About Us:

Leadership

OHED is governed by two bodies, all of which are Congolese:
• General Assembly (AG)
• Board of Directors (BoD)

The General Assembly (AG) consists of all full members of OHED, including those serving on the Board of Directors, and meets at least once each year to discuss, refine, and approve OHED’s work plan for the following year.

The Board of Directors (BoD) manages OHED’s affairs ensuring the success of its plans of action.

Read more in OHED's Bylaws. 

Members

OHED has two categories of members:
• Full members
• Supporting members

Full members actively support OHED, complete the application process, and pay its membership fees. Full members have the right to vote during General Assembly meetings.

Supporting members provide materials and/or financial support, but may not qualify for or have not yet applied to become full members. Supporting members do not have voting rights.

If you would like to join and support OHED, please contact us!

Background

For more than twenty years, towns and villages in the eastern part of the DRC have suffered extortions, killings, and sexual violence by armed groups and bandits. The number of violations have increased in the rural areas where the government army and UN forces are not visible.

As a result, the inhabitants of South Kivu Province have been fleeing their villages in search of safety, either in different villages or abroad. Governmental institutions and humanitarian agencies cannot reach the localities and villages due to insecurity created by the armed groups. People continue to die of hunger and diseases such as HIV, syphilis, and TB. The rate of prostitution has increased out of desperation to earn money for food and supplies. Even in the refugee camps, the food received from international organizations does not meet the need.

In 2014, Mr. Joseph Patience Mubake initiated a meeting with a few Congolese people at Kagembe-Malingumu to find possible solutions to these problems. Many key questions arose during that meeting: What can we do while human beings like us continue to die of hunger? Who can assist us? Where can our voice be heard? How can we organize ourselves to sort out the problems of hunger and malnutrition?

The participants agreed that Congolese must lead the effort and instantly supported the idea of creating OHED. They prioritized the fight against famine and poverty with the implementation of agriculture and livestock projects in rural areas. The success of those early efforts required charity, determination, and willingness from both OHED volunteers and the target communities. Mr. Joseph Patience Mubake continues to help lead OHED, now as its Executive Director.

OHED MISSION

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.