Caritas Rwanda USAID Gimbuka Staff Capacity Development for Quality Service Delivery
Kabgayi, 23rd to 26th April 2019
USAID Gimbuka is implemented by Caritas Rwanda since September 12th, 2012. The main objective of the program is to improve the nutritional status of children under five and vulnerable pregnant and lactating mothers, to strengthen the economic status and well-being of Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), their families and People Living with HIV, as well as support Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) to develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aid Free, Mentored and Safe lives (DREAMS). Nowadays, Gimbuka directly supports 116,368 beneficiaries among them 92,782 under five children, 6,200 OVC, 6,271 AGYW in DREAMS component, and supports 11,115 households through their efforts towards self-reliance.
Gimbuka program is aware that vulnerable children face many wounds due to their status hence the
program provide psychosocial support to help them cope with their daily life and resume the normal living standards. Accompanied by well skilled personnel, vulnerable children recover their self-esteem and become active rather than passive victims. In this regard, the program organizes and conducts the training for the whole staff who in turn train the program volunteers on the covered topics. Hence the trained staff (both new recruited and existing) get refresher session on yearly basis to make sure the staff are enough equipped with the new skills, methods, and processes to meet the required standards in providing psychosocial support to vulnerable Children and their families. In this regards 35 USAID Gimbuka staff were refreshed from 23rd through 26th April 2019 on various topics including: Psychosocial support, that refers to the actions that address both psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health to be able to accompany Adolescent girls and young women, HIV prevention including its transmission means, way of prevention, treatment including ART with emphasis on the available HIV/AIDS services in Rwanda health system, Stigma and discrimination that keep individuals from seeking out services that can improve their health and wellbeing, or, in some cases, save their lives, Child rights as per the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). There has been emphasis on child rights classification in “3Ps” namely provision, Protection, and participation.
As Caritas Rwanda cares about inclusion of people with disabilities in all its programs, attendees had an opportunity to interact with staff from National Council for People with Disability (NCPD): Mr. MURERA Emmanuel, Research and Disability mainstreaming and Mrs. MUKARUGWIZA Clemence, Legal affairs. The NCPPD guests stressed on Advocacy for child with disability; Mainstreaming; Prevention and Mitigation; Cooperation and collaboration with potential partners.
Caritas Rwanda commends the partnership with USAID and recognizes that vulnerable people supported are getting better thanks to the American People.
By Prosper SEBAGENZI, Programs' Director