On November 16th, 2017, USAID Twiyubake hosted a visit to households enrolled into USAID Twiyubake and GIkuriro in Mwiri sector, Kayonza district.

The Chief of Party of Gikuriro, Mr. Alemayehu Gebremariam and the Chief of Party of USAID Twiyubake, Dr. Samson Radeny, program staff, district and sector representatives, visited households enrolled into both programs or at least one of the program to observe ongoing transformation and define opportunities for greater collaboration and resource leveraging.

USAID Gikuriro, a partnership between SNV and Catholic Relief Services, is designed to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five years whereas USAID Twiyubake implemented by Global Communities Rwanda in collaboration with three international organizations, namely Plan International, AVSI, and Partners in Health, is a program to reduce economic vulnerability by empowering parents to make investments that meet the unique needs of their families, particularly young children and adolescents. USAID Twiyubake and USAID Gikuriro are collaborating in nutrition and WASH activities and through referral and linkages.

The households supported by the programs featured swept compounds on which kitchen gardens were flourishing. Each household presented a handwashing station next to a clean covered latrine.

Below are three testimonies from families who are grateful for the service from those programs.

Gakwaya's child who was suffering from acute malnutrition gained now normal weight thanks to the support from the Gikuriro program. His wife is now teaching other mothers on best nutrition practices. On the kitchen gardens, she plants green peppers which she sells for Rwf 3000 per month. She uses this money to buy milk for her child. Now her child is attending the USAID Twiyubake supported ECD center.

Majyambere's family is enrolled into both Twiyubake and Gikuriro program. They have five children and embraced family planning to take time for their children education. Thanks to the gender sensitization, they now plan jointly all activities. Their toilet was damaged and thanks to the saving group they were able to renovate it. They plant beetroots on their kitchen gardens which they sell for 1200 Rwf to buy dry sardines for their children. From the savings they bought house equipment, health insurances and a goat.

Kanani is a Twiyubake beneficiary. Prior to entering into the program she used to live a passive life and used to spend his time with taking some drinks. Since he is in the Twiyubake prgrom his life changed. He became active and ambitious and is now a role model in his village. He is a program volunteer for the saving groups. He eagerly implemented all WASH messages. From the conditional household grants and the savings, he bought a cow for 70 000Rwf. As people in his village have to fetch water far away, he bought a water tank for 380 000 Rwf to be paid within a year in instalments.

Global Communities Rwanda is joining the World Aids Day 2017 celebrated under the national theme “Get Tested for HIV. If positive, start and stay on life-saving treatment”. The theme is a call of action for everyone to play their role in reducing new HIV infections.

USAID Twiyubake is mobilizing through its clinical-community linkages and referrals program beneficiaries 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.

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.

 Connect with Us  Facebook7Twitter7