Program Introduction

USAID Turengere Abana ‘Let us protect the children’ is a USAID funded program implemented by FXB Rwanda. It started in 2012 with the aim of improving the social and economic well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their families, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. Later on, the program introduced the Nutrition and Wash components with the aim of improving the nutritional status of women and children especially those under 2 years of age. In 2018, the program started implementing DREAMS activities that aim at preventing new infections among Adolescent Girls and Young Women. The nutrition component will phase-out in September 2020 but DREAMS and OVC component will scale-up and are set to end in 2022.

COMPONENTS

Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

It aims at supporting orphans and vulnerable children, especially those affected or/infected by HIV/AIDS in the domain of education (Primary, Secondary and TVET), HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health and rights education. Their families are empowered economically through income generation development and savings groups. Children aged under six benefit from ECD services.

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Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Nutrition and WASH

The goal of this component is to improve the nutritional status of 32,000 pregnant, lactating women and 76,957 children under five, through community based nutrition interventions. It also aims at improving the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene conditions of 50,000 households

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Nutrition.

DREAMS

DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) is a component of the program that aims at reducing HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 10-24 by building their capacity. They are trained and mentored in the domain of life skills, Sexual reproductive health, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, HIV prevention, psychosocial support among others. The program also offers support in education (Primary, secondary and TVET) and economic empowerment

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DREAMS.

Impact

⦁ A total of 37,405 orphans/ vulnerable children and 7,156 adolescents girls and young women were reached with HIV prevention interventions
⦁ The program has supported 21,973 (102% of the target of 21,500) vulnerable children and 4,628 adolescent girls and young women to attend primary and secondary school. They were provided with school uniforms, school materials and school fees where applicable
⦁ 1073 youth were supported through Technical, Education and Vocational training. They were provided with school materials, uniforms and school fees. At the end of their training they received a business development training and tool kits to help them start their own businesses
⦁ 16,887 caregivers, parents and/or elder AGYW were reached with economic empowerment interventions. Through savings groups, they have been able to save up to 181,000 USD
⦁ The program has reached 71,951 children under five years of age and 31,712 pregnant women with nutrition interventions
⦁ 46,513 households were reached by WASH interventions and have been able to improve their sanitation/latrines and hand washing behaviors