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Feminine Solidarity for Peace and Integral Development (SOFEPADI), North Kivu

SOFEPADI is a registered NGO with the national government.

Location

Beni, North Kivu province
From its main office in Bunia, SOFEPADI works in the Ituri district and in Beni territory (North Kivu province).

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights sector; sexual and gender-based violence; health

History

SOFEPADI (Solidarité féminine pour le paix et développement intégrale) was created in 2000 by a group of journalists from Radio CANDIP (Centre d’animation et de diffusion pédagogique) in Bunia. Initially financed by the Coopération technique Belge (CTB), SOFEPADI sought to sensitize and create awareness in the community about peace and pacific cohabitation. When the fighting in Bunia became very intense during 2003, SOFEPADI’s president fled with thousands of others to Beni, where she continued SOFEPADI’s work with help from several churches. During that period, SOFEPADI helped displaced people with the distribution of food and nonfood items. When the war ended, the founders of SOFEPADI returned to Bunia and left a branch of the organization in Beni. In the last decade, SOFEPADI has worked with a range of international organizations, including UNIFEM, UNFPA, the Swedish Embassy, MONUSCO, and others.

Mission

Promote and protect the rights of the women in eastern DRC, with particular focus in the Ituri district and Beni territory

Objectives

  • Train and educate the community about peace and pacific cohabitation
  • Fight against impunity with particular attention on sexual violence
  • Provide legal assistance to the survivors of sexual violence
  • Sensitize and train women on their rights and responsibilities

Programs

  • Peace and pacific cohabitation: SOFEPADI conducts participatory research in local communities in order to identify problems and exchange ideas, with the goals of preventing and resolving local conflicts.
  • Radio programs: SOFEPADI works with local radio stations to sensitize local communities about various human-rights-related activities.
  • Sexual violence: SOFEPADI provides holistic assistance to the survivors of sexual violence. It identifies survivors and enables them to identify themselves to the organization, refers them for medical care, and provides mediation for those who are rejected by their family. It also provides free legal assistance to the survivors and helps them reintegrate socially and economically into their community.
  • Health care: In Bunia, SOFEPADI has a range of medical activities at its hospital. It provides medical care to the survivors of sexual violence, sensitizes people about HIV/ AIDS and other STDs, and educates women about the whole cycle of reproductive health.

Governance

SOFEPADI’s supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets annually and approves the strategic plan of the organization. It elects the board of directors, which meets twice a year to decide on major issues and provide guidance to the staff. SOFEPADI also has a control commission that meets four times per year and reports to the board of directors. This group is responsible for monitoring activities and generating internal audits and reports. SOFEPADI has 32 staff in total; 12 are in Beni, and 20 are in Bunia.

SOFEPADI has bank accounts at BIC in Beni and Bunia. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, SOFEPADI 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

  • A very competent and qualified staff to carry out its numerous activities
  • Works well with judicial authorities
  • Has the necessary office and medical equipment to do its work, and a capacity-building plan for its staff ’s development
  • Its beneficiaries have faith in the organization’s work.

Needs

  • Financial support to facilitate the achievement of objectives
  • Training in human rights, logistics, and financial management

Funders and Budget

For 2011, SOFEPADI has a budget of $496,450. Funders include the French embassy, the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights, and UNIFEM.

Accomplishments

  • Has provided legal assistance to 96 survivors of sexual violence
  • Has conducted numerous conferences in schools about human rights and sexual violence in Beni and Bunia
  • Financed and facilitated the training of legal staff at Beni’s court on human rights and sexual violence
  • Trained and sensitized the military about sexual violence in Beni
  • Pays school fees for 53 children who were survivors of sexual violence
  • Provided microcredit to 165 women to run income-generating activities
  • Manages the Bunia hospital, known as Karibuni wa mama, for holistic assistance to 3,400 women survivors of sexual violence
  • Runs 11 professional training centers that train a total of 744 women in sewing and embroidery
  • Has trained 56 community mediators to facilitate the reconciliation of family conflict related to sexual violence
  • Has facilitated a literacy program for 28 Pygmy women at Upende in Beni territory

Organizational Vision

SOFEPADI would like to expand its activities to cover other territories in North Kivu and Orientale provinces and reinforce its activities in the protection of human rights, particularly the rights of women. SOFEPADI would also like to respond to other humanitarian needs of displaced people.

Project Proposals

  • Capacity building on reporting and data management: SOFEPADI will participate in a two-week training course focusing on project reporting (weekly, monthly, quarterly, and end of project) and data collection and management. SOFEPADI will also establish a training of trainers with their local partners to improve their reporting and data management skills. Cost: $13,000
  • Holistic care and support for survivors of sexual violence: SOFEPADI will target 200 people affected by sexual violence to ensure holistic support. This project aims to promote socioeconomic reintegration and the education of communities in Beni and Ituri territories on issues of sexual violence and stigma. Cost: $50,000

Contact

Julienne Lusenge, president, and Zawadi Mambo, coordinator, +243.998.680.706, sofepadib@yahoo.fr, www.sofepadi.com

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