Voluntary Work for the Integral Development of the Rural Milieu (VODIMIR), South Kivu
VODIMIR is registered as an NGO with provincial authorization.
Bukavu, South Kivu province
Uvira, Mwenga, Walungu, and Kabare
Sectors of InterventionPrevention of SGBV and support for survivors of sexual violence; food security; rehabilitation of social infrastructure
VODIMIR (Volontariat pour le développement intégrée au milieu rural) was formedin 1996 to address the social and economic problems faced by rural communities in South Kivu. Itfocused initially on livelihood stabilization by supporting rural farmers and helping people displacedby war to start farming again. It also worked with survivors of sexual violence by helping them withsocioeconomic reintegration into their communities, and by giving them access to medical andpsychosocial assistance. Related to its SGBV work, VODIMIR convinced local leaders in one area tostop giving permission for parents to take their young girls out of school for the purposes of forcedmarriage. VODIMIR works closely with local health zones and leaders on a platform called CODA(Collectivité d’ONG de développement auto-génération); it also works closely with the Synergiepour la lutte contre les violences sexuelles in South Kivu. VODIMIR also works on food securityand rehabilitation of social infrastructure such as schools and health centers. VODIMIR has workedwith international donors such as IRC, WFP, and Malteser International.
MissionMobilize human resources, materials, and finances to support integrated development for vulnerable and marginalized groups
- Improve food security and increase food independence
- Improve housing in the community
- Provide support for local development initiatives
- Promote peace and reconciliation in the province
- Rehabilitate community infrastructure
Populations ServedVulnerable groups in rural areas, especially returnees, women, and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence
- Sexual and gender-based violence: VODIMIR identifies SGBV survivors and refers them for care.
- Food security: VODIMIR works with local farmers to find ways to stabilize and increase their food production. VODIMIR has demonstration gardens where local people can get access to improved seeds and learn more about agricultural production.
- Socioeconomic reintegration: VODIMIR supports microcredit schemes for people who need help regaining livelihoods and income, such as returnees and survivors of SGBV.
- Social rehabilitation: VODIMIR ties mediation, peace building, and counseling for survivors of sexual violence into its campaign for community transformation and social rehabilitation.
- Emergency needs: VODIMIR works to address communities’ emergency needs, particularly in response to food insecurity. It works in partnership with WFP to distribute seeds and tools in emergency situations.
The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets annually and selectsthe board of directors. The board meets every three months and oversees VODIMIR’s programs.VODIMIR has 15 staff members, including three nurses, a public health worker, five teachers, tworural-development technicians, and an engineer.
VODIMIR has one account at BCC in Bukavu and two cooperative accounts in Bukavu. Forfinancial, administrative, and personnel management, VODIMIR has:
- A procedures manual with policies for financial management, hiring and personnel issues, and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
- 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
- Well respected and accepted in the community
- Has competent personnel whose abilities have been proven by external evaluations of projects by donors
- Transparent and rigorous project management. Project leaders visit projects once a week and VODIMIR’s coordinator visits all projects once a month. Monthly activity reporting is discussed by the coordinator and project leaders to ensure open communication regarding potential problems and issues.
- Works closely with the provincial authorities
- Capacity building and training for microcredit management, SGBV counseling, and mediation
- Greater funding to meet program needs
- Greater awareness among local leaders and authorities of protection, human rights, and law
Funders and BudgetFor 2010, VODIMIR’s budget was $85,000. Funders include the International Rescue Committee and CARE International. VODIMIR also receives approximately $500 every three months through its membership program.
- Provided seeds and tools to 600 widows in Mushenyi
- Facilitated the medical, psychosocial, and economic reintegration of 1,089 female survivors of sexual aggression in Walungu, Mwenga, and Uvira
- Rehabilitated the central market in Kasheke (Walungu territory)
- Installed an electrically run mill in Ikoma
- Rehabilitated the road between Kazinzi and Kasheke
Organizational VisionIncrease the self-sufficiency of vulnerable and marginalized groups, and create peaceful communities working toward the prevention of SGBV
- Helping sexual violence survivors: VODIMIR seeks funds to help 300 survivors of SGBV in the Nyangezi and Walungu health zones of Walungu territory. VODIMIR will assist these women’s socioeconomic reinsertion into their communities by providing them with two goats each, and with additional support and follow-up. Cost: $38,550
- Improving food security: VODIMIR seeks funds to introduce improved cassava (resistant to mosaic virus) and provide goats and guinea pigs to 250 households in Karhongo (Walungu territory). Cost: $42,000
- Keeping young girls in school: VODIMIR seeks funds to educate school authorities, parents’ committees, local leaders, and families about why young girls leave school, and about the importance of completing their education. Cost: $26,000