Since our founding in 2014, OHED has taught thousands of our neighbors how to overcome poverty and hunger through our self-reliance projects. As each family learns these skills, they pass them on to their children as well as others in their villages. All of our projects are based on self-reliance, not simple charity. For instance, instead of giving food, we teach our neighbors how to grow their own food. Below are our current projects (in 2018).

Activities in 2018:

In 2018, OHED is training more local communities in self-reliance activities that generate sufficient income for their households. We are launching farming, livestock, and fishing pond projects with our general funds and members' contributions. We are also providing career, health, and literacy training. This participatory approach reduces poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy. These activities include at least nine farms, six livestock breeding projects, and five fishing ponds. However, our success depends on raising sufficient funds. If you would like to help please visit our Donate page.

AGRICULTURE

Implementation period: January-December 2018:  Activity 1 - Farming in collaboration with local communities, Locations: Kagembe-Malingumu, Lubanda, Katupu, Maimoto, Kayumba, Maindombe, Lumbwe, Orac and Oraza. Activity 2 - Leading projects on livestock and breeding of small animals, Locations: Uvira Center, Nondo, Kawizi, Lubinga, Katupu and Orac. Activity 3 - Dissemination of information on fishing ponds for revenue generating and nutrition activities, Locations: Kagembe-Malingumu, Majengo, Kakunga, Kayumba and Lubanda.

EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Implementation period: March-October 2018
During this period, the association members have opened a new office in Panzi quarter (Bukavu town). Since the creation of OHED in 2014, the activities focused much on education and development programs on Uvira-Kagembe axis. So, from March 2018, the members are providing their efforts to get a new office in Bukavu town. The major purpose of this program is to help local communities get trained on the tailoring, knitting, computing, literacy and other handicraft activities. Also, the opened office is providing the visitors and/or foreigners with the opportunities to easily assess OHED activities, confirm its existence in the South Kivu Province, meet with the staff members and deal directly with the target programs on the ground.

HEALTH

Implementation period: March-December 2018

The OHED members are organizing various local community trainings on malnutrition and HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Kagembe-Malingumu, Kilembwe, Baraka, Lulimba and Fizi centers. Similar capacity building activities are carried out among teachers and students in the Primary and Secondary Schools partnering with OHED. The programs mainly aim at reducing the rate of deaths due to HIV/AIDS, TB and other infectious diseases in the existing households as well as promoting health and improving the wellbeing of the entire local communities in the target areas. In total, 15,000 people including both children and adults are getting trained and increasing their knowledge on infectious diseases and other health problems in the South Kivu Province.

BICYCLES

Bicycles reduce poverty and boost the economy by providing efficient, inexpensive transport and thus contributing to the growth of our members’ businesses. In farming, medical, and commercial fields for example, Congolese people need bicycles for reducing displacement costs and dependency during their daily activities.

So far, OHED provides a few bicycles for our members in each of our villages. However, these bicycles are insufficient for community members to rely on because there is such a great demand to use them.

In 2018, OHED is seeking donations of many more bicycles so that households can have their own to depend on for their transport and business needs. We will also  provide bicycle repair training and will seek donations of tools and repair parts to ensure that all the bicycles we provide will be reliable transportation. Our bicycle repair training will also enable some of our members to generate income as bicycle mechanics.