Concept note

The 25th SEVOTA anniversary showcases the achievements of the organization 25 years later. The anniversary celebrated January 8, 2020 usually falls on December 28 when the organization was founded. However, celebrations had started in April at the district level.

Main objective of the 25th SEVOTA Anniversary

The main reason of the celebrations is to extend gratitude to partners that have walked with SEVOTA the 25-year journey with special mention of H.E President Paul Kagame on account of good record as a promoter of women’s rights and freedoms as well as unswerving and demonstrated support for widows and orphans of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

In the same vein, the anniversary is an occasion to acknowledge the contribution of the First Lady Madam Jeannette Kagame for her firm commitment to restore the dignity of women and girls particularly the widowsand children orphaned by 1994 Genocide and for standing with SEVOTA along its 25-year journey.

Also, the event is meant to acknowledge the liberation efforts of Rwandan women demonstrated by the RPF Inkotanyi led government of the goals of Rwanda’s development agenda code named Vision 2020.

Subsequently, women’s dignity deprived of them by the genocide regimes and 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi has been restored, and women are able to productively contribute towards the development of their families and resilient Rwanda society at large.

We recognize the courage demonstrated by Kigali women activists whose advocacy for the rights of women who experienced rape in former Taba commune in the current Kamonyi District led to the unprecedented decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) at Arusha to recognize sexual abuse and rape as a crime against humanity and genocide crime on October2, 1998.

SEVOTA also celebrates the international awards won during the 25 years in its work to promote the rights of women, especially the widows and orphans of the 1994 Genocide. These include the International Women of Courage Award given to Godelieve Mukasarasi by the US Secretary of State in 2018 for her leadership, resource fulness and sacrifice in promoting women’s rights, particularly for widows and orphans of 1994, and the Global Innovator Award given by Texas Christian University (TCU).

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Institute of Peace and Development at Nyagasozi village, Gihinga cell, Gacurabwenge sector, Kamonyi district will be part of the activities to mark the 25th anniversary.

The theme of Anniversary is: “Let’s own peace, love, unity, integrity, freedom and sustainable development.

What is SEVOTA?

SEVOTA is a French acronym that stands for Solidarity for the Blooming of the Widows and the Orphans aiming at Work and Self-promotion (SEVOTA). Although SEVOTA was opened in December 1994 Godelieve Mukasarasi conceived the idea of creating the organization in April when perpetrators started the killings that took a 100 days. In March 1995 SEVOTA was officially launched.

SEVOTA was gazette as a local NGO in the Official Gazette under Ministerial Order N° 130|11 on September 5, 2008, and the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) awarded it a certificate of compliance.

The mission of this local NGO is to promote peace, unity and human rights, especially the rights of women and children that were affected by Rwanda’s bad past.

Other objectives

In order to prevent conflict and bring about conflict resolution SEVOTA promotes the culture of peace among its beneficiaries who constitute widows, orphans, children and youth who suffer from consequences of social and economic conflicts of varying magnitudes.

To promote peace initiatives alongside supporting programs that promote women’s and children’s rights, especially among women, children and youths who suffer from trauma, physical and emotional wounds as a result of conflict.

To promote initiatives that lead to poverty reduction among the beneficiaries.

Strategic Plan

The organization follows a strategic plan with the components below:

  • Organize trainings on capacity building, healing and forgivingness among others.
  • Promoting partnerships
  • Creating women’s forums and youth clubs
  • Taking social and economic services down to the beneficiaries through help and solidarity groups which serve as platforms for awareness campaigns on various programs under the mandate of SEVOTA.
  • Carrying out research on specific social spheres under the NGO’s mandate.
  • Promoting advocacy

Beneficiaries

SEVOTA support projects of 125 groups and forums alongside some 1,778 families helped to recover from trauma through counseling and promotion of forgivingness to prevent renewed trauma. The organization helps in strengthening through counseling and economic empowerment by encouraging engage in income generating activities.

SEVOTA’s 22 clubs of bring together 1,884 children and youths where they learn to uphold peace through peace building and developmental initiatives like trainings on unity and reconciliation, drama, dance et cetera.

SEVOTA boasts of presence in 11 districts

This organization operates in 11 districts where the said groups and clubs were established. In the Southern Province it covers Kamonyi (Ngamba, Rukoma, Karama, Gacurabwenge and Musambira), Nyanza (Busasamana and Mukingo), Muhanga (Nyamabuye, Nyarusange and Rongi)

In the Eastern Province, SEVOTA has presence in Kirehe (Gatore, Nyarubuye and Gahara) and Bugesera (Rilima).

In Kigali city, it operates in Nyarugenge (Kimisagara and Kigali), Kicukiro (Nyakabanda) and Gasabo (Jari).

In the Northern Province it operates in Musanze (Muko and Muhoza) while in the Western it has presence in Ngororero (Gatumba, MuhororonaNgororero) and Rubavu (Nyundo).

Priority projects of SEVOTA in 2019

Efforts were directed towards strengthening Ndi Umunyarwanda (I am Rwandan) program. The program started with Kamonyi District but rollout to other districts as capacity to implement it increases. The program aims at promoting peace building, unity and reconciliation, human rights and freedoms, healing and doing research in partnership with York University and Christian University of Kigali (CUK).

The research centers on sensitization of the girl child on forced marriages in times of conflict (Conjugal Slavery in War (CSiW).

There were intensive follow-ups of activities of Reintegration of women survivors who suffered sexual violence and Children who ware household chief (RFVECM) to ensure that widows and orphans of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are reintegrated into their families and Rwandan society so as they live normal lives. This program was implemented through encouraging and supporting them to engage in agricultural activities where the organization tries to look for market of their produce in order to improve their incomes and livelihoods.

The program implemented with the support of ARC’s covered the sectors of Gatore (Kirehe), Rukoma and Karama( Kamonyi) and Muhororo (Ngororero).

SEVOTA with the support of Medica mondiale trained forums of genocide widows that come together. The forums include: Kanyarwanda, (Abiyubakaba 1, Abiyubaka Bizeye, Abiyubaka mu Mahoro, Abiyubaka Bizeranye, Abiyubaka Bishyizehamwe, Abiyubaka Bahuje. There was also an outreach for children’s clubs under their ambrella association codenamed “Twe Urubyiruko dushoboye” (Icyomoro and Mumporeze (Kirehe), and Ishema (Rilima/Bugesera), Abamararungu (Nyarugenge), Abesamihigo 2 (Kicukiro), Imitari (Gasabo), Abimbere mu Iterambere, Abanyamurava and Abakundumurimo (Muhanga), Inyambo (Nyanza) and Abesamihigo 1(Kamonyi) and Abahumuriza (Nyundo/Rubavu).

SEVOTA with the support of Kadidi Association and CNLG supported the students through their club ” Twe urubyiruko dushoboye and schools where they study from.

Iwacu ni Amahoro program with the support of Kvinna till Kvinna was supported to promote healing in genocide victims who suffer from trauma of varying degrees as well as promoting peace through different interventions including counseling and to prevent domestic violence in homes of children orphaned by the genocide in the sectors of Rukoma, Karama, Gacurabwenge and Musambira (Kamonyi), Muhororo, Gatumba and Ngororero (Ngororero). This program aims at building peaceful families.

With the support of UNWomen we implemented Icyerekezo Mpisemo that aims at encouraging genocide widows living with HIV/AIDS live positive living. Besides, the program includes the adolescents that parent unplanned children as a result of getting unwanted pregnancies. Districts covered include Kirehe, Kamonyi, Muhanga and Ngororero.

Fondation Melaniya supported SEVOTA to promote household incomes and at village level in a bid to fast track development of the vulnerable communities in Masizi / Rongi / Muhanga – traced to the bad history of Rwanda.

With the support of ProLiteracy we provided training to illiterate women to help them learn to write and read.

10 years Strategic Plan (2020 – 2030)

In the next 10 years SEVOTA will consolidate the initiated it started in cultivating the culture of peace in the Rwandan society through strengthening Ndi Umunyarwanda in the dictricts where it operates from alongside implementing the SEVOTA Peace and development Institute located in Kamonyi District.

Start an internship program for graduates from institutions of high learning as well as working with research fellows and priority fields include:

  • Safe parenthood and education of children and youths on peace building, unity and reconciliation and conflict resolution.
  • Proving room and opportunity for internship students.
  • Introduce short vocational courses for the youth.
  • Continue promoting healing in women, children and youths in families affected by conflict in an effort to promote peaceful families.
  • To encourage women to be God-fearing as a bedrock for peaceful families and restoration of total peace.
  • Promote medical care and healthy lives.
  • To create a data bank [history] on testimonies of the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the journey to total recovery through developing literature, documentaries.
  • Promote tourism through strengthening of the SEVOTA traditional dance groups and music.
  • Promote SEVOTA Gardens with trees that have medicinal properties {value} which will also host practice and rehearsal sessions and sports, which can help victims experience fast healing and recovery.
  • Promote modern and commercial animal husbandry.

SEVOTA extends gratitude to whoever stood with them along the 25-year journey of recovery as they faced the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, especially through building organization and giving generous support financial or otherwise.



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