ChildRightsWorkshop500USAID Twiyubake held workshops on Child Rights and Child Protection in its 12 districts of implementation to increase capacity of local leaders.

The workshops, attended by District Social Affairs Representatives, National Commission of Children Representatives, Civil Status Officers, and Sector Representatives were marked by discussions on early childhood labor, the issues of street children, school drop-outs, and early pregnancy cases.

Special attention was given to birth registration, which reflects to a child’s right to identity, and which is a target of the USAID Twiyubake program.

TrainingFFSvolunteersKarongi500USAID Twiyubake, implemented by EPR in Karongi district, is supporting the campaign by constructing 450 kitchen gardens in 6 sectors of the district. Households benefiting from a kitchen garden are known for cases of malnutrition or are affected by HIV. With a kitchen garden, households will be able to prepare diverse meals throughout the year, which increase micronutrient intake, such as vitamins and iron.

 

On May 27, 2016, Eglise Presbytérienne au Rwanda (EPR), a Rwandan Partner Organization of the USAID Twiyubake program, in collaboration with Sector Agronomists of the Murambi, Murundi, Gitesi, Ruganda and Gashari sectors, trained volunteers on kitchen garden construction. This training followed a training of trainers (TOT) delivered by USAID Twiyubake on its Farmer Field School module for EPR field officers.

 

The training of volunteers is aligned with the campaign led by MIGEPROF which will promote children’s rights, and fight malnutrition in districts with high levels of malnutrition.

 

Savings group

The meeting aimed at forming savings groups, electing their committees, giving the groups a name, and agreeing on location and date of the weekly meetings.  

The newly created Twuzuzanye savings group agreed upon contributing Rwf 500 for the share to accumulate savings, and Rwf 100 for the social fund to use for small grants when members are in distress, whereas the two other groups decided to buy lower weekly shares, although each member is allow to buy between one to five shares.

On May 25th 2016, households participating in the USAID Twiyubake program residing in the villages of Impuhe, Urukundo, and Amahoro gathered at Gacyamo cell, Gitega Sector, in Nyarugenge to register for the savings groups, the program’s entry point.

African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE), the Rwanda Partner Organization implementing the USAID Twiyubake program in Nyarugenge district, organized the meeting with the support of Social Affairs representatives Chance Assumpta Shemsa of the village of Impuhe and Oda Muhigirwa of the village of Urukundo, who volunteered for this activity. After formation of the savings group, the two volunteers will continue accompanying the savings groups to assist them in their self-management.

Riziki Mukangoga, president of Duterimbere savings group, is looking forward to the mutual social support of participating in a savings group, belonging to a group of people with the same vision for development, and growing together.

 

 

ASRHR volunteer training 500

The volunteers have been trained on Family Planning, HIV Prevention and Management, reproductive health and rights, reproductive system and sexuality, and stages of sexual development.

In a subsequent session they will be trained on counselling techniques for HIV testing and on life skills, which covers prevention of drug abuse, street behavior, teenage pregnancies and mobilizing and engaging boys in gender equality.

This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “It’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent & treat HIV among our children and adolescents”. “A study form the RBC revealed that only 44% of the youth who is HIV positive is on treatment, which reflects a gap in knowledge on sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and youth, calling for efforts to address it with sufficient correct information” announced Olivier Uwiragiye, USAID Twiyubake Household and Community Strengthening Officer in charge of ASRHR, who was supporting DUHAMIC-ADRI in the volunteers’ training.

On May 16th and 17th , 2016, USAID Twiyubake’s Rwanda Partner Organization DUHAMIC-ADRI trained volunteers on Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health and Rights (ASRHR) in the sectors of Kinazi, Huye, Simbi and Kigoma in Huye district.

 

 

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