WORDS OF THE CO-ORDINATOR
In order to make its work balanced and to be on all the different fronts in order to fulfill its mission of fighting sexual violences on women and children, LIZADEEL has devoted its time to the care of survivors by the creation of a Social House.
The Social house is composed of two major services whose aim is to achieve the mission of the LIZADEEL. On one hand, the transit center, whose purpose is to help former victims recover and fight their trauma. This struggle involves a psychological follow-up with specialists, who in this case are psychologists. They listen to survivors and provide close guidance for an effective recovery. On the other hand, the social home offers to those survivors the possibility to learn a trade which would fit the skills of each individual. Cut and sew, Aesthetics and Hospitality, are some services that the social home offers for instance. Computer learning will soon be proposed. The aim is to help victims regain their trust in society by undertaking careers that should make them economically independent.
GENERAL DIRECTOR FOSI
THE INTEGRATED SOCIAL WELFARE CENTER AND THE TRANSIT CENTER
In the DRC, there are no structures dedicated to the care for victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Children or women who have been sexually abused, mistreated, and/or neglected are not supported. They are left helpless , alone to respond to their own situation. Facing this situation, LIZADEEL first set up a transit center for the temporary accommodation of vulnerable people. Sadly, it was recognized that after family reintegration, the victims were still vulnerable. LIZADEEL then decided to develop a vocational training project for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. This prompted our association to create the vocational training center.
The Integrated Social Welfare center (FOSI) has two essential components: – The vocational training center, which proposes trainings in fields according to the needs of the province.
For the city of Kinshasa for instance, the following channels are organized: Hospitality, Needler & School, Aesthetics, and others – The transit center, which has the capacity to accommodate 45 adolescent girls.
The transit center is the place of fight against trauma for women and children who have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence. It also serves as a transitional housing for victims and as an internment center for vulnerable adolescents who have to undergo vocational training.
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