Watoto Vision on Africa Organisational Profile
Watoto Vision on Africa a national NGO was founded in June 2013 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)
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,
- Human rights advocacy
- Civic engagement
- Budget allocation advocacy
- 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.
- WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA CORE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
- Equity and solidarity
- Justice for all
- Commitment to serve the vulnerable
- Integrity, transparency and accountability
- Equality and gender balance
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.
Improved and sustaining livelihood of vulnerable communities in Rwanda through environmentally sound interventions while focusing on equity, good governance, justice, democracy and human rights.
- Reduce malnutrition and food insecurity that cause irreparable damage to livelihoods, thereby reducing self-sufficiency through introducing sustainable food security and livelihoods improvement initiatives.
- Climate change mitigation and adoption
- 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.
- Increased sustainable access to safe water and sanitation services for men, women and children in rural and peri-urban.
- Increase access to primary health care services to vulnerable groups and locations.
- Increase public environmental awareness and advocacy through trainings, meetings, media etc.
- To enhance education and skills training access to youth and adults to promote employment opportunities.
- Enhance peace building, human rights and democracy promotion.
- 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.
- Strengthen community capacity to cope with future shocks in disaster preparedness and management.
- 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;
- Work with local communities and encourage management practices that conserve local natural resources.
- 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
- WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA FOCUSED PROGRAMMATIC AREA
- Increase enrolment and retention of school going population (aged between 5-18 years) with emphasis on gender equity and inclusiveness; while address socio-cultural barriers that hinder the enrolment of girls and children with special needs through community mobilization and sensitization, and by combating violence in the school place.
- Civic engagement and advocating to marginalized groups in Rwanda
- Advocacy to Budget allocation in sensitive sectors like health, nutrition, children and basic needs
- Facilitate the integration HIV prevention education for teachers, youth and children into education;
- Ensure availability of health education material on prevention of targeted diseases (malaria, TB, AWD, HIV/AIDS).
- To lower the incidence of malnutrition, avert excess mortality due to malnutrition and promote better nutritional status among populations in the affected areas.
- Watoto Vision on Africa Achievements
- Establishment of the Government National Steering Committee for anti-teenage pregnancy due to the research and advocacy done by WVA on this subject
- Through the advocacy on the rights of domestic workers, domestic work was added to the list of professions, an important step towards the recognition of domestic workers as a full fledge profession in the country ; The issuance of a ministerial order in May 2016 prohibiting the employment of children under 18, with an article referring specifically to children in domestic work and the creation of a Trade Union of Domestic Workers of Rwanda with the aim of combating any form of violence and HIV/AIDS for the welfare of domestic workers in Rwanda,
- Facilitation the integration of Human Right Based Approach in everyday work of members as one of the guiding approaches in their activities,
- Committment of the Government of Rwanda to increase citizen participation in policy planning and budget process,
- TARGET GROUPS
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA humanitarian and development programs aim for the most vulnerable community groups including but not limited to: IDPs, returnees, people with Disabilities (PWD) and other vulnerable and marginalized groups in Rwanda
- ORGAN STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is governed by statute that sets down all the organizational affairs. The Board of Directors safe-guards the assets of the organization, carries out fund raising and works out the policies and regulations of the organization. The Board of Directors oversees the organization.
The day to day management of the organization is conducted by management team led by the Executive Director
- GOVERNING BODY PROFILE
Governing body of WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA consists of 5 active and highly experienced and prominent members of the Rwanda community, having long years of experience in the development field with national and international exposures and experience in working with international and donor organizations.
- WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA Staff Structure and Profile
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA currently has 7 technical staff at managerial positions from various technical backgrounds.
The Founder/Director is responsible for the facilitation of organizational growth as a team leader and participates in programs and other activities within the organization. He is instrumental in policy advocacy and liaison; agency policy and strategy change management and head the project quality development cell.
- WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA Technical Expertise Know-How Available
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA has expertise on the following themes, which are made available to the organizational and individuals on terms:
- Primary Health Care Program in local setting (PHC)
- Social mobilization
- Environmental Protection and EIA designs
- Formal and Non-formal program development
- Micro-enterprise design and management (MED)
- Organizational development, management and sustainability
- Project management
- Public Policy and Administration
- Institutional capacity Building
- Curriculum and Resource Development
- WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA Partners
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is working to gain the trust and confidence among the humanitarian actors in Rwanda and also trying to attract funds from various donors and INGOs. So far WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA has the following partners;
- Rwanda Governance Board
- Rwanda Religious Leaders Forum
- Handicap International
- District Leaders
- Private Sector
- Community leaders
- Government Ministries related to education, health and local government
- FUNDING SOURCES
The organization strives to rise funding from members, the international and local donors to sustain its objectives and activities. It has developed accountability and transparency mechanisms in conducting its own projects.
The organization has very strict financial management policy, systems and control mechanisms. It creates cooperation and working relationship with the local business people and the international donor agencies.
- ORGANIZATIONAL STRENGTHS
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA organizational strength lies within the skills, knowledge and experiences of its member organizations.
- Sound-vibrant and dynamic BOD and managing team
- Dedicated experienced members and volunteers.
- Fully-equipped office in Kigali
- Good relations and cooperation with the government, private and non- profit organizations
- GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT INSTRUMENTS
WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is having separate policies on the following issues:
- Human Resource [HR Policy]
- Board Governance Policy
- Volunteers Management Policy
- Financial [ Financial Management Policy and Accounting System Guideline]
- Gender [Gender Policy]
- General Office Procedures
- Program implementation policy and procedures manual
- Environmental Protection Advocacy
“We will serve the community without discrimination at all time when in need”