UWAIn collaboration with MIGEPROF and the National Women Council (NWC), USAID Twiyubake and partners participated in the development of the Parents Evening Forum User Guideline and in the training of trainers for local authority leaders, national and district NWC representatives, and the Rwanda Partner Organizations who cascaded the training to community volunteers. As a result, USAID Twiyubake community volunteers are actively mobilizing and encouraging community members, especially men, to attend the parents evening forum.

Ruhango, a village of 105 households, is holding the parents evening forum every last Friday of the month. The group started in May 2016 with 20 members and now counts 54 active members, of which 40 are women and 14 are men. Out of the 54 members, 16 are enrolled in USAID Twiyubake saving group and two program volunteers are parents evening forum committee members.

When the USAID Twiyubake team visited the group on May 26, 2017, the community volunteers, Uwingabire Alphonsine and Josephine Uwimana led discussions on family planning and positive parenting. Topics which they regularly teach in the program’s saving group and households.

Commenting on the performance of her forum, Annonciata Musabyimana, the president of the parents evening forum, said she was very satisfied with the group’s achievements. The parents evening forum members supported their group members in buying community health insurances for 12 destitute families. In April, they visited genocide survivor households. The group was also able to increase their revenue by investing in various income generating activities. Members initiated a saving group and opened a bank account at a SACCO. On a rented 700 m2 acre land, they are cultivating maize, sorghum and beans, which so far produced a return of Rwf 350,000. Their target is to buy their own land to cultivate.

 

handing over certificate Sulfo Rwanda IndustriesOn Tuesday March 28, the residents of Mwili sector in Kayonza district  celebrated the closing of a six-month national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign, facilitated by Global Communities USAID Twiyubake in collaboration with Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA). Sulfo Rwanda Industries supported the campaign under its corporate social responsibility with a donation of water drums, soap bars and drinking water.

The event under the theme: Your health is your concern: Drinking safe water, hand washing for proper hygiene, and use adequate sanitation accommodated 1800 residents of Mwiri sector and hosted representatives from the Ministry of health (MOH), USAID, Kayonza district, Gahini and Mwiri sector, and partners implementing the USAID Community Health and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN) program in Kayonza district.

During the six-month WASH campaign, USAID Twiyubake implemented by YWCA in Kayonza district, provided WASH education messages to over 900 program households in the sectors of Mwiri, Kabare and Gahini in their saving groups and during home visits.

Claudine Mukamunana is now a model farmer for her surrounding community 2Claudine Mukamunana is a Community Based Volunteer in charge of the farmer field school in Rwaniro sector, Huye district. DUHAMIC ADRI enrolled her into the USAID Twiyubake program.

In front of her house near the main road she has built a model kitchen garden. Local authorities who frequently pass by the garden, mobilized the community to come to learn from her how to build and plant a kitchen garden. “Even community health workers came with parents and their malnourished children to learn from me”, explained Claudine.

Thanks to the Bio-Intensive Agriculture Techniques and use of organic manure she was able to double the yield of the vegetables on her field next to her house. Now she is selling vegetables which allow her to pay school fees for her children in addition to providing her family with a balanced diet.

She thanks USAID Twiyubake and DUHAMIC-ADRI for the training she received and is proud to be a model farmer for her surrounding community.

Theogene Maniraho expanded a culture of saving in his communityTheogene Maniraho, 39 years old, lives with his wife and five children in Kigali, Kicukiro district, Niboye sector. Theogene used to work as a motorcycle taxi driver to sustain his family. In August 2014, he had an accident with his motorbike and lost his leg. The recovery took very long. “I could only see darkness in my future. My wife started washing clothes in the neighborhood households, so that we can make ends meet”, he explained.

In August 2016, African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) enrolled Theogene’s household into the USAID Twiyubake program. “I was excited to join the program. I joined the savings and lending group we named Twiyubake as we really wanted to build ourselves,” he added.

The group members elected Theogene as the savings group treasurer. When the group’s community based volunteer resigned, he took over. He coached and encouraged the group to work hard to maximize their savings. The members provide a share of Rwf 500 (0.60 US $) per week. Most of them live from day labor and small businesses of selling vegetables. After only eight months, the 25 group members had saved Rwf 1,112,750 (1390 US $).

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