Let Africa Live (LAV), South Kivu

LAV is a registered NGO with the national government.


Bukavu, South Kivu province
South Kivu

Sectors of Intervention

At-risk youths (child soldiers and vulnerable children); peace and reconciliation


Current executive director Sosthène Kubisa, a former secondary school teacher, foundedLAV (Laissez l’Afrique vivre) in 2001 to give children who did not attend school viable economic opportunities.Kubisa came from a poor family in a village near Bukavu and paid his own way throughuniversity. He left teaching to create LAV with a small donation from Norwegian Church Aid. LAVnow maintains four vocational training centers for youths in South Kivu. LAV monitors programgraduates for at least one year to document and evaluate how individuals utilize their training. Theseevaluations are based on a number of indicators, including business development, net monthlyincome, and spending habits. The graduates also evaluate the training and preparation they receivedfrom LAV. LAV works with international funders that include the Eastern Congo Initiative, UNDP/OCHA (Pooled Fund), and War Child Holland.


Equip vulnerable youths with education and skills to reduce poverty and foster peace

Populations Served




  • Vocational training programs for vulnerable youths: LAV provides training for youths, including former child soldiers, sex slaves, and orphans. The programs last for one year and include auto mechanics, masonry, sewing, electronics, IT, and carpentry.
  • Counseling and psychological support for students: Small class sizes allow teachers to provide support and personalized attention to each student.
  • Building capacity: LAV helps build the capacities of small, rural, community-based organizations in South Kivu by working in partnership to implement vocational training programs. LAV also helps these groups improve their financial and organizational management.
  • Educational seminars: LAV organizes seminars on children’s rights for partner organizations. LAV also organizes sessions on HIV/AIDS, family planning, and reproductive health.
  • Transitional housing: LAV provides housing for young single mothers and youths traveling from rural areas to attend vocational training.


The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which also functions as the boardof directors. The council of administration sits below the board and has more input into day-to-dayactivities. Below the council of administration is the secretary general, who is the executive of theorganization. LAV employs 29 staff members.

LAV has a bank account with BIC in Bukavu. For financial, administrative, and personnel management,LAV has:


  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management, hiring and personnel issues, and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: YES, but they are upgrading
  • 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



  • Aims to build peace by providing economic and educational opportunities to vulnerable youths. By concentrating on specific aspects of poverty reduction and peace building, has become the regional specialist in vocational training for vulnerable youths in war zones
  • The capacity to train and partner with other CBOs
  • Transparent, accountable, and well-directed management structure and leadership
  • War Child Holland states that among their nine CBO partners in the eastern DRC, LAV is the most capable, both in producing results and in performing administrative tasks.



  • More follow-up research on the success of students leaving the program to confirm that their choice of training is in line with market demands. This could be done with funding specified for this activity.
  • Appropriate child-care options for young mothers enrolled in the training program
  • Transportation options, as it is difficult for some children to come to the training centers because of distance

Funders and Budget

In 2010, LAV received $1,077,538 in funding. Funders include the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), Norwegian Church Aid, War Child Holland, CORDAID, La Afrika Leve, and the Banro/Twangiza mining company.



  • In 2010, provided vocational training to 245 youths (166 boys and 79 girls)
  • In 2010, provided literacy training for ten youths (three boys and seven girls) at its training center in Bukavu
  • In 2010, trained 60 sets of parents about child protection, including the impacts of violence on children and the importance of education
  • In 2010, conducted youth training sessions about HIV/AIDS; as part of these sessions, it distributed condoms and referred youths for testing

Success Story

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Organizational Vision

Involve Congolese and African youths in efforts to promote development

Project Proposals


  • Assistance to youths and others affected by war: LAV proposes organizing educational workshops for 200 youths and other vulnerable populations affected by war, and providing them with psychosocial support and vocational training at LAV’s training centers. Cost: $220,664 (including an $18,850 contribution from LAV)
  • New equipment for workshops: LAV proposes purchasing new equipment for its carpentry, welding, and mechanical workshops, to improve the quality of its vocational training for vulnerable youths. Cost: $71,893
  • Institutional capacity building: LAV seeks funds to strengthen the capacities of its staff in administrative and program management, technical expertise, teaching, and accounting. LAV will also upgrade the equipment at its four training centers and administrative offices, including installation of solar-panel energy systems. Cost: $604,680


Sosthène Kubisa, director, +243.997.060.011, +243.853.722.963,,

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