WASD 2011 Report


Mrs. Nyota, the President of WASD office in DRC looking for help to feed their pigs

Mrs. Nyota, the President of WASD office in DRC looking for help to feed their pigs

The RIDPA women in Ubwari are currently involved in agriculture, poultry, pig keeping, sewing and soap making in order to improve their economic situation and create a micro economy among women themselves.

Ubwari is one of the biggest peninsulas in the Lake Tanganyika located in south Kivu.  It is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During the War, many women were raped, tortured, and lost their lives in Ubwari. People living in Ubwari are facing many problems, as the area is not able to be reached by car, bicycle, or motorcycle. The only way to travel to Ubwari is by boat, so the area is very neglected and are in need of health care and supplies.

The difficulties in transportation to Ubwari also affect the development, accommodations, and infrastructure.  People are still living in grass houses, and women do not have access to ongoing education.  M

RDPA is now counting 126 cases of rape in the peninsula of Ubwari according to other non-profit organization reports. Women Action for Social Development (WASD) has been able to provide some assistance to women in 13 of these cases.

WASD’s main plan is to empower, equip, develop, and prepare womein in Ubwari for the future their future.  Many of these women have been left behind by their husbands. WASD is working in partnership with other organizations operating in the Fizi territory as well as churches and  Government bodies. Currently we do have 11 goats, 13 pigs, a small restaurant, and 12 sewing machine (though only 7 are still in good condition).  We also cultivate cassava, peanuts, and other crops.

Need assessment:

We call upon to people with good heart of mercy to help our Women’s group to get at least a wood boat and an engine.  This will help women and their families to quickly reach to nearest hospital for better treatment.

If you are interested in contributing, or have been touched by this report, please contact us through our office in Kigoma, Tanzania or Minneapolis USA through info@ridpa.org.