead, financial assistance is allocated to the entire family
  • Experience working with large donors such as UNICEF and World Vision and has demonstrated financial transparency and accountability
  • CV is the lead organization in the UN Child Protection cluster, meaning that it directs coordination meetings between all the CBOs in the Goma area working in child protection
  • Strong, involved executive and advisory boards, ensuring appropriate guidance and strategic direction for CV staff

 

Needs

 

  • CV’s budget was partially dependent on UNICEF DRC, which had a cash flow deficit in late 2009, creating difficulty for the 2010–11 academic year.
  • Teacher curriculum can be improved.
  • Internships for students in the vocational training program could be more closely monitored and evaluated in order to improve the success rate of those who can make a viable living upon graduation.

 

Funders and Budget

In 2010, CV’s budget was $660,000. Donors included ECI, World Vision, and USAID.

Accomplishments

 

  • In the 2010–11 academic year, CV provided formal primary schooling for 540 students in its accelerated primary school.
  • In the 2010–11 academic year, CV provided vocational training for 120 students.
  • Since 2006, CV has enrolled 500 to 600 children in primary school each academic year.
  • CV built its administrative capacity to the point where it was able to receive a USAID subgrant from 2010–14.

 

Success Story

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Organizational Vision

Disadvantaged primary school–age children have the chance to receive a formal education, and older, uneducated youth have the opportunity to learn a trade that will enable them to make a respectable living.

Project Proposals

 

  • Vocational training for youth: Train 180 youths in a trade such as auto repair, restaurant preparation, furniture building, and sewing. Provide students with a microgrant to begin their trade upon graduation. Cost: $125,000 over one year
  • Microgrants and education for women: Enable urban and rural women to increase their annual income and, therefore, their ability to pay school fees for their children, through vocational training, microgrants, literacy, and education. Cost: $680,00 over three years
  • Teacher curriculum development: Increase the knowledge and capacity of teachers and vocational trainers to instruct their students using creative and participatory methods. Cost: $40,000 over two years

 

Contact

Christine Musaidizi, executive director, +243.992.888.777, christinemusaid@hotmail.com

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