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The center for legal and psychosocial assistance for children and mothers victims of sexual violence, CAJEM, is a specialized service of LIZADEEL that deals with the survivors, especially women and children victims of sexual assaults. We ensure judicial responsibility through a group of lawyers who are members of the organization, as well as by offering psychological care with a group of psychologists that are devoted to this crusade. We ensure the medical reference in hospitals in agreement with LIZADEEL and the socio-economic reintegration with our social household.
Our motto is: the protection of women and children is our concern!
Economists, lawyers, physicians, expert accountants, social assistants, psychologists, computer experts, nurses, Development engineers, agronomists, veterinarians: in total 68 experts are constituting the trained and experienced mainspring of our human resources, in order to achieve with care and efficiency the different tasks related to the protection of the needy to whom the LIZADEEL is devoted. Most of them are working as volunteers, except for some permanent contracts.
In addition, CAJEM has a special group of social workers and psychologists who are affected to different offices throughout the city of Kinshasa, including:
LIZADEEL has a transit center and a vocational training center. The transit center is a temporary accommodation center for girls and women whose trauma is particularly serious and requires specific care. The temporary housing is granted to women and/or girls victims of sexual violence who present particular trauma symptoms and who are abandoned without any resources. Their stay within the center cannot go beyond 12 months before a final reinsertion. Since its creation, the center has hosted some 270 women and girls who have undergone a training with professional partners in order to be able to choose a vocational training field.
This training is given to all the women and/ or girls and teenagers in transit at the center who have already recovered from their trauma.
The vocational training center offers a vocational training to all vulnerable people.
After people have selected a specific field of training, they are either inserted in a normal cycle to further their studies, or they undergo a 6-month vocational training followed by a professional internship.
After the training, people are given a hope kit. Once their training and internship is over, they are set in groups of 4 people for them to start a micro-business with help from their hope kit. This assistance (hope kit) contains:
The renting of space with a six-month lease warranty;
Working equipment (sewing equipment, hotel business equipment, aesthetic equipment…)
The vocational training center, along with social counselors from “CAJEM”, commits to monitoring the micro-business for a period of 6 months in order to make sure that the business will come to fruition.
LIZADEEL organizes meetings with the judiciary officials to punish any lawyer who willingly neglects women and children who were victims of rape. More than 300 lawyers were fired by the President of the Republic in 2008 due to their negative behavior.
LIZADEEL has been able to get the parliament to the vote for specific laws against sexual violence and for the protection of children.
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The LIZADEEL needs more support in order for us to be able to develop our programs around the country and to reach more people in need. Every dollar counts. Every dollar you give will be used to provide more help to victims of all kinds of abuse. Any amount of money you can contribute with will give enormous joy and smiles to these women and children victims of abuse. Please help these victims today and change their lives.