Community Based Nutrition Program

 

Angele Uzamukunda is a nutritionist at the Kabuye health center. She is supervising the Community Based Nutrition Program (CBNP) and Growth Monitoring sessions, which gather parents with children under 6 years from the villages of Kabeza, Nyagasozi, Burizira, and Rebero in Kabuye cell, in the district of Gasabo.

Since August 2016, USAID Twiyubake Rwanda Partner Organization AEE has been supporting Growth Monitoring sessions and implementing the CBNP, along with materials, capacity building, and referrals and counter referrals from the community to the health center. AEE has also been implementing the Positive Deviance Hearth (PD/H) program, which helps families with malnourished children learn best nutrition practices from other parents in their village.

On September 21, 2016, AEE in collaboration with Kabuye health center conducted a cooking demonstration, in which parents learned how to prepare soya milk and cooked a dish composed of different carbohydrates, spinach, kidney beans and sardines.

Most of the women attending the session were single mothers, who are street vendors who sell vegetables. “They move from one village to the next and do not have stable lives”, explained Angele Uzamukunda, nutritionist at Kabuye health center.

ECD in Gicumbi

On September 9, 2016, she visited the Urumuri center, established through USAID Twiyubake RPO Caritas Rwanda in Miyove sector, Gicumbi district. The ECD center set up in the catholic church of Rugando is hosting 48 children from 4 neighboring villages who have to walk long distances to get to the center.

In a coaching session, the consultant reinforced parents’ committee ownership and participation. She also advised on a different sitting arrangement by age group and in a circle, allowing free interactions among the children. To have the classes more structured, she will hand out a timetable. Although a standard package of toys and educational materials will be provided by RPOs, the committee has been encouraged to build handmade materials used in the communities such as mats, dolls etc.

Following 3 ECD modules delivered through a consultancy service by USAID Twiyubake consortium member Plan International, Hadijah Nandyose provided additional coaching sessions to ECD centers implemented by USAID Twiyubake Rwanda Partner Organizations (RPO) in the districts of Kayonza, Huye, Karongi, Musanze, Gasabo and Gicumbi.

The consultant hired by Plan International will also develop a guideline on how to implement an ECD home-based model aligned to the ECD Learning to Develop modules and Trainers’ Guide and provide a pool of ECD messages.

Unity youth club

On September 1, 2016, Kinazi Sector in partnership with Duhamic Adri, the USAID Twiyubake Rwanda Partner Organization implementing the program in Huye district, conducted a community sensitization campaign on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV prevention.

The campaign, attended by Kinazi secondary school students and the community, featured talks on adolescent SRHR and the dangers of drug abuse. The youth were entertained by a drama and music, while being called for HIV testing in the neighboring tent.

Albertine Mukasiba, a Voluntary Counselling and Testing Health Worker at Rusatira health center, discussed stages of sexual development and steps to prevent HIV infection, emphasizing the importance of HIV testing as the only way to know HIV status, and thus encouraging the youth to take advantage of free HIV testing conducted in the tent next to the event.

The Unity Club, a community based youth club which was established in June 2016 in Gitovu cell by USAID Twiyubake Community Based Volunteers trained by Duhamic Adri on SRHR, performed a drama entitled “Beware of those who mislead you”. The drama play showcased a young girl who faced an early pregnancy and became HIV infected as consequences of starting an affair with a wealthy business man.

parenting groupViviane Mukandekezi is a mother of 5 children. She and her husband are both casual workers in fields surrounding their village. Beside the poverty the family is facing, Viviane was overwhelmed with the growing responsibility at home. Her husband slowly retreated from all financial responsibilities, their children, and the household. He used to refer the children to their mother for any need. Beside all education and housekeeping tasks she completed, she had to purchase everything from her own earnings.

When Viviane entered into the USAID Twiyubake savings group, her youngest child was linked to the ECD center at Byinza cell and herself to the attached parenting group.

In the parenting group she attends twice a month, they discuss topics such as family planning, child protection, positive masculinity, positive parenting, gender, hygiene and sanitation, and different ECD components including early learning education, nutrition, child health, maternal health, hygiene and sanitation, child protection, and strengthening family and community support to better care for young children.

In the parenting group she explained the problem she was facing at home. Following the testimony, a USAID Twiyubake case management volunteer trained in Gender Based Violence and Positive Masculinity visited the household to discuss and mediate the raised issue with both partners.

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