The Dresden Committee for Children and Women`s Rights is composed by committed men and women from Dresden, who have worked for a long time in classical development aid, as tropical medicine doctors or as disaster relief forces. In 2002 they founded the non-profit organization Akifra e.V., to promotes aid projects initiated by local women in Kenya and Uganda, who are striving to resolve problems in their own environment.
Today, Akifra e.V. supports development projects in Kenya, Uganda and Congo. Here primary schools, kindergartens and facilities for adult education are created, in cooperation with small local partner organizations.
Since May 2015, Akifra e.V. has been organizing various refugee projects in Dresden, including ABC Tables, Handmade By Refugees and Children’s Cinema. Moreover tandems, family sponsorships and internship placements for refugees are also made available.
Through the Dresden film festival MOVE IT!, as well as the youth educational program MOVE IT! Young, Akifra e.V. has been providing educational work in Saxony since 2004.
The development policy concept of Akifra e.V. is in direct cooperation and communication with local grass-roots women’s organizations. The many years of experience in working with the Mbuyuni Women Group in Taveta – Kenya – or with the Community Against Female Genital Mutilation in Mackinnenroad – Kenya – confirm that local grass-root groups have structural advantages over large international development organizations when it comes to sustainable project work in their local communities. This is because they are created on the basis of their own initiative and self-imposed goals. Usually they are informal groups of women who acknowledge the problems of their communities and often run even without having any funding. This is due to the fact that they are not well perceived in the by Western development organizations, because of their low degree of institutionalization.
Akifra e.V. offers financial, organizational and ideological support to such partners in the implementation of their goals. In order to fully use the creative, innovative and developmental potential of these committed groups, there is a need for peer-to-peer communication between the different partners, respecting the development and culture of local communities and the potential of change. The development approach pursued by our philosophy assumes that cooperation with local grass-roots organizations ensures the greatest degree of self-determination possible, participation and sustainability, with only a few administrative and personnel costs on the part of the western partner organizations. The project co-operations of Akifra e.V. currently comprise the following projects:
• Enlightenment work against female genital mutilation and construction of a primary school and vocational school in Taveta Kenya
• Construction of 10 primary- and secondary schools on Lake Victoria in Kenya
• Building of a primary school and income generating in Kandongu, Kenya
• Building a vocational training center for women in Mityana, Uganda
• Development of an agricul. production and village solidarity community in Tororo, Uganda
• Various compost toilet projects
• Further education in Kasenga, Congo
A detailed description of the projects can be found at www.akifra.org!