Areas of intervention
ACPEJ intervenes in the following areas:
- Children’s Rights and Education
- DDR Child
- Food Security, Agriculture and Livestock
- Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
- Civil society capacity building
- Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
- Female Leadership, Gender Promotion and Fight against SGBV
- Conflict management and transformation
Environment and climate change Health
Most of our efforts in the program involve community and armed group sensitization, the study of problems and new approaches, community involvement in all stages of finding solutions, the development of innovative tools to contribute to the community goal of our organization.
We measure our success in each area through the collection of qualitative and quantitative data. We then use this information to measure mutations and changes based on our reference measurements.
ACPEJ intervenes in the following areas:
Each challenge encountered in the implementation of our programs, for us, is an opportunity and, through this initiative, we ensure that our partners, or communities, are ready to manage the unique situations they encounter. We take an innovative approach that empowers our community by providing the support needed when needed.
ACPEJ's integrated approach takes into account food security issues but also environmental protection and community empowerment. More than 795 million people suffer from hunger in the world. Each year, hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of 45% of deaths of children under 5 years old. An increasingly urgent challenge While global food needs will increase by 70% by 2050, experts predict a decline in agricultural production for food, in particular due to urbanization and climate change . Thus, by 2080, 600 million additional people will suffer from food insecurity as a result of climate change.
Strengthen community resilience to food and nutrition insecurity,
ACPEJ supports the local communities of Bwito in agricultural and livestock projects in Rutshuru and Masisi Territory
Our projects reduce economic insecurity by improving income opportunities for disadvantaged families
In 2012, 1.2 billion people, or 22% of the world's population, still live below the extreme poverty line, set at $1.25 a day.
Develop income-generating activities
We train the poorest people to improve their employability. ACPEJ also strengthens the management skills of micro-entrepreneurs and provides them with production techniques that generate added value.
In the fields of agriculture, small agri-food industry and crafts, ACPEJ supports the creation of sectors and the development of links with markets for the creation of additional outlets.
ACPEJ also supports the development of village savings and credit associations (AVEC) which allow members to pool their savings. The members, 80% of whom are women, can also take out small loans to finance income-generating activities or projects of community interest, such as cereal banks. Repayment rates approach 100% and interest rates allow the community bank to be independent
ACPEJ defends the rights of children so that they can acquire the self-confidence and skills they will need throughout their lives.
Children have the right to protection, to the satisfaction of their basic food and health needs and to education.
Worldwide, 124 million children and adolescents are deprived of their right to education. Poverty is the primary cause.
Defend the right of children to live in a family
A child's first right is to live in a family. This makes it possible to attach the child to a story and above all it offers him a perimeter of protection against the violation of his rights. However, many abandoned children are deprived of it. In order to help keep children in their families, we support the most vulnerable populations through literacy programs and the creation of income-generating activities. This also involves preventing unwanted pregnancies through family planning programs.
Improve school care
Our teams make communities and public authorities aware of the importance of education for all.
ACPEJ defends sexual and social diversity as well as the adaptation of school curricula to cultural and linguistic differences.
ACPEJ supports populations to prepare for climate shocks and better adapt in the long term.
ACPEJ supports populations affected by one-off climatic shocks (storms, floods) or long-term disturbances (variability of precipitation and temperatures) which weaken their means of subsistence, for example with a reduction in harvests.
Managing natural resources equitably and sustainably
People's livelihoods depend on their environment. ACPEJ helps them develop resilience strategies by preserving their natural resources. This involves:
The promotion of agricultural practices adapted to climate change and respectful of natural resources such as land and water (agro-forestry, agro-ecology).
Improving access to and control of resources, especially for the most vulnerable
ACPEJ relies on the participation of local communities to improve access to and the quality of water and sanitation systems.
Today, 2.5 billion people, more than a third of the world's population, lack basic sanitation, such as toilets or sewage treatment systems. 768 million people in the world do not have access to drinking water.
This is a real public health issue.
More than 3.6 million people die each year from diseases linked to poor water quality and an unsanitary environment.
Support local project management
ACPEJ manages projects for the construction and maintenance of drinking water supply systems, boreholes, sanitation systems, waste collection and recovery.
ACPEJ's objective is to set up an autonomous and sustainable local system. For this, the maintenance of the water supply and sanitation systems is ensured by the communities grouped into management committees.
We also promote the creation of synergies between local NGOs and the private sector and support consultation between national authorities and local officials.
The impact of our programs does not only depend on the improvement of infrastructures, it is necessary to implement health education and hygiene promotion actions to promote better use of available resources for the benefit of health.
Training sessions are organized for communities on various topics such as water storage, individual and collective hygiene, household waste management, etc.
ACPEJ also relies on networks of community referents to promote methods for the prevention of waterborne diseases
In all its projects, ACPEJ has a partnership approach, in particular with local civil society actors (NGOs, Committees, Cooperatives, etc.).
The aim is to guarantee the formation of coordinated public policies that make more effective and sustainable strategies for reducing poverty, protecting the environment and defending gender equality. It is therefore essential to develop instruments of governance as well as citizen participation in order to restore a balance between government and civil society. To do this, we ensure that the main participants and organizations representing the populations concerned are our partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our programs, and we strive to strengthen their capacities when necessary. in programmatic and technical areas, management, and governance.
ACPEJ improves access to affordable and quality medical services for all.
Each year, 100 million people are pushed into poverty due to the cost of their medical bills.
Many countries do not have a social protection system or public health services.
In developing countries, 2/3 of deaths of children under five are due to diseases that can be prevented or treated with simple and inexpensive interventions.
With a view to prevention, ACPEJ organizes education sessions with populations, improves hygiene and sanitation structures and organizes vaccination sessions. We also strengthen local capacities by creating, equipping and training local health committees and public health structures
On all continents, women are the most exposed to poverty, disease and discrimination. The majority of people living on less than $1.25 a day are women.
For these women, poverty means not only lack and need, but also denied rights, limited opportunities and silenced voices. Thus in most countries that have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, sexist laws still govern marriage, property and inheritance.
Societies cannot sustainably prosper when half of their population sees their rights violated. ACPEJ therefore seeks to rebalance the relationship between women and men.
ACPEJ's programs support women's empowerment. This includes: Strengthening women's agency: ACPEJ helps women understand their rights, develop their skills and promotes self-confidence. We also facilitate access to resources.
promoting equitable relationships:
our teams encourage women to participate in decisions made within their family and community. And because women cannot change mentalities alone, ACPEJ involves the whole of society.
the evolution of social norms and legislation: with the support of local authorities, ACPEJ supports the adoption and implementation of laws allowing women to exercise their rights in complete autonomy.
Involvement of the whole of society
Women whose rights are violated cannot change society alone. It is therefore essential that the whole of society - people, companies, institutions and States - get involved in favor of equality.
But if men are essential allies, we must take into account the fact that they too are locked into a rigid framework of behavior within patriarchal societies. ACPEJ voluntarily counters these representations by involving men and boys as equal partners of women and girls. For example, ACPEJ promotes the participation of men in its sexual and reproductive health programs in order to combat stereotypes. Other programs invite men who have changed their behavior in favor of greater equality within their couple to testify with other men in order to encourage them to change in their turn.
Through our programs and approaches, we can have a real impact and make things better. This is one of ACPEJ's favorite fights, and a source of motivation for staff and members of our non-profit organization. ACPEJ wants to inspire the community and wants to turn words into deeds. Our organization, created in 2017, is driven by progressive ideas, peace, respect for gender and children's rights, bold measures and a solid base to support our actions.
ACPEJ intervenes in the following areas: