The MOUCECORE Model
Strong community mobilization is the foundation of all of MOUCECORE’s work because it fosters project ownership by direct and indirect beneficiaries. This ownership is what leads to the sustainability of our projects.
To mobilize communities, we work closely with local churches to train church members who are committed to being agents of transformation in their communities. These individuals form solidarity transformation groups (STGs) that go into the communities to bring transformation through peace-building and reconciliation activities.
In addition to the STGs that grow out of the church, we also meet with local government leaders and train other community facilitators so they can mobilize and organize additional groups. By doing this, churches and communities are empowered to work together to access local resources to meet their needs.
Ending Poverty One Village at a Time (EPOVAT) is MOUCECORE’s strategy for systematically addressing poverty in newly mobilized communities. Through EPOVAT, we work to eradicate poverty by empowering individuals and households, and providing a comprehensive package of interventions that includes:
Increased food production, and therefore food security;
Improved community health;
Access to financial services;
Clean water solutions;
Enhanced sanitation and hygiene practices; and
In order to ensure community transformation happens holistically, MOUCECORE places a special emphasis on training and protecting the rights of children, especially as they relate to school dropout, early pregnancy, child labor, drug use and access to medical care.
In nearly all areas where STGs work, child protection and participation programs are initiated. These programs help identify the most vulnerable children in the communities, and offer them protection and security.
We also host workshops and meet regularly with church leaders and Sunday school teachers, as well as local school leaders and teachers to train them on child rights and advocacy. Through relationships with local government and schools, we have the ability to put programming in place to educate children on their rights. All of these activities are supplemented by annual campaigns, community meetings and church services that target parents to teach them about child protection.
Together, these efforts empower both children and adults in the communities to better advocate for and protect the rights of children.
Agriculture is the foundation for nutrition, food security and income. Our work blends methods in soil management and crop diversity with traditional farming. Through our programs, we have transformed the health and livelihoods of ### families.
We use asset-based approaches to help families unlock value that exists within communities. By coupling village savings groups with income-generating activities, MOUCECORE's communities have saved over $$$.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
More than 5 million people in Rwanda drink dirty water, and 4.5 million lack access to improved latrines. We have brought 100% water coverage to ### communities, and our ecosan latrine program has been nationally recognized.