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Q: Where will my donation go?
A: All donations to Menelik Education’s Goma Volcano Fund will support immediate and long-term relief and recovery work after the volcanic eruption. Initially, the fund will help provide shelter and a safe haven to children, young girls, and other vulnerable groups. It will their immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and security. Once initial relief work is complete, the fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local partners, vetted organisations in the community.
Q: Why does Menelik Education have a locally-led approach to disaster recovery?
A: Generally, we believe indigenous organisations are best positioned to assess and respond to needs in the long term. Our view is that by doing so we do not create dependency and together with our partners we can nimbly and effectively provide for immediate and ongoing community needs. Getting funds to them benefits communities directly and quickly.
As a charity, we rely on donations to help support our projects and work with the community we are seeking to help. Your donation will play a vital role in supporting our continuing work.
You are the reason we can continue to deliver projects such as our Work Skills for vulnerable groups in the community.
Menelik Education and its partners are providing vital support to communities in Goma affected by the recent volcanic eruption and ongoing struggles from decades of violence and widespread health issues in this region and throughout the country.
We want to continue to support Congolese in Goma who have been forced from their homes by this eruption, expanding our reach based on where we can have the biggest impact. We need to build shelters for vulnerable groups, improve health services, provide education and economic wellbeing.
How are we helping?
Menelik Education and its Partners are helping people affected by violence and displacement, acute malnutrition, and epidemics. The main priorities are:
address the pressing, widespread humanitarian needs
provide protection and life-saving assistance to victims of violence and insecurity
help curb disease outbreaks.
We work with partners to:
provide food assistance, shelter, protection, emergency healthcare, including care for survivors of sexual violence
improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions
ensure that children caught in humanitarian crises can go to school.
In the face of the additional challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the volcanic eruption, we continue to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance for people in need. Weare also supporting the coronavirus response in terms of prevention and control measures, and access to quality health care, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of so many in need right now.
We are an African non-profit grassroots organisation working in the DRC, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Cameroun and we are dedicated to empowering communities to take charge of their own development and break the “cycle of poverty”. We accomplish this through ongoing initiatives in education, farming assistance, health care, and many more.
For the community
We are committed to supporting communities to do things for themselves and to make their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services for the benefit of all.
Our empowerment concept
Community empowerment is about working in ways which empower people – ways which mean that people feel ‘confident’, that they – and the groups they are involved in – are inclusive and organised, that networks are formed, are cooperative and support each other and – ultimately – they are influential. These are the 5 Community Empowerment Dimensions that inform all our work at changes.
Confident, we mean, working in a way which increases peoples skills, knowledge and confidence – and instills a belief that they can make a difference
Inclusive, we mean working in a way that recognises that discrimination exists, promote equality of opportunity and good relations between groups, and challenges inequality and exclusion
Organised, we mean working in a way that brings people together around common issues and concerns in organisations and groups that are open, democratic, and accountable
Cooperative, we mean working a way which builds positive relationships across groups, identifies common messages, develops and maintains links to national bodies, and promotes partnership working
Influential, we mean working in a way that encourages and equips communities to take part and influence decisions, services, and activities
Our community empowerment programme is about putting the values of community development into action.
Education is essential to achieving a higher quality of life. Many individuals in many African countries find it difficult to access quality education due to poverty, violent conflict, and a myriad of other issues. Although access to education may seem like a daunting problem, Menelik Education is supporting individuals, schools, colleges, and universities in Africa. We are currently focusing on young people between the age of 8 and 18 years old by providing long-term scholarships to at-risk children that are funded by individual donations. We also work to improve and build schools within the country in which we operate.
What we stand for:
Menelik Education believes that communities irrespective of where they are in the world, are a rich source of energy, creativity, and talent. They are made up of people with rich and diverse backgrounds who each have something to contribute to making their community a better place to live in. Central, local, and international governments need to help communities to work together and release that potential to create a more prosperous and fairer world.
Menelik Education is committed to supporting communities in the areas in which it operates, such as Cambridgeshire in the UK, Kinshasa, in the D.R. Congo, or elsewhere in Africa by supporting them to do things for themselves and having their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services.
Where communities are empowered we see a range of benefits: local democratic participation boosted; increased confidence and skills among local people; higher numbers of people volunteering in their communities; and more satisfaction with the quality of life in a local neighbourhood. Better community engagement and participation lead to the delivery of better, more responsive services and better outcomes for communities.
Menelik Education is taking forward action in a number of areas and is working closely with local authorities and partners to help support and promote community empowerment and engagement.
We are improving the lives of communities through better health.
Women are the gatekeepers to their communities health. We work primarily through women and girls, to build the knowledge, skills, and means to transform their health, laying foundations for generations to come.
Unsurprisingly, women and children are more vulnerable to ill health in Africa. Low income and social status, lack of education, and traditional gender roles and responsibilities are key contributing factors. The biggest risk to the lives of teenage girls and women in the developing world is pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal death rates in Africa are particularly high because of the lack of skilled midwives, obstructed labour, unsafe abortions, anemia, and malaria. Across Africa, too many young girls become pregnant with devastating and long-term effects on their reproductive health.
Across Africa, a new mother dies every three minutes. Menelik Education health programme supports reproductive health and rights for women through ensuring effective access to:
skilled obstetric services
ante-natal and post-natal care
We know that increasing the number of skilled midwives and health care professionals is key to preventing maternal deaths. That’s exactly what we are doing.
Our Values Are:
Every crisis creates opportunity; every struggle offers the chance to rediscover. Everything we do is born from the ability to see potential where others can’t.
The willingness to try, fail and learn on the journey toward creating something new is just as critical as the passion to succeed. There is no substitute for being willing to lead— especially when the territory being covered is new and the outcome is uncertain.
We are passionate about seeking new perspectives and challenging long-standing assumptions because we know effective leadership requires continuous learning.
Meaningful change is not easy. It requires the ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and face often daunting challenges. We have the persistence to do whatever it takes until we achieve the results we seek.
There is no greater force for change than a team of people who are personally invested in each other, and in the lives of the people who their work is intended to serve.
Every initiative or project we undertake will be judged by the only measure that matters: how effectively we create lasting and meaningful progress in the lives of those we serve.
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