Gender communication visit

On June 14, 2017, Amy Condra, the USAID Communications Specialist from the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Washington, D.C., and Triphine Munganyinka, USAID Rwanda Development Program Specialist, visited the USAID Twiyubake program in Mageragere sector, Nyarugenge district to observe gender integration activities. The team visited a household which had experienced and resolved gender-based violence and a Boys4Change club.

Twiyubake-supported household resolves gender concerns

Katharina and Paul have been married for 20 years and they have four children. Today Katharina is an elected representative of the National Women Council at the cell level. When she has to attend a National Women Council meeting, her husband stays at home and does the household chores. Paul is happy to see his wife involved in the National Women Council’s affairs.

But things have not always been this way. For most of the 20 years they have been married, Katharina was the sole care giver and provider for her family. Her husband was addicted to alcohol. “When I came home, my wife and children would run away as they feared me. Even my neighbors were avoiding me as much as they could. I was terrifying everyone in my surrounding. I was always drunk and I wasted so much money, I did not support my children. We even were not able to buy salt to put in the food,” Paul explained.

When Paul enrolled in a Twiyubake supported saving group, his life changed. He received financial education and was taught to have a plan for his life. “Before I lived from day to day. My spouse did everything. When she harvested our crop and sold it, I spent the money on alcohol. It was terrible,” he explained.

Through participation in various Twiyubake activities, the couple received lessons on GBV, positive masculinity, child rights and learned how to live in harmony. Paul is member of the savings group and farmer field school. They have a kitchen garden and receive lessons on nutrition, WASH and family planning from their case management volunteer. Now they live in harmony with each other. In June they purchased health insurance for the entire household and for 2018 they plan to invest in a cow.

How a Boys4Change club is advancing positive masculinity

The visitors also visited the Duhugurane Boys4Change club. The 27 boys, aged 15-24, have been trained on positive masculinity. During the visit, club members presented songs, a skit and testimonies explaining the changes they have experienced through their participation in the club. They explained how they previously only helped with their father’s work, but not their mother’s or sisters’ chores. Through the club, they learned why it’s important for both girls and boys to participate in household chores, such as cleaning, cooking and dishwashing. “I’m comfortable to help my sisters in household chores and I started to sensitize other boys and men to become.

UWAIn collaboration with MIGEPROF and the National Women Council (NWC), USAID Twiyubake and partners participated in the development of the Parents Evening Forum User Guideline and in the training of trainers for local authority leaders, national and district NWC representatives, and the Rwanda Partner Organizations who cascaded the training to community volunteers. As a result, USAID Twiyubake community volunteers are actively mobilizing and encouraging community members, especially men, to attend the parents evening forum.

Ruhango, a village of 105 households, is holding the parents evening forum every last Friday of the month. The group started in May 2016 with 20 members and now counts 54 active members, of which 40 are women and 14 are men. Out of the 54 members, 16 are enrolled in USAID Twiyubake saving group and two program volunteers are parents evening forum committee members.

When the USAID Twiyubake team visited the group on May 26, 2017, the community volunteers, Uwingabire Alphonsine and Josephine Uwimana led discussions on family planning and positive parenting. Topics which they regularly teach in the program’s saving group and households.

Commenting on the performance of her forum, Annonciata Musabyimana, the president of the parents evening forum, said she was very satisfied with the group’s achievements. The parents evening forum members supported their group members in buying community health insurances for 12 destitute families. In April, they visited genocide survivor households. The group was also able to increase their revenue by investing in various income generating activities. Members initiated a saving group and opened a bank account at a SACCO. On a rented 700 m2 acre land, they are cultivating maize, sorghum and beans, which so far produced a return of Rwf 350,000. Their target is to buy their own land to cultivate.

 

handing over certificate Sulfo Rwanda IndustriesOn Tuesday March 28, the residents of Mwili sector in Kayonza district  celebrated the closing of a six-month national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign, facilitated by Global Communities USAID Twiyubake in collaboration with Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA). Sulfo Rwanda Industries supported the campaign under its corporate social responsibility with a donation of water drums, soap bars and drinking water.

The event under the theme: Your health is your concern: Drinking safe water, hand washing for proper hygiene, and use adequate sanitation accommodated 1800 residents of Mwiri sector and hosted representatives from the Ministry of health (MOH), USAID, Kayonza district, Gahini and Mwiri sector, and partners implementing the USAID Community Health and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN) program in Kayonza district.

During the six-month WASH campaign, USAID Twiyubake implemented by YWCA in Kayonza district, provided WASH education messages to over 900 program households in the sectors of Mwiri, Kabare and Gahini in their saving groups and during home visits.

Claudine Mukamunana is now a model farmer for her surrounding community 2Claudine Mukamunana is a Community Based Volunteer in charge of the farmer field school in Rwaniro sector, Huye district. DUHAMIC ADRI enrolled her into the USAID Twiyubake program.

In front of her house near the main road she has built a model kitchen garden. Local authorities who frequently pass by the garden, mobilized the community to come to learn from her how to build and plant a kitchen garden. “Even community health workers came with parents and their malnourished children to learn from me”, explained Claudine.

Thanks to the Bio-Intensive Agriculture Techniques and use of organic manure she was able to double the yield of the vegetables on her field next to her house. Now she is selling vegetables which allow her to pay school fees for her children in addition to providing her family with a balanced diet.

She thanks USAID Twiyubake and DUHAMIC-ADRI for the training she received and is proud to be a model farmer for her surrounding community.

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