April NGO of the Month
It was established under the laws and regulations of the Republic of Guinea and modelled on the Nutrition, Agriculture, Family and Literacy Association "Anafa Los Amigos de Ziguinchor", a non-governmental organization for development constituted in Mataró - Barcelona in Spain, on 27 July 1999.
Economic and social development, environmental protection, support for agricultural activities, development of farmers, and promotion of women and youth.
- To engage in international cooperation for sustainable rural development of agriculture, fisheries, livestock, fish farming and forestry thus promoting food self-sufficiency, agro-industry, food security, social welfare, education, health, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.
- To contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of indigenous people, to combat underdevelopment, destitution, poverty, hunger, insalubrity, infant mortality, illiteracy and rural exodus.
- To facilitate the return- to- home of internally displaced persons; defence of human rights; protection of natural resources and the environment; the development of renewable energy; the development of a contingency plan for disasters, the combating of deforestation, bushfires, land degradation, drought and desertification.
- To advance the protection of culture, conservation of positive ancestral customs, promotion of inter-cultural, sporting and artistic exchange; Gender parity and equality and cultural and religious tolerance.
1. Project to support local agriculture
This project, which falls within the global framework of combating food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty, is carried out in a relatively stable socio-political context at the national level but the financial crisis at the international level affects the food basket. The rate of food insecurity in Guinea is estimated at 32% of the total population and at 6% in Kolabounyi. Women are the most affected by this food insecurity.
Market gardening is the main source of income for poor households in urban and rural areas. It is the main income generating activity for women and women groups in urban and rural areas. Despite the important role vegetables play in diversification, nutrition and food security, market gardening is practised in difficult conditions with insufficient and low quality yields to satisfy demand.
This is reflected in the high prices of vegetable in different weekly markets at certain periods of the year rendering vegetables unaffordable in Boké district and especially in Kamsar Sangarédi and Boké towns. This situation is attributed, among other things, to a general low fertility of market garden farms, low usage of quality agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides), lack of adequate tools, insufficient water for irrigation, lack of appropriate agro-technical control and difficult access to loans.
Taking account of the labour put in by women in market gardening, women in Kiyai, Nereboungni and Dabankou districts took the initiative to create groups in order to improve access to agricultural inputs, financing and cultural techniques adapted for ensuring sustainable market gardening, with the aim of improving their incomes and living conditions. Despite these efforts, these challenges continue to persist.
2) Adult women literacy project in Kawass district, Kamsar rural commune
Adult literacy training for adult women who are members of associations of different trades (tailoring, sales, farming) in Kawass, northern Guinea.
The exclusion of girls from the formal education system is the root cause of the high illiteracy rate among adult women. This is what hinders the empowerment of women in Kawass district and keeps them in poverty. It is clear, therefore, that while the importance of literacy is reaffirmed in Guinea’s official documents, the state is yet to demonstrate its willingness and ability to use women's literacy as a springboard for development by allocating adequate human, financial and material resources.
It is for this reason that besides the contribution of Guinea's traditional technical and financial partners, (bilateral cooperation, international organizations, and development agencies), new actors (associations and NGOs) are mobilizing to try and tackle these challenges.
3. Multidisciplinary campaign to raise awareness and prevent sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in Boké region
The scourge of violence against women has become recurrent in the Republic of Guinea. The development of NTICs, social networks has contributed in highlighting this phenomenon. The worst thing is the tendency to trivialize violence against women. Victims suffer from shame and fear of rejection by their families and abandonment by their spouse who should be their first supporters.
Parents of teenage rape victims tend to blame the victims, which may lead them into depression. Despite the various measures taken to tackle this phenomenon, it is necessary to acknowledge that the protection of the victims remains a concern.
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