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Community Framing Group for Integral Development (GECDI), North Kivu

GECDI is a registered NGO with the territorial government.

Location

Kitchanga, North Kivu province
GECDI works throughout North Kivu province, but with greater focus on the territories of Rutshuru and Masisi.

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights and civic education; the environment and natural resources; gender and justice; development and food security

History

GECDI (Groupe d’encadrement communautaire pour le développement intégral) was created in 1998 and initially worked solely on women’s development. In 2002, the organization integrated youth and adult education programs into its work, while retaining its focus on women. Over time, GECDI has also worked on emergency response, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and other health and development issues.

Mission

Improve social security and stability, and reduce poverty

Objectives

  • Protect and manage the environment
  • Educate the community about its rights as stated in legal texts
  • Provide technical support to local initiatives and groups
  • Promote public health
  • Engage in community development works

Populations Served

GECDI primarily works with women and vulnerable youths, but indirectly engages and serves the entire community.

Programs

  • Agriculture: GECDI manages community fields and facilitates the distribution of seeds and goats to its members. It also follows up with technical assistance and training for its beneficiaries.
  • Sensitization: GECDI sensitizes the community about different STDs. It also engages in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • Demobilization: With the assistance and collaboration of the Protestant church (ECC), GECDI implements activities for the socioeconomic integration of ex-combatants, including trainings for carpentry, sewing, and the culinary arts. GECDI distributes starter kits to all those who complete its training courses.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets once each year, provides general guidance for the organization, and elects the board of directors. The board meets every month to support GECDI operations, including participating in the hiring of staff and other timely activities. A monitoring committee meets once every three months to oversee the use of finances and monitor project planning. GECDI has four permanent staff.

GECDI has an account at a local cooperative known as Siloe in Kitchanga. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, GECDI has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: NO
  • 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, but their skills need to be strengthened

Strengths

  • Known locally and registered with the authorities
  • Permanent staff
  • Very dynamic and active members
  • Successful record in project implementation

Needs

  • Capacity building of the staff
  • Financing for future programs
  • Computer equipment for its office, including accounting software

Funders and Budget

GECDI’s annual budget is approximately $21,000, and its main funder is ECC.

Accomplishments

  • Carried out 24 community sensitization trainings about sexual violence, HIV/AIDS infection, and human rights
  • Distributed antiretroviral drugs to 30 people with HIV/AIDS
  • Has two goat farms, each with 56 animals
  • Distributed seeds several times to its members
  • Provided adult literacy training to 150 beneficiaries
  • Distributed microcredit to 20 people

Organizational Vision

Serve as many people as possible and provide more microcredit to small businesses so the owners can expand their activities and improve their living standards

Project Proposals

  • Training social workers: The organization will train 60 social and community workers in Masisi and Kitchanga about gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. Cost: $1,835
  • Supporting former child soldiers: GECDI will ensure community reinsertion of former child soldiers in Masisi and Rutshuru territories by providing them with six-month trainings in tailoring or carpentry. Cost: $25,650
  • Developing small businesses: GECDI will provide financial management training and financial assistance to enable women and girls to start income-generating activities. Cost: $14,880

Contact

Munubo Watwere, coordinator, +243.808.758.202, gecdiasbl@yahoo.fr

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