2009 ANNUAL REPORT
The AYC ended the 2009 by totalizing 2 years of work in Burundi. During the year, the AYC achieved a number of its perspective activities. There are goals that could not be achieved due to direct or indirect reasons not depending on our own will.
In May, we sent out updated activities from January up to June and the plan for the forthcoming Months. Generally, it is noticed that the study circles went well and that the peer to peer counseling faced obstacles but now we are happy of its current state. There are many projects that have been submitted to different donors, some have been sponsored and others failed. The AYC participated in many international and regional conferences, training sessions and meetings.
The AYC got also many visitors from abroad and from Burundi. Furthermore, AYC visited other organizations here in Burundi and got good inspirations. The AYC was contacted by Medias in order to give its opinions on various issues regarding the situation of Young people and general challenges that the peace process is facing.
II. Routine activities: Study circle and the Peer to Peer Counseling.
II. 1 Study Circle
After a successful period from January up to June of interesting themes, the AYC set up a new study circle commission which objective was to improve the impact of this activity in the community. The vision was to open the study circle session to a large audience. This would be possible if we improve the quality of the presentations by involving more people in the research process.
This was also about to go out of the AYC office where the study circles take place usually and go to different universities, schools and other centers where we find young people and other people who are interested in peace and development. The commission members suggested that during the six Months, starting by June, we still do the study circles as usual and with this new way of working we can start by the year 2010. This will give enough time to the commission in order to make contacts with other young people and in charge of Universities, schools and try to make focal points.
II.2 Peer-to-Peer Counseling
After May 2009, we can say that we didn’t organize many activities with the street kids for two reasons:
1° The kids need new things, new type of activities. They are growing and each day, they want to discover new things. They have also their projects, some want to become good football players-stars- others want to become musicians. There is diversity among them in spite of what they want in their life and how they want to live it as they have different backgrounds where each one has suffered a lot.
2° Members of the AYC want to do something concrete for the kids. The AYC has to develop a real project for the kids through which they can achieve their dreams. It is sad to see how they suffered and they are still suffering and there is nothing concrete is done. That is why the Administrative Team of the AYC decided to make larger the peer to peer counseling commission and gave Panafrica “the second Miss Burundi” who is a member of the AYC to run this project. She and the other commission members have been in interaction with the kids in order to find out what can be done in the future. At the end, they decided that the AYC can help the kids to interact with organizations that work for the meaningful life of the former street kids. Those organizations help those kids by proving education in technologies such electro mechanics, car repair, driving, building houses, etc. The AYC would then get in touch with those organizations and ask them to integrate those kids. In this perspective, the AYC will find a way to make continuity with the intellectual activities focusing on peace and development that the AYC organizes in its routine.
We can now hope that those organizations will join our vision as we have a new member who will join the commission and who has experience in counseling. The AYC will be able to start with the next year by something concrete regarding this activity.
The funds of our club are found from Burundi as well as from abroad. The management of our finances is open to anyone who is interested. We want to be independent and self-financing in future. Our work is financed by private donations, membership fees and income generating activities. In our club, all work is done voluntarily by members and the administrative team. No employees so far. In the year 2009, the support was from Dr Margareta Norlin from Lund, Sweeden, Else Hammerich, Mr Mathias Karsten from Danmark, Jan Oberg and Panafrica Marie Claire, Chantal MUTAMURIZA, Landry NINTERETSE, etc. We got books and posters for our Library, which is growing on peace and related issues. Mr Magnus Schiller, assisted us by making his house for our seminars and meetings with the former street kids who live there.
Whatever we got, in cash, it is evaluated to 3.683.570 FRBU, which is $3.019.
It is remaining 224.920 FRBU that will help us to pay the rent of the office up to March 31st of 2010 and cover up some activities and necessities of the Club.
All transactions are registered in the blue book, which is available to whoever wants to see how we spend our funds in details. Some of the activities financed are: Seminars, communication and transport, study circles, office activities and necessities etc. Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who have contributed, supporting peace in Burundi. We highly welcome whoever would like to contribute. We are still in the great need of being connected to the wireless internet. In the last quarterly report, we appeal to donors in that area of communication.
In the beginning of 2009, we had 24 members. During the year, 11 young men and women applied in order to join the AYC and 9 of them have already received a positive response.
In order to promote peace and sustainable development, feminine candidates are highly welcomed. Thus, the gender balance can be respected and each human being enjoys peace in a peaceful world.
In 2009, the communication task force worked intensively to ensure a better communication within the club and with its external partners. The task-force made of five members focused its efforts on the following tasks:
-Internal communication: informing members of the Club about all activities planned to ensure a large participation of everyone. Members have been regularly informed mainly through phone messages and electronic mails about meetings, seminars and other several activities organized during this period.
-Reporting: Minutes of administrative meetings, workshops, seminars and diverse articles and posts have been written and submitted to all members though internet. Most of them are available on the AYC’s blog. Apologies for the materials that have not been produced on time
– Networking: The AYC has consolidated the partnership existing and established new relations with some organizations. We can mainly mention TFF and UNOY. During 2009, the Club has been contacted by the Mission of African Union in Burundi, the 350 Burundi campaign, YADDEN and Peace Direct to collaborate in the establishment of a peaceful society, especially within young people. We also received many visitors in the office who appreciated the work we’re doing and want to add their contribution for a more stabilized country and well-empowered youth.
-Participation in conferences and meetings abroad: Members of AYC had opportunities to participate in different meetings organized abroad, some on the behalf of the AYC other not:
In April, the AYC, represented by Armand GIRAMAHORO participated in the second forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization which took place in Turkey- Istanbul- where its project “Social Mobilization for Change through Dialogue” has been presented at the Market Place of Ideas.
In May, the AYC, represented by Jean Bosco BIGIRIMANA participated in the training on transitional Justice which took place in Rwanda.
In August, the AYC, represented by Armand GIRAMAHORO participated in the World Youth Alliance’s conference on decade of dignity and development which took place in Nairobi-Kenya.
In December, the AYC, represented by Armand GIRAMAHORO participated in the UN expert meeting on Youth and Armed violence in Nairobi-Kenya.
East African Energy Crossroads Regional summit that took place on 2nd-3rd March 2009 at Makerere University in Kampala, Landry NINTERETSE attended this event. The theme of the summit was “Energy and Climate Change; The East African perspectives”, the Danish Embassy in Uganda proudly supported this Summit.
The 350 Speaks Climate Leadership Workshops that took place from the 14th to 19th of June in Johannesburg, South Africa. Landry NINTERETSE attended this meeting.
The UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen took place in Denmark from 7th to 18th of December. Landry NINTERETSE attended this event as 350 Media Coordinator for African countries and National Coordinator of the 350 Campaign.
1° The AYC celebrated the International Day of Peace by organizing a press conference where it called young people to participate actively in electoral process by using non violence and peaceful means and to participate in the disarmament process on September 21.
2° The AYC participated in the 350 Campaign in October 2009.
2008 ANNUAL REPORT
The Amahoro Youth Club, AYC, was created in November 2007 by young people from different universities and civil society organizations.
The year 2007-2008 has been a year of thinking, of building relations among youth from different communities, relations with foreign and internal peacemakers and developing partnerships. By the beginning of the year 2008, the founding team – in collaboration with TFF, The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research which is the first partner of the AYC – worked on concrete actions and activities such as producing the statutes, formulating the final statement of the Amahoro Youth Club Mission, opening the AYC’s office, organizing capacity-building trainings that are related to the Club’s objectives and adopting a concrete plan of its urgent and future activities.
1. Developing and adopting the AYC statutes;
2. The AYC statement mission, Club culture and Membership policy have been officially adopted;
3. A portfolio to be given to all members, old and new;
4. An office with equipment, including printer and a small library through donated books;
5. The AYC has an office which host meetings and Study Circle sessions.
3. Capacity trainings and seminars
− The AYC has held the following training sessions and seminars:
– With Jan Oberg, director of TFF, Ina Curic, at the time coordinator of TFF in Burundi and Sabin Muresan, a friend of the Club the AYC organized in March, April and May a series of seminars to follow up the November 2007 seminar which theme was “Mobilization for social change”.
− Workshop seminar on the internal organization of the club, March 24-26th 2008 with Jan Oberg and Ina Curic, respectively
− Two days seminar on organizational management, on May 25th 2008 with Sabin Muresan.
− A Culture seminar with Jan Oberg and Ina Curic, in Bujumbura on June 26 and 27th 2008.
− One day seminar on Non Violent Communication with Prof. Adolphe Sururu of the National University and TFF Associate.
4. An action plan
− It took us considerable time to discuss and decide the character of the Club and the strategy of its development. The action plan that began by July 2008, is revised around New Year and covers the time up to July 2009 is an important achievement for the Club.
5. Other achievements
− The AYC began by May 2007 the Study Circle, a first space of exchange created by the Amahoro Youth Club which take place every two weeks.
− A small Peace Library is located at the AYC ‘s office since July of 2007.
− An Administrative Team has been created in order to assume the routines in the Club. It meets every two weeks and make decisions related to both sides of the Club, the administrative issues and peace activities.
− The AYC has been working with former street kids who live at the compound of Swedish lawyer and business man, Magnus Schiller, in Bujumbura; the Club plans to organize new types of activities such as music, football, mutual exchange of life stories, etc.
− A Blog has been created and it is updated regularly. Together with an internal e-mail service to all members, it is becoming the most important tool for internal communication and is also o.ur window to the larger world;
− At the end of 31th December 2008, the AYC has 12 active members who work regulary with ordinary activities and 11 members who come on the general assemblies.
However, some of the activities planned in the Action Plan failed to be achieved due to internal as well as external reasons.
6. Annual financial report
December 31, 2008
Economic philosophy of the AYC
As a new organisation, we seek funds from Burundi as well as from abroad. But we want to be as independent as possible and, eventually, self-financing.
We also want our economic management to be openly available for anyone interested.
How do we finance our work?
By grant applications, by private donations, by membership fees and income-generating activities. And very importantly, we have no employees; all work done is done voluntarily by our members and Administrative Team.
Concretely, in 2008 we have received funding from TFF (see the menu about that) which had a grant from the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy. When that ended, we received a grant from Dr. Margareta Norlin in Lund, Sweden, then a private donation from Sabin Muresan (Romania), from Else Hammerich (Denmark), from Jan Oberg (TFF), and from Mr. Carsten Mathiasen in Denmark. Also, each AYC member pays FrBu 1.000 per month.
In addition, we have received books, journals, videos and posters from various friends of the Club, among them friends of those who gave cash donations – such as Jonathan Power, Alfia Khairullina, Ina Curic, TFF, Sururu Adolphe, and Soren Sommelius. This is what makes up our small, but growing, library on peace and related issues.
Mr. Magnus Schiller, Sweden, has also assisted us by making his villa and garden at Ave P Ngendandumwe available for seminars as well as meetings with the former street children who live there.
In cash terms this amounted to FrBu 2,9 million, i.e about US$ 2,400. To that should be added various expences drawn from the Bernadotte Academy grant plus all the volunteer work.
At this place we really want to express our gratitude for everything we have received.
On what have we spent the resources?
First of all, we have set up our office and spent funds on rent, chairs, tables, cupboard, flipchart, a printer, etc. Secondily, money has been spent on telecommunication (phone, Skype, surfing and this blog); on training seminars, study circles, room fees and honorariums for trainers including Ina Curic as TFF coordinator; then transport and trips to provinces, including fuel and meals.
7. 2009 Perspectives
The AYC is committed to continue the capacity building for its membership and then offer the opportunity to youth for mutual serving each other. The Club aims at achieving most of the activities in the 2009 action plan because we believe that these activities may have an important impact in country’s peace situation and development.
The forthcoming elections will require a preparation of the mentality of youth who are often used as instruments by politicians. We need more and more dialogue and lessons about the notions of democracy, and non-violence, tolerance and citizen participation in such a period.
The AYC strives to develop a concrete action plan by 30th January 2009 for an efficient implementation of its activities and participation in important events taking place in Burundi.
We want to thank everyone who has helped us progress during this year.