gendergp analysisTo promote effective gender mainstreaming across the program, USAID Twiyubake hired Three Stones Consulting Ltd, which conducted a program gender gap analysis from July to October 2016.

The gender gap analysis was validated on October 13, 2016, by representatives of the USAID Twiyubake Consortium, MIGEPROF, and Rwanda Partner Organizations Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA), DUHAMIC ADRI, Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR), Caritas Rwanda, African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB).

The analysis highlighted the main gender barriers to gender equality and transformation found among program beneficiaries and reviewed program documents for challenges in the implementation of the program.

The consultancy service collected qualitative data which were interpreted following the USAID conceptual framework around social norms and power dynamics and the Social Relations Approach (SRA) framework.

At the community level, the main finding regarding the construction of masculinity and femininity was that men mainly considered themselves as the “head of the family” while women consider themselves as “the heart of the household”.

conditional household grantsUSAID Twiyubake will provide conditional household grantsfor vulnerable families in the most of its districts of program implementation.

 

The approach to be used to disseminate the grant was discussed in a workshop held on Oct 7, 2016, for Program Managers, Technical Advisors and Field Officers of the Rwanda partner organization Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA), DUHAMIC ADRI, Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR), Caritas Rwanda and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB).

 

The conditional household grant of Rwf 10.000 per household per month will be given through savings group members enrolled in the program. These beneficiaries were selected from the National Children Commission’s (NCC) Most Vulnerable Children database.

The Community Finance Initiative (CFI), funded and implemented by Global Communities/USAID Twiyubake in partnership with Peace Corps Rwanda is a community-oriented program that promotes self-reliance through financial management. Peace Corps volunteers, working with community facilitators, provide an 18 week training on saving, budgeting, debt management and banking services. During the last quarter, beneficiaries embarked on the second phase of the CFI training. One group learned about business development and basic entrepreneurship, while another chose to start in savings groups and make monthly budgets for their families.

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Peace Corps is implementing the program in the following districts: Kamonyi, Karongi, Gicumbi, Kayonza, Nyamasheke, Nyabihu, Ruhango, Gatsibo, Gisagara, Nygatare and Muhanga.

 

“These lessons have helped me so much. I proposed my husband to take a loan. We agreed on a 150,000 Rwf loan with which we opened our own shop. My oldest son, who has finished Senior 6, helps us at the store. With the money we make, we are saving to have him attend university. Next year, we are planning raising hens and cultivating coffee plants. This class has truly opened my eyes and allowed our family to grow and really take advantage of the services available to us. A testimony from Donatha M., who graduated from the CFI training, Eastern Province

 

 

Social Mula

The campaign under the theme “Let’s go for an HIV test to know our status, how to protect and care for ourselves” was launched on September 22, 2016, in Gihogwe Catholic Primary and Secondary school.

The Club Anti Sida of the school, established in 2009, has 88 members from senior 1 to senior 6. Simeon Uwiringiye, Technical Advisor at African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE), organized question and answer sessions with the students on topics around HIV/AIDS.Social Mula the afro beat and R&B singer who had his breakthrough in 2013 under the record label Ibisumizi, supported African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) in disseminating HIV testing and counselling messages targeting the youth. 

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