Bea Spadacini, USAID Front Office Communications SpecialistOn March 6, 2017, Maria Beatrice Spadacini, Senior Communications Advisor at the USAID Bureau for Global Health, and Riccardo Gangale, a freelance photojournalist, visited the USAID Twiyubake program, implemented in Huye sector, Huye district by DUHAMIC ADRI.

The visit started with a visit to the Teta Kibondo Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center. The Center is one of the 2 model ECD centers in Huye district which conforms to the model ECD standards provided by MIGEPROF. The ECD serves 120 children aged 3 to 6 every Monday to Friday.

Verrene Nyirabalinda, Program Manager at DUHAMIC ADRI, explained to the visiting team that the program reaches the entire household through its integrated approach, making all services available to each household member who needs them. The program is supporting 2,254 households in Huye district and 187 savings groups which have accumulated around 13 million RwF of savings. The savings allow the savings group members to invest in income generating activities such as small businesses, livestock, and agricultural activities. The population is reached through CBVs and Case Management Volunteers (CMV) who are trained by DUHAMIC ADRI.

One of them is Annonciata Mukandagano, a CMV who conducts at least weekly home visits to 10 households in Akagarama village, Muyogoro cell, Huye sector.

She loves caring for people and is grateful that the community trusts her. Twice a week she visits Theresie Kabarenzi and Germain Habyarimana, a couple in their early 50s living in a household with 8 children and a grandchild. Germain left his family 3 months prior to his household being enrolled into the program and he rented a room in the neighboring district Nyanza.

When Annonciata first met with the family to establish the household’s care plan, she enquired why Theresie’s husband left. Theresie explained that they were quarreling every day. Both worked in nearby fields, and the money they earned was not enought to feed the entire household. When Theresie’s husband came home from his field work, there was very little food to almost no food left for him as the children and wife already ate. Food became a serious issue, creating a lot of conflicts between the couple and triggering violence from the husband’s side.

Annonciata explained to Theresie that although they faced poverty and food was scarce, she should have been responsible to distribute the food in a way her husband also received some of it. The only way to get her husband back was to apologize.

When Theresie entered the savings group, and she took her first loan, she invested in an income generating activity.

Economic GBV Huye She then wished her husband could come back home and experience how the family life changed. Annonciata found out where he was living and visited him. She explained to him that his family had enrolled in the program, that she was in a savings group, that she run a small businesss, and that she wanted him to come back. Germain returned to the family, and they all sat together to discuss a new start.

Annunciata followed up closely with the couple, counselling them on the role of husband and wife, and the importance of respecting each another. She explained how husband and wife should complement each another, and how joint decisions between husband and wife around access and use over family resources are key for a good partnership.

Theresie participated in a training on bio-intensive agriculture techniques. She and Germain then jointly decided to take out a loan and now plant tomatoes and cabbages on a rented 1 hectare plot in addition to their sorghum beer business. Their savings target for the expected share out after a year of savings is to invest in 2 pigs.

Five of the children received school materials through the program, which reduced their parents’ financial burden. The 3 older children are in youth savings groups.

Today they are both happy. Germain explained that he won’t leave the family anymore. Together they have many plans. He explained that the program helped him to restructure his life. Now he sees a future in front of him.

RPOs practise psychosocial supportRwanda Partner Organization (RPO) Field Officers, Technical Advisors, and Program Managers of Caritas Rwanda, African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE), Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB), Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA), DUHAMIC ADRI, and Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR) attended the USAID Twiyubake training on psychosocial support from February 20 to 24, 2017.

 

Psychosocial support is support and counseling designed to meet ongoing emotional, social, and spiritual needs of people as they face challenges in life. Challenges may lead to isolation, anxiety, depression, and other health problems. Psychosocial support gives the opportunity, in a quiet, supportive environment, to take time to stop, think, and plan. With sensitive and caring feedback, new awareness is gained and people learn to deal with their challenges in new, productive ways.

psychosocial trainingGlobal Communities USAID Twiyubake held a training on psychosocial support for Rwanda Partner Organization (RPO) Field Officers, Technical Advisors, and Program Managers of Caritas Rwanda, African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE), Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB), Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA), DUHAMIC ADRI, and Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR) from February 20 to 24, 2017.

 

The training was co-facilitated by USAID Twiyubake consortium member Partners in Health and collaborating partner of the health promotion component the Rwanda Network of People Living with HIV (RRP+).

YWCA kitchen gardenJulienne Mukantwari, 30 years old, is a USAID Twiyubake program beneficiary in Mwiri Sector, Kayonza district. “I’m grateful to YWCA Rwanda which is implementing the USAID Twiyubake program in our district. The program transformed me and my community through promoting food security. I can now feed my family with nutrient vegetables grown at home in my kitchen gardens”.

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