kitchen gardenKalisa Innocent is 57 years old. He is married and has 6 children. He is one of the USAID/Twiyubake male champions.

A USAID/Twiyubake male champion is a man who is a role model for other men in the community. He sensitizes and mobilizes men on gender issues, child protection, and positive parenting in different USAID/Twiyibake groups such as savings groups, parenting groups, and any other opportunities where people gather together such as schools and in the community. He also encourages men to attend the parents evening forum.

Kalisa benefitted from trainings on positive masculinity and the construction of kitchen gardens. In addition, he has been appointed to be a Case Management Volunteer and follows-up 10 beneficiary households on a bi-weekly basis.

Twice a month, he visits a household and coaches couples where there is conflict. “I approach them and discuss the role of men in fighting gender based violence. To get best results, I need to build trust. When men understand their role in their partnership with their spouses they easily accept it”, he explained.

CMV 7A Case Management Volunteer is a USAID/Twiyubake Community Based Volunteer (CMV) who is following up 10 households enrolled into the program.

The guidelines on the case management approach were presented on November 21, 2016 to USAID/Twiyubake M&E Officers and Technical Advisors of AEE, EPR, YWCA, Caritas and FXB.

A CMV creates a care plan for each household and pursues it through bi-weekly home visits until key vulnerability issues are addressed and the household members progress far enough to close the case. To reduce their vulnerability, trust and strong relationships between household members are key.

In addition, CMVs guide beneficiaries through behavior change communication messaging and link them to the required social, health, and protective services delivered by the program or existing services in the community aiming at improving the wellbeing and resilience of the household.

In case a household member requires the attention of a more professional provider, a referral will be made to services such as HIV testing and counselling, treatment of opportunistic infections, treatment of other health conditions, gender-based violence, financial services, education support, nutrition education and support – including rehabilitation for severe/acute malnutrition, family planning and other reproductive health services.

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World Aids Day 2016 was celebrated under the national theme “Get up all against HIV/AIDS-Still there”. The theme is a call to action for everyone at all levels to play their role in reducing new HIV infections.

USAID Twiyubake is mobilizing beneficiaries through its clinical-community linkages and referrals program to access HIV testing and counseling services to respond to PEPFAR phase 3 and the joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) ambitious 90-90-90 global goals: 90 percent of people with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of them on ART, and 90 percent of them virally suppressed by 2020.

coachingFollowing up on a training on participatory facilitation skills which was given to Global Communities USAID Twiyubake staff in March 2016, Plan International Rwanda, in collaboration with Plan International USA, provided a coaching and mentoring training to program staff on November 1, 2016.


The training focused on core techniques for promoting participation during training, promoting group empowerment, and maximizing quality improvement.


In line with the two provided trainings, Plan International developed a coaching guide and simplified facilitator’s guide to be used for coaching activities with Community Health Workers and Community Based Volunteers who work with the program beneficiaries.

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