Stichting A Cup for Humanity
Adelaarshorst 6, 2675 WL Honselersdijk, Nederland
The objective of the foundation is to break the cycles of violence and to create a harmonious society in eastern Congo by providing quality education, supporting refugees psychologically and financially and to stimulate and restore dialogue in society through reconciliation.
Membership of the board and function
Our foundation has 3 board members:
– Aad van den Bos; president of the foundation;
– Petra van Dijk; secretary and treasurer of the foundation;
– Paul Mutama Sebasaza; general member and director of the foundation, he is the local man in Congo who is leading the activities in Congo.
The board is responsible for the daily policy. The 3 board members have equal suffrage, as defined in the notarial deed of the foundation.
We are mainly working with volunteers. Our board members and volunteers don’t receive any compensation for their work. Eventual expanses could be compensated. Our foundation employs 1 director, he is the local man and he does work related to the goal of the foundation. He will be paid according to the minimum wage, related to the local circumstances.
A Cup for Humanity is a premier non-government organization which was born as a response to the vicious cycle of violent conflicts in the eastern Congo. It is our passion is to provide an alternative to the culture of violence by planting the seeds of peace, unity, and reconciliation, by shaping ideologies and preparing future generation to live in harmony and dignity.
Our goal is to develop a nonviolent generation in Eastern Congo. At the heart of our model for breaking cycles of violence is reconciliation and community healing through education sponsorship, and empowering refugees. This will give hope for the future for the victims of war and genocide as well as those living in poverty and to share the freedom that is found in Christ
2. TARGET GROUP
We exist to serve mostly victims of war and other human rights abuse such as rape among others in Uvira territory and beyond. We, therefore, focus principally on serving the most vulnerable groups such as children and women. Beyond that, our activities will target refugees and internally displaced people in and around Uvira together with the local population in order to plant the culture of reconciliation and nonviolence.
Our approach is holistic, for it will integrate the activities within the whole social strata so that we may not leave any loophole through which dividing ideologies could profit and emerge.
3. SITUATION AND WORK AREA
Uvira is a small yet strategic town at the crossroad bordering Tanzania, Burundi an Rwanda.
It has been a hot spot for postcolonial violent conflicts. It is reported that the Uvira zone was one of the worst affected in the country by the war. Despite rehabilitation programs by international aid agencies, the human impact of the war is also widespread: for example, a nutritional survey in and around Uvira showed a global (moderate and severe) malnutrition rate of about 13 percent among under-fives shortly after the end of the war. Furthermore, regardless of countermeasures at the macro level, it is still evident that real peace will be hard to achieve because many armed groups found fertile ground both among the local population. Consequently, there are at least reported seventy armed groups active in the eastern Congo, Uvira Zone of the South Kivu province entertaining their highest density.
Besides violent conflicts in Uvira and its adjacent areas, available empirical evidence clearly suggests that the region is still affected by deep-rooted violent conflicts. As a result, many survivors are forced to leave their homes and start a perilous journey of forced migration. Some become refugees, while others become internally displaced people.
Therefore, A Cup for Humanity will serve as a beacon of peace and reconciliation in Uvira at the micro level through education, reconciliation, and empowering refugees. Given its strategic location, we believe that healing Uvira will impact the wider great lakes region for sustainable peace and reconciliation.
Our head office is in the Netherlands and that is the location where the foundation is managed: Adelaarshorst 6, 2675 WL Honselersdijk
Email address: email@example.com
5. MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION
The foundation has an official Board of three people who perform the three main tasks, namely Aad Van Den Bos – Chairman, Petra Van Dijk – Secretary and Treasurer, Paul Mutama Sebasaza- a general board member and director. He is living in Uvira and he is in charge of the daily state of affairs.
The board is responsible for the daily policy. All 3 board members have equal suffrage, as defined in the notarial deed of the foundation. It is the task of the Board to hold Board meetings at least three times a year. This is usually done via Skype or conference call. The secretary of the board, or the person designated by either, write the minutes.
6. ACTIVITY POLICY
Our policy focuses on three major pillars, namely, education, reconciliation and empowering refugees. In the context of perpetual violence, education (formal and non-formal) can serve socially constructive purposes to prepare victims to actively participate in the process of social, cultural and economic development. Consequently, contributing positively towards building a culture of peace and tolerance within a framework of multi-ethnicity, cultural and linguistic diversity. Education is imperative, for it imparts not only knowledge and skills, but more importantly, social inclusion. Therefore, through education, the project helps to promote healing, tolerance, sustainable social inclusion. It is in this framework that ACfH is starting a modern kindergarten in Uvira in 2019 which will keep growing to the level of a secondary school in later years. We aim at educating children while we keep them through an education system which will raise them to be prosperous and peaceful citizens.
Besides, A Cup for Humanity adopts a model for reconciliation and community healing which addresses major precursors of violence such as ethnicity, a power struggle among others. It engages intercommunity dialogues by promoting the culture of peace in the region and beyond. Furthermore, it promotes the place and role of the Christian message of peace in directing and or redirecting conflicting ideologies.
Given the intricacy of the problem in Uvira, which caused thousands of people to live away from what they call home, thus creating a cycle of vulnerability, A Cup for Humanity will train migrant/refugee church leaders to understand the theological meaning of migration as God’s strategy to reach nations and prepare them to be a blessing in foreign grounds. Furthermore, we shall provide psychoeducation to the most vulnerable refugee’s victims of war and genocide in order to make them resilient and productive. We believe that everyone deserves to have and live in a place he calls home.
During 2019, we are going to start a modern kindergarten in Uvira. We shall also provide psychoeducation to the most vulnerable refugee’s victims.
The income of our foundation will be created by gifts and donations of donors, churches, companies, and project based.
A Cup for Humanity will use these donations and gifts for at least 90% to the general purpose of the foundation in Congo. Our foundation doesn’t have a profit.