Solidarity for the Development of Widows and Orphans to Promote Self-Sufficiency and Livelihoods (SEVOTA) founded by Godelieve Mukasarasi in 1994 in Kamonyi District.
SEVOTA works to rebuild the human relationships that were destroyed during the genocide in Rwanda. It is focused on widows and orphans, and its activities extend to all districts of the country.
SEVOTA helps its beneficiaries to organise themselves in order to analyse their own problems and those of the community and to find appropriate solutions. It envisions a society where human dignity is valued and where men, women, and children support each other for their personal development. SEVOTA has the mission of contributing to an improvement of the moral, social, political, cultural, and economic living conditions of its beneficiaries. The organisation has the overall objective of promoting activities relating to peace, reconciliation, and the promotion of human rights – specifically women’s rights and the rights of vulnerable children, through the creation of spaces for dialogue and capacity-building.
To carry out its mission, SEVOTA has developed the following intervention strategies:
The organisation and support of groups, clubs and forums.
Information, education and communication.
Participatory research and lobbying.
The target beneficiaries of SEVOTA’s work are widows, female victims of sexual assault, orphans and vulnerable children.
SEVOTA has had a variety of achievements in recent years:
Creating and following up sixty groups that carry out small projects, made up of 900 widows and 214 parents who have adopted orphans.
Setting up and organising exchanges between representatives of the groups, clubs and the community.
Forming ten ‘Hope and Peace’ clubs made up of 600 orphans and vulnerable children.
Supporting 100 women of violations committed during the genocide through the creation of a Network for Women for Peace in Kamonyi district (URUNANA rw’ abashaka amahoro).
Caring for and accompanying 100 surviving women of the genocide who have given birth after rape. This is done through setting up forums in various areas of Rwanda called ABIYUBAKA.
Eliminating illiteracy among adults. 750 couples with children under 3 years old benefited from this literacy project.
Promoting women’s rights through workshops organised for 900 young people and women focused on socio-economic topics, as well as through meetings focused on sensitising the community for the fight against gender-based violence. This includes the follow-up of their income-generating activities and environmental protection.
Organising Forums for Equitable Justice (FOJUE) which bring together surviving female victims and witnesses.
Initiating a ‘Hope and Peace’ programme for vulnerable women and young people.
Organising activities aimed at advocating for women’s rights and the rights of vulnerable children, especially the women and girls raped during the genocide and children born of rape.