HOLD is at a new location!
HOLD DRC Nord Kivu has a new address. After three months of looking for a space after the house that they rented for their center was sold, they were able to find a solution nearby, and in three days they were able to move, thanks to the active participation of beneficiaries and graduates, who all showed up to help! The new space works well for the beneficiaries and all the staff and volunteers of HOLD-DRC.
Five months was enough extra nourishment to restore health to the children of the girls and women in training who needed it. Since July 2015, HOLD DRC has followed children under five whose moms are learning at the center. Each trimester each child’s physical measurements are taken. "We notice a big change", says the Children’s Space teacher. Of the 48 children weighed, 40 children improved steadily: they weigh more, no more edema, better coloring in their hair and skin tones.
One girl (of the 7 who’ve been followed psychologically for the past two weeks) still doesn’t have a solution to her situation, as her partner says he’s not interested in mediation. She’s already tried unsuccessfully through a legal service, but decided to try again with the facilitation of the Department of Social Services, who is working through War Child.
Our goal of working with the women to help them learn skills that will increase their financial stability continues. The girls of the 6th Cohort all learned how to make decorations for parties and events, especially in this festive season. When thinking about self-supporting activities, it’s important that the women learn to expand their horizons and re-think situations. Party decorations can earn quite a bit of income in Goma these days. The cohort also helped in planning the move of HOLD DRC to our new location, and each shared their ideas and their strength for the total success of the move!
In Tailoring, beneficiaries finished learning how to put shorts together. And each of these future seamstresses put her learning into practice by making a straight skirt! See the results:
In Cosmetology, the girls learned how to make the base for a wig:
In Literacy the girls are making progress, and learned to conjugate (in French) the verbs « to be » and « to have » after they’d learned to write a letter in Swahili that 70% of the learners were able to accomplish.
In Culinary Arts, the girls inaugurated their new classroom (and modern kitchen) with a recipe called “Quick Grill”, which is called in Congo “Muchomo” or “Kamundele” in Kinshasa. There’s been a 3% increase in attendance, so we think the pleasant environment in the new classroom makes a difference!
The Provincial Department of Social Services and the trainers at HOLDDRC met to evaluate the course material for the training. The inspectors from the Department were very happy with what they saw, and encouraged the trainers to continue with the training schedules established by the Ministry of Social Services.
Saving bears fruit: the Association of Human Development created a savings system that helped one beneficiary who’d saved since the begining of the month and who just withdrew money that will help her start an income generating activity (selling fruit).
On the World Day of Savings, sessions for the beneficiaries were held to underscore for them the importance of saving.
Our team of Peer Educators went to the Used Shoe Market, to talk with the women selling shoes there, to inform them of human rights according to the universally agreed principles and legal texts.
Continuing the campaign for policy change in application of the national code for conduct on sexual violence within schools, the committee of school principals who’ve been working with HOLD have promised to raise awareness with 31 new schools, to make sure that the contents of the law code is both known and applied in these 31 schools of Goma.
For two days, Peer Educators, volunteers and Children’s Club leaders had training on "the relationship between man and the environment". The goal was to train trainers who are able to raise awareness and teach others about the environment. This training was taught by a journalist who’s a specialist in environmental issues, named TUVER WUNDI.
For the International Day of Recycling, the Children’s Club called Friends of Nature organized a day of cultural events and display of art objects made from recycled garbage by the children of the club. “Let’s Recycle to Clean up our Environment” was the name of the day, and a local actor named MZEE MBUKULI provided entertainment using comedy to underline the subject matter.
For the International Day of Recycling, the Children’s Club called Friends of Nature organized a day of cultural events and display of art objects made from recycled garbage by the children of the club. HOLD’s cultural club added to the event with traditional and modern dance and a skit.