SEVOTA, “Solidarité pour l’Épanouissement des Veuves et des Orphelins visant le Travail et l’Auto-promotion (Solidarity for the Development of Widows and Orphans to Promote Self-Sufficiency and Livelihoods), is an approved organization under Rwandan law. It was founded on December 28, 1994, and authorized by Ministerial Decree No. 130/11 of September 5, 2008, published in the December 30, 2009, edition of the Official Journal. It currently has 31 active members with multi-disciplinary backgrounds, It holds a Certificate of Compliance issued on May 6, 2013, by the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB). SEVOTA aims to provide moral and organizational support to its beneficiaries–who include women survivors of violence, children born as a result of violence, and vulnerable households, including those of widows and orphans–so that they may be able to analyze their problems and find appropriate solutions, while working to build their skills in order to improve their emotional, social, health, legal, and economic living conditions and those of their community. The purpose of the organization is to contribute to the improvement of widows’ and orphans’ position and their social, economic and cultural living conditions.
Founder & Coordinator of SEVOTA
(born 1959) is a Rwandan socialworker and rural development activist. She created SEVOTA organization to support widowed women and their children after Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. In 2018 she was given an international women award of courage for her work.
President of SEVOTA
Dr UGIRIWABO Olive
1st Vice President of SEVOTA
More about SEVOTA
To have a society in which human dignity is recognized and in which men, women, and children all help one another so that all may flourish.
To promote activities related to peace, reconciliation, and the promotion of human rights, women’s rights, and the rights of vulnerable children.
Three core values have always guided SEVOTA members’ actions: