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Eye for the Development of Congo (ODC), South Kivu

ODC is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Kitutu, Mwenga territory, South Kivu province
Mwenga territory

Sectors of Intervention

Conservation and environment; sexual and gender-based violence; food security

History

ODC (Oeil pour le développement du Congo) was created in the context of war. In2004, four friends in Mwenga started ODC to address the serious problems facing the populationas a result of the activities of various armed groups. At that time, people’s businesses were failing,severely degraded infrastructure was leading to the physical isolation of some populations and towns,and there were food shortages caused by population displacement and lack of trade. ODC soughtto help local communities with food security and income-generating activities. It asked foundingmembers to pay $10 a month when the organization began, but membership fees for more recentmembers are based on means. ODC has worked with one international partner: People in Need.

Mission

Mobilize vulnerable families and communities to fight against poverty and take charge of their own basic needs

Objectives

  • Educate the population about their rights and responsibilities
  • Carry out research and studies on the causes of poverty within families and communities
  • Implement activities that promote self-sufficiency
  • Provide psychosocial, medical, and economic services
  • Promote the defense of human rights

Populations Served

The whole community of Mwenga territory

Programs

  • Conservation and the environment: This program aims to sensitize the population to the dangers of deforestation and demonstrate the necessity of protecting nature. ODC is also reforesting areas that have been clear-cut.
  • SGBV: This program works on raising community awareness around issues of sexual and gender-based violence and its impact on the lives of the survivors and the community in general. It provides psychosocial support to survivors, referrals for medical care, and assistance with socioeconomic reintegration. ODC also operates a safe house for survivors.
  • Radio station: ODC has a radio station that broadcasts programs about environmental protection, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, and other topics related to ODC’s mission and objectives.
  • Security sector: Together with the local authorities, chiefs, and police, this program aims to develop and manage an early warning system around the rights of children. ODC works on community sensitization to know when and how to denounce cases of abuse, particularly where violators are acting with impunity.
  • Food security: This program aims to stabilize the community’s food production so it can start exporting food or selling and commercializing its production. ODC has community fields and has almost eradicated the mosaic virus that attacks cassava, and has become the major supplier of non-diseased cassava to Kamituga. This program also helps households obtain and raise goats, chickens, and guinea pigs.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets annually, definesthe broad policies and programs for ODC, and selects the board of directors. The board meets fourtimes a year, prepares the annual reports, and oversees ODC’s operations. The general assembly alsoselects a control commission, which meets four times a year and monitors ODC’s finances. ODC alsocommissions an external audit every three years; the last was in 2009. ODC has ten employees; five arepermanent and five are temporary.

ODC has accounts with COOPEC Nyawira in Bukavu and COOPEC Mali Feza in Kitutu. It isalso opening an account with Trust Merchant Bank in Bukavu. For financial, administrative, andpersonnel management, ODC has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management, hiring and personnel issues, and purchasing policies and procedures: NO, but it is preparing one during 2011
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES, but they need to be strengthened
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • Unity and harmony among members of the organization
  • Competent and motivated staff
  • Good relationships with authorities at the local and provincial levels
  • Members who are still contributing fees

Needs

  • Regular building of staff capacity
  • A designated building for its radio station
  • Regular external support
  • Organization of its agricultural harvests and storage units for the products

Funders and Budget

For 2010, ODC’s budget was $4,760. ODC receives funding from People in Need. It also operates a mill and an oil press, which provide the organization with an independent and steady source of funding.

Accomplishments

  • Operation of a safe house for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Operation of a community radio station in Kitutu town center
  • Installed a palm oil press in Kitutu for the population to use in the production of locally sourced palm oil
  • Sensitized local authorities on the management and maintenance of a traditional bridge on the Elila River in 2010; also contributed funds to the upkeep of the bridge

Organizational Vision

Improve socioeconomic conditions for all Congolese people

Project Proposals

  • Building institutional capacity: ODC seeks funds to equip its office with computers, printers, and other equipment; provide training for its staff; and purchase means of transportation to increase the reach and efficiency of its work. Cost: $24,500
  • Improving the radio station: ODC seeks funds to purchase new equipment for its radio station and provide training for its staff. Cost: $27,925
  • Promoting conservation and environmental protection: ODC seeks funds to establish a tree nursery, organize the planting of trees in the Kitutu health zone, and organize community information sessions to educate people about the effects of deforestation and better forest management practices. Cost: $38,782

Contact

Gerard Mulalu Tamawana, +243.995.419.610, +243.853.715.942, odc_asbl@yahoo.fr

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