distribution of school materialsPrior to starting the new school year, USAID Twiyubake provided a one-time donation of educational supplies and materials to 51,346 school-going children in the 12 districts of program implementation.

The distribution of school material is a way to tackle school drop outs by easing the economic burden on parents sending their children to school.

The donation included school materials for the entire year including schoolbags, note books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and (for higher level classes) mathematic sets and scientific calculators. The school materials will be followed with school uniforms and solar lamps so students can study at night in areas without electricity.

Hon. Minister Esperance Nyirasafari at the 11th Children Summit exhibion Minister The program participated in the 11th national children’s summit organized by the NCC from December 6-8th, under the theme “Positive Parenting: Foundation of Culture.”

The summit began with an exhibition by organizations in Rwanda working in the field of child promotion, attended by the Honorable Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Esperance Nyirasafari. At the exhibition, the program displayed recommended ECD practices, including positive parenting, core ECD pillars, and community involvement of males, particularly fathers, in the ECD. In addition, the program highlighted its involvement in adolescent SRHR, including prevention of teenage pregnancies, HIV and sexually transmitted Infections (STIs), and gender-based violence.

The following day, children participated in a cultural contest. The third day was dedicated to a summit at the parliament, which closed with children discussing and presenting their recommendations about their rights and role in Rwanda’s development.The program provided financial support for pre-summit meetings and supported training of children forum committees for active participation at the summit. In addition, it supported transport of children to the summit from the districts and provided T-shirts for participants.

ECD kinazi 500On November 24 2016, USAID/Twiyubake program staff visited Kinazi early childhood development (ECD) center.

The visit highlighted the collaboration between Kinazi Sector, Global Communities and the Rwanda Partner Organization Duhamic Adri in implementing USAID/Twiyubake ECD program and community youth clubs in the sector.

The visiting team was composed of Kinazi Sector Executive Secretary Vital Migabo, Duhamic Adri Executive Secretary Innocent Benineza, Technical Advisor Janvier Ugeziwe, and Program Manager Verene Nyirabalinda, and Global Communities Program Manager Abilene Seguin and Chief of Party Dr. Samson Radeny.

The below story is reported verbatim following an interview with one of the program beneficiaries. For the sake of confidentiality, fictitious names have been used and photos of the beneficiary cannot be provided.

My name is Drocella, and I come from Kigarama village, Mugobore cell, Simbi sector, Huye district. I am married and have two children. Since March 2016, I have been a Case Management Volunteer (CMV) in the USAID/Twiyubake program.

I used to be on ARV treatment, but interrupted the treatment because I heard false rumors spread about these drugs, which caused me to believe they were harmful to me. And overall, I had not accepted the fact that I had the disease. I felt depressed and I isolated myself from the outside world. I soon lost weight and became seriously sick. I had different opportunistic infections including cachexia. I could not perform my daily activities anymore and felt as if I would die very soon.

I was angry with my husband, blaming him that he had infected me with HIV as he announced one year after we got married that he was HIV positive. That was twelve years ago.

Once our household enrolled into the USAID/Twiyubake program, a CMV trained on referrals and linkages counselled me. She kept telling me that I needed to accept the condition and care for my children and family. She accompanied me to the nearest health center. Before, I used to go to a health center far away from my village as I was afraid that people in my village might find out about my HIV status. A nurse counselled me and put me on ART treatment, and I began to feel better.

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