On October 13th, 2017, the Marriott hotel offered a two-hour study tour to 30 USAID Twiyubake supported hotel management Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) student from Ecole Technique Muhazi and Butamwa Vocational Training Center. The visit was intended to allow TVET students to become familiar with 5 star hotel settings and strengthen their theoretical background. The TVET students visited the hotel’s operation departments and got an overview of its international history and worldwide business.

Rex A.G. Nijhof, General Manager of the Marriott Hotel was grateful to receive the young students for the study tour. He encouraged them to work very hard as this is the way to achieve a great carrier. He informed that their Human Resource office is open for online recruitments and encouraged the young students to apply for a job.

The Marriott Hotel is currently present in 30 countries.

“It was a great opportunity to see how a 5 star hotel is operating. I appreciated the most the room visit as the rooms have a lot of features and accessories which are good to know. The visit definitely helped me to be better prepared for my current internship. I also liked the motivation to always work hard. If you work hard you get confidence to achieve a lot. My favorite lesson in the hotel management studies was culinary art. I am proud to be in the hotel business industry as it is a field with a lot of potential jobs. My dream is to run a fast food restaurant”, Diane, 21 years, living in Nyakabanda sector, Nyarugenge district.

“I loved the Marriott study tour as it opened my eyes. I liked most the room visit as housekeeping is my favorite area. I like esthetics and when everything is tidy. I am really grateful for the TVET training I am going to accomplish. Now I know how to cook. I was used to cook at home but the new recipes and especially the spices we used in the training are very different. Working in a high class hotel would be the ideal as you gain so much knowledge. My dream is to get a job in a hotel, have a nice life and support my family”. Pascaline, 23 years old, living in Mageragere sector, Nyarugenge district.

On October 27th 2017, Gikomero sector celebrated the International Handwashing Day facilitated by USAID Twiyubake Global Communities and its implementing partner in Gasabo district African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE). The event under the theme: Gukaraba Intoki Ejo Hacu Heza accommodated 500 residents from Rwimiyange village. The Executive secretary of Gikomero district, Gonzague Rwamucyo, welcomed the community living in Rwimiyange village and introduced the representative of the district, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and USAID Twiyubake implementing partners AEE and Global Communities. “Thanks to our hands, we are able to generate income. This is why we should be encouraged to think over our handwashing habits”, he explained.

In a role play presented by USAID Twiyubake beneficiaries, a family portrayed different hand washing habits until a Community Health Club (CHC) member visited them and invited them to join the CHC. The CHC members showcased how they teach the community using the education cards developed by the Ministry of Health’s Community Based Hygiene Promotion Program. After the theory, a USAID Twiyubake volunteer conducted a public hand washing demonstration.

Melanie M., is one of the CHC member. The 45 years old mother of 8 children is a USAID Twiyuke beneficiary and her main attention goes towards the activities in the hygiene club. The club is composed of 80 participants living in one village. She

is attending the hygiene club every Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm. “I love hygiene, especially as a mother. Hygiene is key in child raising. I already knew a lot about it but now I know more”, she explained. The CHC motivated her to put a roof on her toilet. She now has a tippy tap, a drying rack and a rope to dry the laundry. She has a kitchen garden to raise vegetables. Thanks to the program’s saving group she was able to buy two chicken and one goat.

Vivine Tuyizere, WASH Officer at Gasabo district appreciated the community dialogue on handwashing best practices. She encouraged the village leaders to conduct household visits to support the educational activities from the CHC.

In his speech to the participants, Zaccharie Rubaravu, MOH representative in charge of the Community-Based Health Promotion Program (CBHPP) and the guest of honor, explained: “As you have observed from the role play, we all are used to wash hands but not properly. If your toilet is clean, you drink clean water and apply all the messages we heard today, you prevent 99% of diseases as you will prevent the transfer of bacteria, viruses and parasites, which would otherwise contaminate water and food. This contamination is a major cause of diarrhea. To the parents, you may punish your children because they bring bad scores from school, but the food you feed them may be contaminated and lead the child to have diarrhea leading to a loss of large amounts of water, salt and valuable nutrients. In most of the cases parents are responsible for stunting in their children as malnutrition is often a result of poor hygiene”.

CHC are part of an integrated and participatory action plan to fight diseases caused by poor hygiene and sanitation in communities. The clubs which are established in each village are composed of 50 to 100 members. They sensitize the community on hygiene best practices using the CBHPP education card developed by the Ministry of Health and helping most vulnerable people to build toilets.The club members of Rwimiyange village are currently building one toilet. Another seven households are awaiting to get support to build the toilet soon. In the districts of Gasabo, Burera and Musanze, USAID Twiyubake through a consultancy and in collaboration with local authorities assessed WASH behaviors, trained 764 CHC facilitators, developed and provided training materials and supported the creation of 4,594 CHCs.

Seraphine N. is a community health worker (CHW) working in Nyiramuko village, Cyivugiza cell, Muko sector, Musanze district. As a CHW she is in charge of issues around family planning, malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition. Once a month she organizes the growth monitoring session and cooking demonstration in the village kitchen.

Since the USAID Twiyubake program implemented by Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB) started in Musanze district she has been invited and regularly attends the program’s quarterly meeting with CHW and health promotion CBVs. In the quarterly meeting, she was introduced to the USAID Twiyubake community based nutrition program which is supporting the monthly growth monitoring sessions and PDH groups.

PDH is a community-based approach aiming at reducing the prevalence of malnutrition among children under five years within a short period of time. During the PDH sessions, the children are fed nutritious meals which the parents prepare using ingredients they have contributed. The positive deviant households have mothers of well-nourished children from poor families facing the same resources and risks as parents with children showing symptoms of malnutrition, these households train the community on best household nutrition practices. After the hearth session, volunteers in collaboration with the CBVs continue to monitor the children’s growth and support the families to apply the new behaviors they have learned.

In Nyiramuko village four children were found with moderate malnutrition in the last GMP session. These children were referred to the PDH group Seraphine and a CBV initiated in her village for a two week’s period.

After this two weeks, three children gained normal weight. One three years old girl remained in the PDH. She weighed 9.3 kg when she entered the PDH session and was able to reach 10.5 kg. Now Seraphine is visiting her every day at her home to follow up on her. Her mother cooks a separate meal for the child, the child is fed with milk she received from the health center and is eating an egg once a week.

Although the household is not enrolled into the USAID Twiyubake program, they replicated a kitchen garden next to their house from the nearby USAID Twiyubake farmer field school. On their kitchen garden they plant different vegetables for household consumption.

 

Pascasie T. is 23 years old, she lives with her mother and her 3 younger siblings in Ruryango Village, Mutunda cell, Mbazi sector in Huye District. In 2016, DUHAMIC ADRI enrolled her mother, a widow, into the program and Pascasie benefitted the youth services. She is a member of the youth saving and sexual reproductive health and rights group and received a training in work readiness. In the saving group she once took a small loan to buy food for her family when her mother was sick and from the SRHR group she learned the importance of decision making regarding her sexual life.

Pascasie was able to complete secondary 3 but since then she did not return to school. Her mother was not able to afford the school fees and she didn’t feel to go back to school instead she wished to learn a trade which she would use to earn an income.

In March 2017, she was eligible for the USAID Twiybake scholarship to attend technical and vocational education and training (TVET) provided to 596 youths who had completed at least 9 years of basic education and were out of school. She selected a six month course in hair dressing and completed a two months internship in a hair salon in Huye town.

She is now braiding hairs in her village which allows her to gain Rwf 2000 per week. Now, she is supporting her mother and sisters with basic needs in the household.

Pascasie and her mother are both HIV positive. Pascasie takes ART since 2011. She is seeing her future in a small town in the eastern province where her aunt lives. There, she saw potential for her trade and feels comfortable to start an independent life.

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