Sober Youth-Healthier Communities’ project: SYFES young girls training clubs to open sessions

The training clubs for young girls benefiting from this project funded by the Swedish Cooperation through the Swedish Embassy in the CRC, to open sessions on Monday, February 22, 2021, and the implementing partner, Synergie des Femmes – SYFES – aims to supervise more or less 250 girls in the first year of the project.

The NGO Synergie des Femmes, SYFES in acronym, one of the implementing partners of WFAD-DRC proceeded this Thursday, February 18th, 2021 to the official launch of the training clubs for young girls identified in the municipality of Kinshasa in the Ngbaka neighbourhood as part of the activities related to the project ‘Sober Youth – Healthier Communities: Transforming Violent Youth in Kinshasa’ in the presence of the Country Representative of WFAD in DRC, Mr Dandy Yela and the Representative of the Secretary-General at the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children, the Head of Division M. MULAMBA.

This event kicked off the official start of the psychosocial support stage for young girls by Synergie des Femmes (SYFES). More than a hundred young girls, some of whom were accompanied by their parents and/or guardians, attended this launch event held in ‘Salle du Zoo’ room in Kinshasa.

The psychosocial training sessions will effectively open on Monday, February 22, 2021, through groups made up of 20 girls each to ensure better understanding, as announced by SYFES Program Officer, Mr Olivier BAKALI. More or less 250 girls will be benefiting from this support by SYFES in this first year of the “Sober Youth-Healthier Communities” project.

Mrs Rose MUCHANGA, Coordinator of Synergie des Femmes encouraged the identified girls to participate actively and effectively in psychosocial coaching sessions in groups to receive support in behaviour change in order to be ready and eligible for the rest of the project in its empowerment and socio-economic component.

Mr Dandy Yela, Representative of WFAD in DRC said: “Today’s activity is part of the effectiveness of the implementation of this project which aims to supervise the violent youth commonly called ‘Kulunas’ in the city of Kinshasa.’’

‘’Day after day, week after week and month after month, we have worked hard, together with our 4 partners – Interactions, Dynamique Actions Pour la Solidarité et le Développement (DASOD), Synergie des Femmes (SYFES) and Living Peace Institute (LPI) – for the materialization of this project and today, we are very proud to see Synergie des Femmes play its part so well with the effective start of the supervision of young girls who have been identified to be beneficiaries, ” he added.

It should be recalled that the young girls identified to benefit from this three-year project supervised by WFAD and carried out by implementing partners – Synergie des Femmes (SYFES), Dynamique Actions pour la Solidarité et le Développement (DASOD), Interactions RDC and Living Peace Institute (LPI) are from one of the most difficult neighbourhoods of the Kinshasa municipality named Ngbaka. A neighbourhood well-known for violence and drug use, especially among young people.

It was on December 17, 2020, in the presence of HE, the Minister of Social Affairs, Mrs Rose BOYATA and the Head of Cooperation of the Swedish Embassy in the DRC, Mr Joachim BEIJMO that the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) launched, in collaboration with its implementing partners, Living Peace Institute (LPI), Inter-Actions RDC, Synergie des Femmes (SYFES) and Dynamique Action pour la Solidarité (DASOD), this three-year project funded by the Swedish Cooperation – Sida – through the Swedish Embassy in the DRC; a project which aims to help young people to leave, and prevent others from joining the violent gangs of the streets of Kinshasa.

~Written by the WFAD DRC Office





The Launch has been covered and reported by the news channels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Watch the news coverage in French below:

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