Since July 2010, IMA World Health (IMA) has led a five-year USAID-funded project that received an 18-month extension in the DRC called Ushindi, which means “we overcome” in Swahili. The Ushindi Project takes a holistic approach, integrating socioeconomic, legal, psychosocial, and health interventions to both support survivors of SGBV and to prevent SGBV in eastern DRC. The project aims to increase access to timely and quality services for individuals affected by SGBV; improve the quality of services and interventions for individuals and communities affected by SGBV; and reduce the vulnerability of individuals to future acts of abuse and violence. Ushindi’s activities target 10 health zones (Lolwa, Komanda, Mutwanga,Lubero, Alimbongo, Obokote, Ferekeni, Mwenga, Shabunda, and Kitutu) within the Orientale, North Kivu, Maniema, and South Kivu provinces in eastern DRC (an approximate population of 1.1 million). Interventions include the establishment of literacy circles and Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) micro-projects to provide opportunities for income generating activities. VSLAs generate benefits that address the basic needs of households (food, medical care, home improvement) and also strengthen social cohesion. In the project’s fifth year, an integrated exit strategy to promote community ownership and sustainability was developed by Ushindi partners with the support of key local actors, including youth clubs, SGBV committee members, community core groups (called Noyaux Communautaires), and local authorities.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Sud-Kivu
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Nord-Kivu
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Orientale
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Maniema