Official Launch of the Sober Youth Project

The DRC Ministry of Social Affairs launches the ‘Sober Youth-Healthier communities’ project funded by the Swedish Cooperation

On 17th December 2020 in Kinshasa, the DRC Ministry of Social Affairs, Mrs Rose BOYATA MONKAJU and the Head of Mission a.i. of the Swedish Embassy, Mr Joachim BEIJMO with the WFAD-DRC team led by the Country and Deputy Country Representatives, Dandy YELA and Sarah BITAMAZIRE officially launched the project ‘Sober Youth – Healthier Communities: Transforming Violent Youth in Kinshasa’ implemented in collaboration with four partners: Living Peace Institute, Inter-Actions RDC, Synergie des Femmes and Dynamique Actions pour la Solidarité et le Développement.

This three-year program -2020-2023- funded by the Swedish Cooperation (Sida) through the Embassy of Sweden in the Democratic Republic of Congo, aims to support young persons to leave, and prevent others from joining the violent street gangs of Kinshasa.

The launching ceremony took place inside the premises of the municipality of Kinshasa and was punctuated by several speeches among others those of WFAD read by the Deputy Country Representative, Sarah Bitamazire, of the Swedish Embassy read by Mr Joachim Beijmo, Head of Mission a.i. and of the DRC Minister of Social Affairs. As the top Official attending the ceremony, the DRC Minister of Social Affairs officially launched the project while thanking WFAD and the Swedish Cooperation for the materialization of the project.

WFAD announced that the project has passed into the operational phase with the training of facilitators and the identification process of young people to be trained by LPI and SYFES, the purchase of cleanliness materials by Interactions RDC and drilling machine and equipments by DASOD. All these equipments and materials have been presented to the Minister of Social Affairs and the Head of Mission a.i. of the Swedish Embassy.

Every year, the project will be implemented in two stages. A first stage which consists of training and education of the identified youth through small groups with the main objective of raising awareness and consciousness for successful social reintegration. This training stage will be provided by our partners Living Peace Institute and Synergie des Femmes. Each year, a total of 500 young young people called ‘kulunas’, i.e. 250 girls and 250 boys, will be trained and educated to overcome drug addiction and alcohol abuse and the violence that results from. At the end of the three years 1,500 young people will thus be trained, educated and empowered for a good reintegration.

At a second stage, Actions RDC and DASOD will take over in supporting the young people in empowering them and increasing their skills in entrepreneurship and income-generating activities through the cleanliness program to be implemented by Interactions, and the production and sale of drinkable water program to be implemented by DASOD.

The event was also highlighed in media. Watch the newsbroadcast by pressing the below photo.

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