The ‘Sober Youth-Healthier Communities’ Project still pursuing and entering its operational phase

The implementation of the three-year project funded by the Swedish Cooperation through the Swedish Embassy in the DRC is now effective in Kinshasa, with the acquisition by two implementing partners – Interactions & Dasod – of materials and equipment to be used in sanitation and drilling of water wells within the framework of the project.

In December 2020, in the presence of HE the DRC Minister of Social Affairs, Mrs Rose BOYATA and the Head of Cooperation of the Swedish Embassy in the DRC, Mr. Joachim BEIJMO, the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) launched, in collaboration with its implementing partners, Living Peace Institute (LPI), InterActions RDC, Synergie des Femmes (SYFES) and Dynamique Action pour la Solidarité (DASOD), the three-year project called ‘Sober Youth-Healthier Communities: Transforming Violent Youth in Kinshasa’ , a project funded by the Swedish Cooperation – Sida – through the Swedish Embassy in the DRC.

This project, which aims to help young people to leave and prevent others from joining the violent street gangs of Kinshasa, has entered into its operational phase with the acquisitions recently made by two implementing partners, Interactions RDC and DASOD, but also the start of drilling of the first water well as part of this project.

In fact, Interactions RDC has finalized the process of acquiring the dump truck, tricycles and bags to be used for the sanitation program as planned in the project and DASOD has started the drilling of the first water well after the acquisition of the plot and all the materials as well as other equipment (pipes, construction materials etc.).

These acquisitions and the start of the drilling of the first water well mark a major turning point in the effective implementation of this ambitious project which aims to help young people commonly known as “Kulunas”. These young people identified and trained by Living Peace Institute and Synergie des Femmes will then be managed for empowerment by Interactions RDC and DASOD.

After the successful launch at the end of 2020, the project has entered its operational phase at the beginning of 2021 and its implementation will be taking place in two stages each year. The first consists of coaching and training through youth clubs made up of identified “Kulunas” with the main objective of raising awareness for successful social reintegration. This training phase is provided by Living Peace Institute (LPI) and Synergie des femmes (SYFES) that are already busy working with the identified youth training clubs. On a second stage, the young people trained and supervised by the two aforementioned partners will be supervised by Inter-Actions RDC and DASOD NGOs, to empower the youth through rational management of waste (Collection of waste from households, hotels, churches, schools, health centres and hospitals etc.) against payment by the beneficiaries. In the second year, a plastic waste treatment unit will be installed as part of the project by Inter-Actions. DASOD will ensure the production and sale of drinking water with the youth supervised in youth training clubs set up in the framework of this project. These two partners will provide entrepreneurship supervision with the creation of paid jobs to ensure the sustainability of the project. At the end of this pilot to last for three years, 1,500 young people, girls and boys, i.e.  500 per year, will be able to support themselves, study and work to become citizens contributing to healthier communities in Kinshasa

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