Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo: Africa regional coordinator visits member organisations, nonviolence project in Burundi and the DRC
25/1/19 - Dieudonne Serukabuza, the regional coordinator for Africa for Pax Christi International, is on a special mission to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to visit member organisations and look in on the project taking place in that region, "Empowering New Generations for Active Nonviolence and Entrepreneurship". During his time in Burundi, Serukabuza has had a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Commission Episcopale Justice et Paix Burundi (CEJP), Fr. Charles Karorero. He has also visited with our member organisation Centre Jeunes Kamenge which works with young people and visited the Catholic parish of Kinama and the school wherein the training on active nonviolence is taking place.
On Thursday, 24 January, Serukabuza met with Pax Christi Uvira in South Kivu in the DRC for a discussion with two of the project trainers and the director of PC Uvira, Mr. Jean Jacques. Later that afternoon, he had a meeting with the group of 15 young people (10 men, 5 women) selected to start the income-generating activities. They have started a small shop, sewing workshop, photography, egg sales, hen breeding, corn and potato fencing, and a hairdressing salon.
After arriving in Kinshasa on Sunday, 27 January, Serukabuza will be meeting with 4 member organisations that are working in the capital, CENJP/CENCO, LIFDED, ANMDH and CIAM.
UPDATE: 18/2/19 - During the visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, Serukabuza met with Pax Christi International member organisations, addressing with them:
- Activities carried out in the project "Empowering New Generations for Active Nonviolence and Entrepreneurship"
- Success of the project
- Difficulties encountered and the exploration of suitable solutions
- Microcredits and youth groups who have started small entrepreneurship projects
- The future evaluation of the project
- Field visits to parishes, schools and youth meetings
During the closing meetings, our partners expressed appreciation for technical support provided and clarifications and solutions to improve the implementation of the project for youth. We noted that many young people are involved in active nonviolence, that they are motivated and enthusiastic, and that they especially want to achieve together in group activities generating income (AGR). Partners were encouraged to move forward with project implementation.
Additionally interesting and fruitful contacts were made with the representative of CRS in Kinshasa, the representative of CAFOD in the DRC, and the CEJP/CENCO.