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Center to Help Vulnerable Women and Children (CAFEV), Orientale

CAFEV is a registered NGO at the provincial level.

Location

Dungu, Haut Uélé district, Orientale province
Doruma-Dungu diocese, covering parts of Bas and Haut Uélé districts

Sectors of Intervention

Sexual violence prevention and counseling; HIV/AIDS testing and treatment; sports and business development for at-risk youths; education

History

CAFEV (Centre d’ accompagnement des femmes et enfants vulnérables) is the successor organization to a 2004–09 project of the Norwegian government to provide medical and psychosocial help to survivors of sexual violence. When funding ended in 2009, the project staff created CAFEV in Kisangani. In September 2009, Oxfam-Québec helped CAFEV establish a bureau in Dungu (there are 11 other bureaus in Haut and Bas Uélé). The director is a priest who received a master’s degree in counseling from the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. CAFEV’s initial focus was on providing counseling services to survivors of sexual violence and children displaced as a result of actions by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group. CAFEV also observed an acute need for services for at-risk youths, including both local youths and internally displaced youths living in Dungu; consequently, it started sports and educational programs. CAFEV is well respected by local and international organizations, and fills important community needs through its work in counseling, HIV/ AIDS testing, and youth programs. CAFEV is currently finalizing projects with Oxfam-Québec, CRS, and MONUSCO.

Mission

Prevent sexual violence and the spread of STDs, and help survivors of sexual violence and people living with HIV/AIDS

Objectives

  • Prevent sexual violence through community education
  • Provide counseling and support to survivors of sexual violence
  • Provide activities and education for at-risk youths, including internally displaced youths
  • Provide HIV/AIDS testing to underserved communities in Bas and Haut Uélé, and drugs and treatment to HIV-positive persons

Populations Served

Survivors of sexual violence; at-risk youths, including internally displaced youths; and the general community

Programs

  • Counseling services: Four counselors work with survivors of sexual violence, persons with HIV/AIDS, and at-risk youths. Since late 2009, CAFEV staff has counseled approximately 120 people and identified 64 cases of sexual violence.
  • Voluntary centers of testing (VCTs): CAFEV worked in partnership with the Doruma-Dungu diocese to set up four VCTs to test people for HIV, which was the first time testing has taken place in this area. The program also provided drugs and counseling to those who tested positive and conducted other support and educational activities. The program started in June 2010 and was funded by the Medical Mission Institute of Würzburg, Germany, and Augustinian priests from Germany. Two testing centers were in Bas Uélé (Poko, Amadi) and two in Haut Uélé (Dungu, Doruma). A total of 3,073 people were tested between September 2010 and January 2011; of these, 372 (12 percent) tested positive for HIV (108 men and 264 women). CAFEV helped set up the centers, trained counselors to work with those who tested positive, and educated the local community about HIV/AIDS.
  • Programs for at-risk youths: CAFEV has organized 200 youths into six groups; two for girls, two for junior boys, and two for senior boys. These groups also function as football (soccer) teams. CAFEV intentionally created mixed groups of local youths and youths living in camps for the internally displaced; there is discrimination locally against the displaced group. CAFEV also provides computer trainings for students who have recently graduated from secondary school.

Governance

CAFEV has a general assembly composed of 50 people, including paid members,nonmember supporters, and community liaisons. The general assembly helped to establish CAFEV in2009 and early 2010, but has not met since, due to the difficulties of transportation and the fact thatmany members live far from Dungu in the Uélé districts. A management committee of five members(two are women) has a more direct effect on CAFEV’s activities. The management committee has fivemembers (president, administrator, project officer, finance officer, and counsel), and meets monthlyto plan CAFEV’s projects.

The staff level includes the president and three assistants in charge of finance, administration, andprojects. There are also four trained counselors, including the president. No CAFEV staff work oncontract, due to the uncertainty of their funding to date. They report this will change this year, whenthey expect to get some larger grants from Oxfam-Québec, CRS, and MONUSCO.

CAFEV relies upon approximately 30 volunteers to inform and support the organization. It hasten community liaisons, who provide information to CAFEV about LRA activities and abuses byFARDC soldiers. CAFEV also has 20 members, who support the organization and its mission. Forpeople who live far from Dungu, there is an annual fee of $5; for locals, the fee is $5 per month.CAFEV sends its members to trainings on sexual violence, education, and other issues, in order tobuild the organization’s knowledge and capacities.

CAFEV has an account with BIC in Bunia but keeps money locally with the Catholic parish. Forfinancial, administrative, and personnel management, CAFEV has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES, but it needs to be strengthened
  • 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

  • Has trained and experienced professional staff. The director has a master’s degree in counseling from the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. The finance officer worked at a bank in Kinshasa.
  • Owns two plots of land for its future office and community center
  • Has a committed staff that continues to work, even with little or no compensation

Needs

  • A motorbike or car to transport survivors of sexual violence from rural areas to Dungu for medical treatment and counseling
  • Better financial support to retain qualified staff; like other local NGOs in Dungu, CAFEV has lost staff to international NGOs and MONUSCO, which pay good salaries
  • Trainings for its staff on organizational administration. It also seeks trainings on counseling, to reinforce existing capacities.

Funders and Budget

In 2010, CAFEV’s budget was $2,000. CAFEV generated this money from member fees (20 people gave $5 a month) and fees for computer trainings it conducts (e.g., on how to use Excel). For 2011, CAFEV expects its budget to be between $50,000 and $100,000, depending on project approvals from Oxfam-Québec (project to start in April 2011), CRS, and MONUSCO Civil Affairs.

Accomplishments

  • Training counselors for survivors of sexual violence, HIV-positive persons, and at-risk youths; CAFEV’s staff has directly counseled 120 people
  • Establishment of four VCTs, which tested more than 3,000 people in a first-of-its-kind HIV testing in Haut and Bas Uélé districts
  • Creation of six football (soccer) teams—four for boys and two for girls
  • Purchase of two plots of land for its future office and community center
  • Distribution of 4,600 condoms

Organizational Vision

CAFEV wants to build its own capacity and spread its operations to other areas of Haut and Bas Uélé districts.

Project Proposals

  • Assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in Bas and Haut Uélé: This project will continue and expand the work of the VCTs by continuing HIV testing, establishing centers for distribution of antiretroviral drugs to HIV-positive persons, conducting education in the communities about HIV and sexual violence, and creating income-generating activities for persons living with HIV and AIDS. Cost: $443,420 (three years) or $184,920 (one year).
  • Small-business development for at-risk youths: This project will create three business opportunities for youth in Dungu, including survivors of sexual violence and youths living in displaced persons camps. These activities are making and selling bricks (150 youths: 80 girls and 70 boys); creating and equipping hair salons (150 youths: 100 girls and 50 boys); and tailoring (150 youths: 90 girls and 60 boys). Cost: $75,425
  • Organizational capacity building: This project will help CAFEV construct its own office on land the organization has already purchased and outfit the office with equipment and solar panels. It will also enable CAFEV to acquire motorbikes, which it can use to transport survivors of sexual violence from rural areas to Dungu for treatment and counseling. It will provide for staff training, help the organization create procedural and personnel manuals, and provide staff salaries for one year. Cost: $87,740

Contact

Abbé Ernest Sugule, president, 0816.081.332, cafevdungu@yahoo.fr

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