Watoto Vision on Africa a national NGO was founded in June 2011 in Kigali, by local Rwandan Nationals. The purpose is to provide sustainable livelihoods intervention opportunities to support the most vulnerable communities both in the urban and rural areas of the country consequently to have access to better education, adequate primary health care, self-reliance and economic empowerment, respect the ideals of human rights, peace, good governance and eventually improved sustainable community development. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is registered under the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in the Department of Education and Humanitarian Affairs Subsequent to series of consultative meetings in Kigal... read more Watoto Vision on Africa a national NGO was founded in June 2011 in Kigali, by local Rwandan Nationals. The purpose is to provide sustainable livelihoods intervention opportunities to support the most vulnerable communities both in the urban and rural areas of the country consequently to have access to better education, adequate primary health care, self-reliance and economic empowerment, respect the ideals of human rights, peace, good governance and eventually improved sustainable community development. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is registered under the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in the Department of Education and Humanitarian Affairs Subsequent to series of consultative meetings in Kigali and outside of Rwanda, the founders responded to the urgent need of Rwanda people and contributed into the emergency humanitarian crisis and development of their country rehabilitation and reconstruction after years of destructive conflicts and successive droughts and famines which led to the total collapse of socio-economic and political institutions. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA's humanitarian and development intervention programs are holistic, people-cent led community- based and sustainable. Therefore, sustainable livelihoods approaches are adopted for all WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA strategic and short-term program focus in Rwanda. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA sustainable livelihoods program interventions only add to the current humanitarian and developmental commitments in Rwanda, by utilizing principally home-ground solutions to vulnerable community challenges and needs. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA corresponds to the existing international and national humanitarian and development strategies. The organization puts into operation participatory approaches, strategic planning and community mobilization to find solutions to community problems. It offers a range of programming and support in; Emergency Relief Response, Climate change mitigation and Adaption Environment Protection Water Sanitation and Health (WASH) Youth Capacity Development Programs, Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) Since inception, the organization was successful to implement a number of emergency and development projects in cooperation with the locals, and international agencies. These projects benefited a large number of the most vulnerable communities in Rwanda; it created credibility, good-track- record and close collaboration with all stakeholders, local authorities, communities and donors. It has now transformed into well-established NGO competent of implementing multiple projects simultaneously. 2. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA CORE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES Respects the unique and inherent worth of all individuals. Moral and ethical integrity. People-centered development. Fairness and equity. Good governance. Honesty, transparency and accountability to stakeholders. Independence. Communication and collaboration. Environmentally conscious. Community managed sustainable and impact-oriented development. Solidarity with the poor. . 3. VISION WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA strives to ultimately see a stable and economical strong Rwandan society living in harmony and people respect the ideals of peace, good governance, rule of law, human rights and sustainable resource management. 4. MISSION Improved and sustaining livelihood of vulnerable communities in Rwanda through environmentally sound interventions while focusing on equity, good governance, justice, democracy and human rights. 5. OBJECTIVES 1. Reduce malnutrition and food insecurity that cause irreparable damage to livelihoods, thereby reducing self-sufficiency through introducing sustainable food security and livelihoods improvement initiatives. 2. Climate change mitigation and adoption 3. Increase access to education for children from poor and vulnerable groups while strengthening the quality and capacity of teachers, teaching/learning environment and institutional structures. 4. Increased sustainable access to safe water and sanitation services for men, women and children in rural and peri-urban. 5. Increase access to primary health care services to vulnerable groups and locations. 6. Increase public environmental awareness and advocacy through trainings, meetings, media etc. 7. To enhance education and skills training access to youth and adults to promote employment opportunities. 8. Enhance peace building, human rights and democracy promotion. 9. Promote and advocate for gender sensitive approaches to enhance women's rights and girl-child education and strengthen the participation and involvement of women and vulnerable groups in programs and organization. 10. Strengthen community capacity to cope with future shocks in disaster preparedness and management. 11. Improve the protection of and respect for the human rights and dignity of vulnerable populations - with a special focus on IDPs, women, children and marginalized groups - through effective advocacy and the application of a rights-based approach across all sectors; 12. Work with local communities and encourage management practices that conserve local natural resources. 6. WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA APPROACHES OF DEVELOPMENT WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA applies Sustainable Livelihoods approaches that provide a framework for addressing poverty and vulnerability in both development and humanitarian contexts. They have emerged from the growing realization of the need to put the poor and all aspects of their lives and means of living at the Centre of development and humanitarian work, while maintaining the sustainability of natural resources for present and future generations. Sustainable livelihoods objectives aim to increase the sustainability of poor people's livelihoods through promoting; Improved access to high-quality education, information, technologies and training Nutrition and health; A more supportive and cohesive social environment; More secure access to, and better management of, natural resources; Better access to basic and facilitating infrastructure; More secure access to financial resources; a policy and institutional environment that supports self-reliance multiple livelihood strategies that promotes equitable access to competitive markets for all
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