Global Communities Rwanda extends its warmest congratulations to Louis Ndayishimiye, Senior Driver, Global Communities Rwanda, for having been awarded the Global Communities’ 2017 Exceptional Host Country Staff Member Award.

On November 9th, 2017, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Espérance Nyirasafari, accompanied by the State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Nsengiyumva Fulgence, the ECD Coordinator, Dr Anita Asiimwe, District Officials, Global Communities Deputy Chief of Party, DUHAMIC ADRI Senior Management and USAID

Twiyubake staff visited the Early Childhood Development Center “Teta Kibondo” located in Huye district, Huye sector, Nyakagezi cell, Mbuba village.

Early childhood development, which focuses on the period from birth up to six years of age, is a critical window of opportunity for a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development during which the family environment has a critical influence on child development.

The ECD center was established on May 29th, 2016, by Global Communities partner organization DUHAMIC ADRI which is implementing the USAD Twiyubake program in Huye district. The program selected and trained facilitators and caregivers on ECD policy and pillars, positive parenting, hygiene and nutrition. In addition, it equipped the center with materials according to MIGEPROF standards. Currently, Teta Kibondo is hosting 65 children divided into groups of 2-3 years and 4-5 years.

The Minister and the delegation appreciated the education level of the children and how the ECD center is putting into practice the five ECD pillars which are education, hygiene, health, nutrition, and child protection.

They were interested to hear how the program is implemented and appreciated the role of the community in owning the ECD: the role of the ECD facilitators, caregivers, parents committee and parents. The visitors encouraged the community to craft handmade toys, focus on child nutrition and continue to be involved in child education.

On October 13th, 2017, the Marriott hotel offered a two-hour study tour to 30 USAID Twiyubake supported hotel management Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) student from Ecole Technique Muhazi and Butamwa Vocational Training Center. The visit was intended to allow TVET students to become familiar with 5 star hotel settings and strengthen their theoretical background. The TVET students visited the hotel’s operation departments and got an overview of its international history and worldwide business.

Rex A.G. Nijhof, General Manager of the Marriott Hotel was grateful to receive the young students for the study tour. He encouraged them to work very hard as this is the way to achieve a great carrier. He informed that their Human Resource office is open for online recruitments and encouraged the young students to apply for a job.

The Marriott Hotel is currently present in 30 countries.

“It was a great opportunity to see how a 5 star hotel is operating. I appreciated the most the room visit as the rooms have a lot of features and accessories which are good to know. The visit definitely helped me to be better prepared for my current internship. I also liked the motivation to always work hard. If you work hard you get confidence to achieve a lot. My favorite lesson in the hotel management studies was culinary art. I am proud to be in the hotel business industry as it is a field with a lot of potential jobs. My dream is to run a fast food restaurant”, Diane, 21 years, living in Nyakabanda sector, Nyarugenge district.

“I loved the Marriott study tour as it opened my eyes. I liked most the room visit as housekeeping is my favorite area. I like esthetics and when everything is tidy. I am really grateful for the TVET training I am going to accomplish. Now I know how to cook. I was used to cook at home but the new recipes and especially the spices we used in the training are very different. Working in a high class hotel would be the ideal as you gain so much knowledge. My dream is to get a job in a hotel, have a nice life and support my family”. Pascaline, 23 years old, living in Mageragere sector, Nyarugenge district.

On October 27th 2017, Gikomero sector celebrated the International Handwashing Day facilitated by USAID Twiyubake Global Communities and its implementing partner in Gasabo district African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE). The event under the theme: Gukaraba Intoki Ejo Hacu Heza accommodated 500 residents from Rwimiyange village. The Executive secretary of Gikomero district, Gonzague Rwamucyo, welcomed the community living in Rwimiyange village and introduced the representative of the district, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and USAID Twiyubake implementing partners AEE and Global Communities. “Thanks to our hands, we are able to generate income. This is why we should be encouraged to think over our handwashing habits”, he explained.

In a role play presented by USAID Twiyubake beneficiaries, a family portrayed different hand washing habits until a Community Health Club (CHC) member visited them and invited them to join the CHC. The CHC members showcased how they teach the community using the education cards developed by the Ministry of Health’s Community Based Hygiene Promotion Program. After the theory, a USAID Twiyubake volunteer conducted a public hand washing demonstration.

Melanie M., is one of the CHC member. The 45 years old mother of 8 children is a USAID Twiyuke beneficiary and her main attention goes towards the activities in the hygiene club. The club is composed of 80 participants living in one village. She

is attending the hygiene club every Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm. “I love hygiene, especially as a mother. Hygiene is key in child raising. I already knew a lot about it but now I know more”, she explained. The CHC motivated her to put a roof on her toilet. She now has a tippy tap, a drying rack and a rope to dry the laundry. She has a kitchen garden to raise vegetables. Thanks to the program’s saving group she was able to buy two chicken and one goat.

Vivine Tuyizere, WASH Officer at Gasabo district appreciated the community dialogue on handwashing best practices. She encouraged the village leaders to conduct household visits to support the educational activities from the CHC.

In his speech to the participants, Zaccharie Rubaravu, MOH representative in charge of the Community-Based Health Promotion Program (CBHPP) and the guest of honor, explained: “As you have observed from the role play, we all are used to wash hands but not properly. If your toilet is clean, you drink clean water and apply all the messages we heard today, you prevent 99% of diseases as you will prevent the transfer of bacteria, viruses and parasites, which would otherwise contaminate water and food. This contamination is a major cause of diarrhea. To the parents, you may punish your children because they bring bad scores from school, but the food you feed them may be contaminated and lead the child to have diarrhea leading to a loss of large amounts of water, salt and valuable nutrients. In most of the cases parents are responsible for stunting in their children as malnutrition is often a result of poor hygiene”.

CHC are part of an integrated and participatory action plan to fight diseases caused by poor hygiene and sanitation in communities. The clubs which are established in each village are composed of 50 to 100 members. They sensitize the community on hygiene best practices using the CBHPP education card developed by the Ministry of Health and helping most vulnerable people to build toilets.The club members of Rwimiyange village are currently building one toilet. Another seven households are awaiting to get support to build the toilet soon. In the districts of Gasabo, Burera and Musanze, USAID Twiyubake through a consultancy and in collaboration with local authorities assessed WASH behaviors, trained 764 CHC facilitators, developed and provided training materials and supported the creation of 4,594 CHCs.

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