International Womens Day in Kayonza districtOn March 8, 2017, USAID Twiyubake celebrated the International Women’s Day in the 12 districts of program implementation under the national theme: “Munyarwandakazi, komeza usigasire agaciro wasubijwe” (Preserving the dignity regained), highlighting the remarkable achievements the country gained in women empowerment.

In Kayonza district, Rwanda Partner Organization Young Women's Christian Association of Rwanda (YWCA) joined the district in the celebration at Mwiri Sector, Kageyo cell, Rugeyo Village. The event attended by Members of Parliament, the District Council, the Mayor of Kayonza, Rwanda Defense Force and National Police representatives featured awareness raising on the existing GBV prevention and response services of the Isange One Stop Center and witnessed re-integration of the GBV victims as well as support to the most vulnerable members in the community. Women residing in the sector exhibited their products in agriculture, fashion, and handcraft.

ANTI HIV CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN NYARUTARAMA GASABO DISTRICT supported by AEE USAID Twiyubake 2In line with the World Aids Day 2016 under the national theme “Get up all against HIV/AIDS-Still there”, a one week HIV/AIDS campaign has been supported by USAID Twiyubake in different program districts. A call for prevention, HIV testing and counselling and use of treatment services availed by the government.

MTN phone distribution and conditional household grantsGlobal Communities USAID Twiyubake in partnership with its Rwanda Partner Organization African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE), the district of Gasabo and the telecom provider MTN, on Thursday March 23, 2017 launched the provision of the conditional household grants for the most vulnerable families enrolled in the second cohort of the USAID Twiyubake program.

In addition to the provision of the conditional household grants, Global Communities USAID Twiyubake donated 11,000 MTN telephone devices along with SIM cards to the recipients of the grants.

A performance contract was signed by recipients of the conditional household grants in witness of program case management volunteers and village chief which serve as a commitment to fulfill all the requirements to receive the grants.

The conditional household grants of Rwf 10.000 per household per month will be transferred by mobile money for a period of six months to a year, depending on the improvements shown through the assessment reports based on the individually established household care plans by the case management volunteers.

500NCC with pgm MagerFrancois Bisengimana, Director of Adoption, Protection and Promotion of Child Rights at the National Commission of Children (NCC) from March 20 to 24, 2017 visited the USAID Twiyubake program in the districts of Musanze and Burera implemented by Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Rwanda (FXB).

NCC is an independent organ of the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, which is promoting a child friendly society that places children at the center of development, its mission is to enhance child rights.

USAID Twiyubake since the inception of the program worked closely with NCC since households enrolled into the program were identified following their Most Vulnerable Children data base.

The four days field journey aimed at visiting family planning activities, early childhood development (ECD) centers, youth savings groups and sexual reproductive health and rights groups.

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