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Les femmes en mission pour le development – women with a mission for development (NGO FEMDEV)

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Joined March 2019

FEMDEV exists to strengthen the capacities of women and the youth to help them get involved in sustainable development of their communities.

Presence in: Ivory Coast
Focus: Education, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Women's Rights

Established in 2008. A developmental non-profit in Cote d’Ivoire – Les Femmes en Mission pour le Developpement (FEMDEV) which means Women with a Mission for Development in English. The organization focuses on disease reduction capacity building and economic empowerment opportunities for the girl-child, women and youth

Cote d’Ivoire has been described as one of the poorest countries in the world based on the UNDP’s human development index. While basic education is within the reach of a few, many women and youth lack access to healthcare, literacy and employability skills. This account for the high unemployment rate and consequently high incidence of crime and prostitution.

It is believed that strong families create strong communities. Unfortunately, the family fiber in Cote d’Ivoire is in shreds because many men shy away from marriage commitment. They would rather co-habit with their partners, have children and quit the relationship whenever it is convenient. Many women are battered and bruised by their so-called “lovers” The women and children are often the victims especially if the woman is uneducated and unemployed. The emotional trauma on the children is far greater as they end up on the streets fending for themselves very early in their lives.

The objectives of NGO FEMDEV include to:

  • Fight against poverty among this target audience
  • Provide computer and financial literacy for students and youth
  • Support start-ups in income generating activities
  • Train new entrepreneurs on financial and project management
  • Organize free medical check-ups in collaboration with health professionals
  • Build libraries in more communities and prisons
  • Support child-hood education especially for the girl-child

Train leaders and volunteers to replicate our models in other communities

People Associated With This Organization

Stella Okoronkwo

Ivory Coast  
Les femmes en mission pour le...
Joined March 2019
Interests: Education, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
I am uniquely experienced professional with a combined 20 years’ work experience in the field of education, non-profit, program management, communication, language translation, who is passionate and committed to creating literacy, capacity building and economic empowerment opportunities for the girl-child, women and youth through partnerships with local and international organizations.

During my tenure as the Program Director of Geneva Global, an American organization based in Cote d’Ivoire, I led a team of 10 staff to build capacities of over 25 local organizations involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS with a budget of over eight million dollars and exceeded all the KPIs. Due to our outstanding performance, we won two extensions for the project.

As a regional officer of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (IFRC), I successfully initiated training for relevant personnel and upgraded the reporting process for 24 national societies in West and Central Africa.

Last year, as part of our literacy program, we established an Early Childhood Education Centre in a rural community where access to pre-schools are non-existent. Similarly, we launched a Library project in one of the 33 prisons in Coted’Ivoire where we promote literacy opportunities.

In June 2015, I successfully led and mobilized funding for the first launch of a new food security initiative aimed at valorizing and promoting cassava, a top subsistent crop in Cote d’Ivoire and the West Africa sub-region.
Stella Okoronkwo is the network champion (main point of contact) for Les femmes en mission pour le development – women with a mission for development (NGO FEMDEV).

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