Strengthen the Capacity of Communities to Improve Their Living Conditions

PEAR+ project for community resilience

PEAR+ improves access to drinking water

NEWSThe Governor of Ituri Province, Abadalah Penembaka, officially launched, this Tuesday November 3rd 2017 at Bunia, a multisector UNICEF project aimed to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by armed conflicts in the Nyankunde and Komanda health zones in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A project to reduce the vulnerability of families

Funded by the Swedish Government, this UNICEF project targets around 215,000 people and will be implemented by a consortium of four non-governmental organizations (ADRA, AVSI, TEARFUND, RHA) with the active participation of communities themselves and technical bodies of the Congolese Government.

It’s a resilience project that will help reduce the risks and the vulnerabilities of families through interventions in the areas of health, education, child protection, water, hygiene and sanitation.

Social Transition and Transformation

In his address, the Governor reiterated his commitment to exercise his leadership for the success of this project, which responds to the Government’s priorities in the province: ensuring adequate coverage of basic social services, the prevention and management of conflicts and the establishment of a reinforced social safety net.

« By supporting communities to overcome shocks and become true agents of social change, the PEAR+ project helps strengthen intra and intercommunity links, which are essential to allow children to play in a stable, balanced and favorable environment for their overall development. » marked Jackie Kiernan Kulage, Emergency Specialist in charge of the project.

« Beyond multisector approaches, this project is a vehicle for social transition and transformation » she insisted during a three-day workshop organized with the project stakeholders to share the vision and implementation strategies.

Make a difference for every child in the country

In order to ensure better ownership and sustainability of project achievements, coordination will be done in close collaboration with existing community structures at the level of decentralized territorial entities such as Health Zone Development Committees (CODESA), Community Animation Cells (CAC), Local Peace Initiatives (ILP), Parent’s Committees (COPA), school brigades, and community relays/volunteers.

In addition to resilience programs which strengthen the local capacity of communities to guarantee their access to basic social services in a sustainable way, UNICEF is making the difference for millions of Congolese children through maternal and child health support programs, the promotion of hygiene and sanitation, education, child protection, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the participation of children in the promotion of their rights.

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Translated from French by Matthew Khalkhali

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Gabriel Nsakala

Gabriel Nsakala est Spécialiste en Communication pour le Développement au bureau UNICEF de Goma. Il est engagé pour l’amélioration du bien-être des enfants et adolescents et croit fermement que c'est grâce à cela que chaque enfant pourra contribuer au développement.

Gabriel Nsakala is Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF Goma. He is committed to improve the well-being of children and adolescents and believes that each child is able to contribute to development.

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