GIRLS PROGRAM

Power to Change

Power to Change project is implemented in partnership with World YWCA under the support of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. YWCA Rwanda empowers girls who are still facing unwanted pregnancies and high rates of HIV infection.YWCA Rwanda offers a series of training for young women (ages 12 to 30 years old) in areas such as women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health. By targeting this age group, YWCA is effectively able to teach leadership skills, sexual health awareness and other issues they may have to face to prepare them for the future. The Safe Spaces Model with its eight elements: accessible and safe location, leadership and participation, accurate and reliable information, building trust, holistic approaches, inter-generational cooperation, dignity and respect, partnership and accountability provide a community safe space to promote the Power to Change program.

Supporting Girls Future through Education and Financial Education Project

YWCA in partnership with Plan International Rwanda is implementing a three-year Education project- Supporting Girls’ Futures through Education and Financial Education Training that is funded through Plan UK (UKNO) by Credit Suisse. This project is being implemented in two districts of Bugesera (Eastern Province) and Nyaruguru district (Southern Province).YWCA implements the project in five secondary schools as the target group falls between 12-15 years. Creation of leadership clubs in the schools, training on my changing body, training on follow your dream and training on the Great Kit are the activities conducted in this project. In a nutshell, the overall goal of the project is to create an environment for ‘girls’ safe schools’ and building girls’ personal, social and financial assets through social and financial education.

Keeping Girls at School (KGAS)

Keeping Girls at School (KGAS) project is implemented in partnership with CARE International as leading partner of the consortium, AEE and ARCT RUHUKA as a crosscutting partner. KGAS targets 5,000 girls within three districts with 1,619 grouped into 61 clubs in ten schools of the Nyaruguru District. Our objective is to retain the current number of students and to increase the total number of girls in school. Additionally, YWCA aims to provide support to complete school and also to transition from lower to upper secondary.

We decrease school dropout rates by addressing the social and emotional challenges which expose girls to sexual predation and gender-base violence resulting in unwanted pregnancies and rejection by parents or guardians. Economical challenges are faced through financial literacy skills learning with our Voluntary Savings and Loans (VSL) method along with promoting child friendly entrepreneurship. We are able to measure the quality of services provided and monitor school environments through the use of Community Score Cards (CSC).

GrowUpSmart

YWCA Rwanda in partnership with Georgetown University through its Institute for Reproductive Health implemented Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM Project in Rwanda).

The CycleSmart program was piloted in Muhanga and Nyabihu Districts. CycleSmart kit includes Cyclebeads, a calendar, a weekly diary, reusable/washable sanitary napkins and a brochure which covers topics like the menstrual cycle, puberty related changes, risk of pregnancy, gender norms, and safety tips. We are happy to announce the pilot reached 40 beneficiaries (girls and boys 10 to 14) and we are hoping to increase this number.

Cyclesmart has revolved in to GrowUpSmart in order to increase the involvement of boys and has reached 1,350 girls and boys and 450 parents. GrowUpSmart uses the Cyclesmart kit and the My Changing Body (2nd edition) training curriculum which features interactive sessions to learn about puberty, fertility and the body, self-image, gender norms and roles, communication, protective and risky behaviors and relationships in and outside the home to improve their livelihood. Parents receive participatory activities to increase their awareness of puberty-related issues and build skills to effectively support their children’s needs. The Great Very Young Adolescent (VYA) tool kit is another tool used that is designed for small-facilitated groups of adolescents. Kits include Growing up GREAT flipbooks that tell relatable stories to explain changes their bodies go through as well as lessons on gender equality. YVA activity cards also teach equality, reproductive health and safety. A game called the GREAT Game is made up of a canvas game board and four sets of game cards. This game is used to teach and discuss reproductive health, safety and equality.