Pastries to help rebuild the lives of displaced young people
UNICEF is training displaced young people in Tanganyika province to help them build a future away from intercommunity conflict.
In Tanganyika province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the security situation is jeopardising the future of children and young people. Often forced to flee the violence, they leave behind all their memories but also their hopes. In Nyunzu, UNICEF and its partners have set up a socio-professional reintegration centre to train young people in baking and other trades.
Amidst a group of budding pastry chefs, Godelive is full of smiles despite the hardships she has endured. At the age of 13, she was separated from her family when violence erupted in her village in Kabongo. “I walked alone until I got lost,” recalls Godelive, who has not seen her family for 3 years. The young girl was happy before the violence disrupted her everyday life. “I went to school and slept well,” she says wistfully.
At the centre, she is attending baking classes but is also receiving the psychosocial support necessary for her wellbeing. During 21 days of training, Godelive has learnt how to make pancakes, crisps, sugared peanuts and other recipes. With these new skills, Godelive wants to open her own bakery to become independent and help the host family with whom she is currently living.
UNICEF and its partners are aiming to improve the wellbeing of more than 3,000 vulnerable children and adolescents and young people at risk through psychosocial support and social and family reintegration in the territories of Moba and Nyunzu.