Founded and led by Congolese, the Humanitarian Organization for Education and Development (OHED) aims to alleviate poverty, famine, disease, illiteracy, and their related consequences in the South Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We work through our 56 village committees to offer educational seminars and hands-on activities that are improving the lives of our neighbors.
Our projects are designed to overcome the specific problems we face in the South Kivu Province, many caused by the conflicts and sexual violence of armed groups. OHED members help each other through our self-reliance projects based on peace building campaigns that focus on agriculture, handicraft, transport, information technology, and other vocational trainings. Please visit our Projects page to learn more.
OHED members are joined in the belief that Congolese people must solve their own problems. Likewise, we are working so that every person in the DRC will become socially and economically strong in his/her community where he/she is protected, cared for and given the opportunities to enjoy his/her life in peace and prosperity. The treasure of each of our members’ hearts and the measure of their wealth are the happiness and well-being of all.
OHED envisions an environment where families are valued, the rights of underprivileged and marginalized are preserved, and where the lives of the most vulnerable community groups remain secured and stable. In this way, every Congolese can become responsible for a well-led nation where peace and justice reign and where all people have the right to contribute for a common success.
The mission of OHED is to alleviate poverty, famine, diseases, illiteracy, and their related consequences in the South Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We do so through our framework of 56 village committees that enable OHED’s more than 500 full members and more than 3,000 volunteers to help each other through exchange, support, listening, and awareness of each other’s concerns. Please read more on our Projects page.
Since 2014, OHED members have been implementing self-reliance projects throughout the South Kivu Province. In all the projects implemented in urban and rural areas from 2014 to 2017, approximately 9,080 people of all ages benefitted from OHED efforts. OHED is now operational in 56 localities and/or villages of the South Kivu Province. Some of the most active are Bukavu and Uvira towns as well as the Shabunda, Fizi, Kalehe, and Walungu territories. Below are specific results per project type:
Agricultural and animal farming projects:
In total, 46 farms with rented land portions and various species have been cultivated, cared for, harvested and sold by OHED members on Bukavu-Maimoto, Kavumu-Kalehe and Baraka-Ubwari axes. Presently, the association volunteers are overseeing manioc, palm tree, sugar cane, pineapple, tomato, and rice plantations throughout the rural areas where farming activities are being carried out. In addition, OHED members succeed in keeping rabbits, chickens, ducks, doves, and goats for their revenue generation. So far, 25 localities have been involved in launching such projects with appreciable outcome.
Education and vocational training programs:
Between 2014 and 2017, 130 persons from different localities have already been helped by OHED trainers on development programs as future teachers of the association. Their numbers can be enumerated as follows: Tailoring=20, ICT=10, handicraft=15, building/bricklaying work=20, livestock farming=32, Computing=5, Craft technique=7, medicine=12, sport coaching=4, classical music=5.
Health and WASH
Through OHED’s health projects in our first three years, 5,020 persons have learned how to prevent HIV/AIDS, TB, and other infectious diseases in the target areas of the South Kivu Province. More importantly, OHED trainers continue to show the participants how the victims of HIV/AIDS and TB can be protected and cared for by their communities and/or relatives. The association volunteers have also campaigned throughout the province on the prevention of malaria, including use of mosquito nets, and clean and safe water. During these organized sessions, they have also been explaining to the inhabitants the various proper ways of dealing with waste disposal and avoiding their related consequences in their communities.