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Adapted EVS in Democratic Republic of the Congo

This adapted EVS project was a group project, which started the 15th of August in 2014 and ended after two months.
Two groups of three young volunteers from Belgium and from the French part of Guiana were sent to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help implementing a project in Mikonga (which is in the east of Kinshasa) together with other young people.
Three of this six volunteers were faced with geographical and economic difficulties, for of them were visually impaired.
The project mainly dealt with information, education and communication about hygiene and environment in schools
in the area of Mikonga neighbourhood. Mikonga is a semi-rural area of 53.000
inhabitants. This area is confronted to several difficulties concerning the access to water, as well as poverty, what makes cleaning up complicated. As a consequence there is a lack of hygiene.

Objectives:

  • To promote intercultural learning among young Belgian, Guyanese and Congolese people ;

  • To get to know different realities, particularly these of DRC and Mikonga area ;

  • To raise awareness within the local community of health problems, hygiene
    and respect of the environment, in the aim of decreasing illnesses due to bad hygienic habits ;

  • To increase knowledge about visual impairment and illnesses linked to bad conditions, in order to raise their prevention.

Activities:

  • collecting and delivering eyeglasses ;

  • Participation in information and awareness sessions about hygiene, respect
    of the environment and visual impairment ;

  • Preparation of intercultural workshops for the young people and the inhabitants of Mikonga.

To apply principles and methods of non-formal educationn:

  • Teambuilding activities to create team spirit ;

  • Role plays with local population ;

  • In- and outdoor games ;

  • workshops ;

  • Information and awareness sessions ;

  • Reflection sessions to evaluate these experiences.

To encourage the integration of the young visually-impaired people and to make them independent, mobility and
daily-living skills activities were planed.

This project was a collaboration between three associations: Santé Nord Sud, Association 2ième chance and VIEWS International. VI was the coordinating association for it and it was realized with the support through the "Youth in Action" programme by the European Union.
You can find more information by reading articles (in French) at the related blog.