NESTAC has developed projects in DR Congo and in Zambia to help eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM is a sensitive and difficult subject to talk about in DR Congo and in Zambia due to the taboo nature of the practice. The community is in denial of the practice, although a very high prevalence of Type IV FGM (labia elongation, pricking, tightening, etc.), which is not recognised as a harmful practice.
Support Our Sisters Africa Project in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies, combat FGM through:
– Informal education and artwork projects suitable to the affected communities at all levels (young girls, women and men)
– Formal education to professionals involved with the health and wellbeing of affected communities.
Domestic Violence (DV)
Within the African community, this is a topic rarely discussed, not seriously taken into consideration. The women are to blame in their communities if they report any form of domestic abuse.
NESTAC aims to support and empower those women who courageously come forward to report issues of DV, through provision of advice, cultural counselling, further support and guidance.
NESTAC works in partnership with existing key stakeholders in the DR Congo and in Zambia to be able to fulfil this commitment.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Rights
A critical topic that can increase respect for human rights and contribute to health and wellbeing as a whole.
In the DR Congo and in Zambia, NESTAC offers an adapted Train the Trainers programme to women in communities, empowering them to become Health Advocates and educate their peers on sexual and reproductive health.
Safeguarding Children and Young Girls
NESTAC project in the DR Congo and in Zambia aims to combat Child Marriage through education and by developing micro-projects that:
– Give hope to those whose childhood was prejudiced by an early marriage.
– Safeguard young girls at risk of Child Marriage against their perpetrators.
– Educate communities around the physical and mental impacts of Child Marriage to their victims.
In DR Congo, girls as young as 8 year old start selling sex due to poverty or having become street children. Most of them are orphans, do not go to school, have been rejected from relatives, or accused of witchcraft.
NESTAC has developed a centre of excellence to provide education and apprenticeship to those young girls who want to leave the street, empowering them to find a new start in their lives.
Their emotional and physical wellbeing are seriously prioritised, while our dedicated team looks for adoptive families to help with their re-integration in the community.
Apprenticeship Sustainable Programme
Promote lifelong learning opportunities for young people through:
– Learning organic farming methods to develop a healthy lifestyle, to produce more and sell organic products to combat malnutrition and poverty
– Learning bio-construction methods to build low-cost sustainable houses
Health and Wellbeing Programme in Africa
NESTAC has developed sustainable low-cost models of care in rural areas in the DR Congo, to promote health and wellbeing and to fill the gap to the evident lack of basic healthcare provisions in the targeted areas –
Early interventions for physical and mental health issues
NESTAC is working with the unnoticed local hospital in KISANTU (Kongo-Central Province in D.R. Congo) to rehabilitate services around early interventions for children and women population living in the region, including MADIMBA sector and its surrounding areas
Sustainable low-cost Health and Wellbeing Centre development
NESTAC helps to build two sustainable Health and Wellbeing Centres in the rural areas of MAISHA GOLFE (Katanga Province) and MADIMBA (Congo-Central) in the D.R. Congo
- Mental health and Wellbeing Awareness Workshops / Events
- Trainings for Health Workers / Health Advocates
A basic and fundamental human right for All. Many of us in the UK can access water simply by turning on a tap, which is not the case in many African countries, especially in the DR Congo
Source De Vie Project
Our water sanitation programme, is looking for partners to help bring water in the rural area of MADIMBA, province of Kongo-Central in the D.R. Congo
NESTAC has been working in this particularly disadvantaged rural area for the last three years, and we are now crying for help to those willing to bring hope to the population of MADIMBA by contributing to the installation of a water sanitation.
-Lack of clean water in the region
-Nearest point of water collection is 8 to 10 hours return walking distance from the city of MADIMBA.
-Water is collected by young girls and women
-High risk of rape and abduction (an average of 21 cases reported per month)
-Increase in Child/Teenage Pregnancy
-Inadequate sanitation, affecting families’ hygiene and health
-Lack of appropriate irrigation, affecting farming and agriculture
Solutions to the problems:
-Access to clean water supply in MADIMBA City
-Reduction of sexual exploitation of young girls and women
-Reduction of child pregnancy
-Provision of healthy food and safe sanitary conditions
-Reduction of crime and abuse in the area
Tackling Mental Health Discrimination
Community-led Mental health and Safeguarding Awareness
NESTAC has committed to promote mental health in DR Congo and in Zambia through the following programmes:
-Peer mentoring training in mental health support
-Train the Trainers on Children’s Rights and support
-Mental health and Child Protection Awareness Workshops and conferences
-Partnership work with local service providers
Culturally Adapted Therapeutic Support Service
UK Research Programme
NESTAC’s Health and Wellbeing programme focuses on researching the psychological impact of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on women and young girls who have undergone the practice and on those at risk of undergoing the practice.
To date, NESTAC has contributed to the publication of three academic journals, in partnership with universities in the region (University of Salford; Manchester University):
NESTAC is currently working in contributing to more cross-cultural research related to the topics of:
– Cultural beliefs and traditions affecting African women’s mental health
– Refugee young people’s adaptation and mental health
Africa Research Programme:
NESTAC is currently working in the DR Congo in an academic research on the emotional wellbeing of young girls exposed to child prostitution and child marriage.