Together with partner organizations Help Channel Congo (HCH) and (ADED) Help a Child wants to improve the food security and livelihoods of 2.250 vulnerable people (both host community and Burundian refugees) in the Lusenda area on household level. Reforestation, rehabilitation of rural roads, promotion of kitchen gardens, setting up self-help groups and vocational training for young people will be the main activities of this project.
To increase soil conservation and fertility the first objective is the reforestation of 500 ha and agroforestry of areas around Lusenda refugee camp. This action will also compensate for the trees used by the ever-increasing number of refugees and the local population as firewood.
Rehabilitation of rural roads
Opening the Lusenda-Lutabula road (45 km) will link the zone of high agricultural production (Middle plateau) and the littoral zone where there is concentration of markets, refugees, health centers and so on.
By the installation of kitchen gardens food diversification can be promoted and the access to more and better nutrients can be improved. Benificiaries of the kitchen gardens are both refugees and families of the host community.
By bringing benificiairies together in self-help groups, the social cohesion of the community can be consolidated. By saving and credits members of a self-help group can give mutual assistance. Also they can strengthen each others capacities on various topics related to groups dynamics and agricultural techniques.
Under the Food for Asset (FFA) settlement, participants in the different activities of the project, especially those relating to reforestation and road tracing, will be paid in food. In this project help a Child supports the self-help groups and the vocational training components, while in the near future World Food Programm hopes to join for the FFA aspect.