The Fondation Chirezi, in acronym FOCHI is a non-profit organisation which began its work since the year 2002 in Uvira, Province of the South Kivu. The Chirezi Foundation is recognized by the ministry for the Justice and Minister of Justice since 2003 under the registration number JUST G.S.112/S-KV/1454/2003 off 2003.
Fondation Chirezi has seen the day since 2001 but has started working in 2002 in Uvira, South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The word « CHIREZI » is common to almost great lakes region dialects and means care giver with emphasis to the person who takes care of the baby at the absence or death of the mother. It is the inspiring word of the organisation.
This organisation has started its work during a period when human rights, especially women’s and children’s were abused and tramped under feet in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of decades of war, conflict and general violences. During that period the first victim of such human rights violation and abuse were children and women.The Fondation Chirezi, in acronym FOCHI is a non-profit organisation which began its work since the year 2002 in Uvira, Province of the South Kivu.
This is why, Fondation Chirezi was created to initiate a space for the promotion and protection of human rights in general, and children and women’s in particular, bring back peace in the community, help resolve conflicts and inaugurate a new period where people could live together again and forget the past, build up a space where ex offenders can live again with their victims, where every body in the community can join hands in fighting together poverty, hunger, vulnerability for the social development and up-liftment of each other and face the future together.
Finally, Fondation Chirezi is a grassroots initiative tackling grassroots problems in local communities: children orphans of war, ex child soldiers, women victims of violence, non violence and nonkilling, local infrastructure, education, transparency and integrity, peace and conflict resolution, brief a community initiative for the community, building peace by impacting and changing lives