Around 2PM, on the 2nd April 2017, RVCP volunteers have had an outreach at MATYAZO.
This is via the HIV/AIDS Raising Awareness Project through which we are in partnership with Join Our Hands initiative.
During this outreach, around three hundred people were present and volunteers raised awareness about HIV/AIDS and HEPATITIS B and C.
A memory photo with single mothers at MATYAZO
as a great pleasure to express a great gratitude to the partners of the project, Join Our Hands Initiative.
In the dusk of 21st December 2016, at the office of Ngoma sector-HUYE district, there has been an inspiring event of providing 11 goats to 11 young mothers from three anti HIV/AIDS clubs which are Kaburemera, Matyazo and Nyakagezi clubs in other to improve their standard of living . This project has been done by Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) through its HIV/AIDS prevention program and sponsored the family two German medical students Martin Knippenberg and Jan Niklas Petry-Schmelzer. The guests of honor were invitee from the sector of Ngoma in Huye district and the two sponsors. The event attendance included also anti-HIV/AIDS clubs and RVCP members.
In his speech, the HIV/AIDS prevention program director Mr Mashyaka Emmanuel asked the attendees of the event especially younger mothers to be self-relied in searching solutions to different problems they meet and help each other in what they have. He also asked those women who got goats, if they reproduce, to provide only the first goat to others likely vulnerable single mothers in their community, thus helping the whole community to develop.
Martin, on behalf of supportive team, asked those women to take care of the goats and he assured the partnership in other coming RVCP projects.
On behalf of the local community leaders, the sector leader in charge of local government thanked RVCP and the two sponsors, and asked women to emphasize family planning in their villages. He also requested RVCP to continue educating people and working with clubs for the development of the country.
On behalf of RVCP, the Vice coordinator Miss Florence Sibomana thanks the sponsors for the great impact they made on the future of the mothers who received the goats as well as of their children. She promised RVCP will keep advocate and helping vulnerable people in our community.
At the end of the event, the women were happy to receive goats and assured they assured to pass the great help and love they got from RVCP to their club mates then neighbors.
RVCP has a pleasure to recognize the sponsors Jan and Martin and is standby to help the community in HIV/AIDS prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health.
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
RVCP volunteers , Germany students and beneficiaries
Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) through its HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual reproductive health, and family planning Program and partners, spearheaded the ceremony of World AIDS Day 2016 in Huye district on December 1 at Kamena stadium,
The eventful ceremony that attracted close to 350 people, was preceded by HIV fight and prevention week, a week of outreach activities, public lectures and awareness campaigns in schools, markets, youth clubs and centers, all done by RVCP volunteers in different parts of the Southern Province’s district.
Apart from raising awareness activities, RVCP partnered with AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF Rwanda) to help hundreds know their HIV status through voluntary testing and counseling on the eventual #WAD2016, a day the world
The event, in a rainy morning of December 1, 2016, which started at 10 AM, was attended by Huye district Vice Mayor in charge of social affairs, Mrs. Christine Niwemugeni as the guest of honor.
The ceremony also had in presence a representative of University of Rwanda – Huye campus and an envoy from AIDS health Care foundatio(AHF Rwanda), Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Rwanda among other chef guests. Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) was also represented.
In her remarks, the Vice Mayor appealed to youth to be responsible, treasure their lives while they still can, protect lives of loved ones and their communities. She also stressed on the fact that the government invests a lot in availing antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS positive Rwandans and if preventive measures and practices were taken more seriously, that huge budget would be used in other areas of development of the country.
“Youths, especially you (university students), should be the driving force in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The future of this country lies in your hands, take good care of yourselves and your communities. HIV is preventable, let’s focus on insuring there is zero new infection and those already infected, are taken good care of and able to pursue their dreams.” Vice Mayor Niwemugeni told the youthful audience.
The Vice Mayor also roared the good step RVCP has taken in working with rural areas of the district to change lives for the better in terms of living standards and health conditions, “This is really a commendable job, committing yourselves for the betterment of rural communities in our district is noble and you should keep it up.”
This event started with a walk from Huye Complex Market to Kamena Stadium, a walk of around 20 minutes to raise public awareness, stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported in early 1980s.
The World AIDS Day ceremony organized by RVCP in Huye was the country’s second biggest after the one held on national level at Kigali Regional Stadium in Nyamirambo.
The eventful ceremony that attracted around 350 people
Huye district Vice Mayor in charge of social affairs, Mrs. Christine Niwemugeni
Through its malaria prevention program, Rwanda Village Concept Project, RVCP, warned Mbazi sector residents to be precautious about malaria which is on rise again.
The youth-led organization called on citizens to make the fight against malaria outbreak their own after the monthly community service, Umuganda, held on Saturday, April 30 in Mbazi sector, Huye district of the Southern Province of Rwanda.
The one-hour long interactive conversation between RVCP and hundreds of the local population who participated in Umuganda, focused on how to improve their living and health status but particularly how to individually and collectively combat the resuscitating malaria, one of the most notorious diseases in Rwanda, in the region and Africa at large.
Also in presence was the Governor of South Province Mr. Alphonse Munyentwari, a team of twelve senators led by honorable Professor Laurent Nkusi, Vice Mayor of Huye district and the Executive Secretary of Mbazi sector among other distinguished guests. In his remarks after the community service, Governor Munyentwari commended RVCP, “It is true, Malaria is back and more dangerous this time round, it’s up to us to fight it. This youth organization [RVCP] is doing a great work,”
Only last year (2015), nearly two million new cases of malaria were recorded in Rwanda, the biggest number in years. The escalation of numbers was highly attributed to climate change the ministry of health has ever since set up new strategies to uproot the menace.
To that end, RVCP also donated health insurance to eight people from poor families who could not afford them. Such activities and campaigns fall in our framework, RVCP’s main goal is to improve the living standards and health conditions of underprivileged communities, especially in rural areas.
RWANDA Village Concept Project, RVCP, joined Nyakagezi village residents to celebrate World AIDS Day 2015, a day that is celebrating globally on 1st of December every year.
Due to tight schedules of RVCP members/volunteers and availability of inhabitants, celebration activities took place on Saturday, November 28th from 7:30am to 8pm in Nyakagezi village, Huye sector, South Province.Member of Parliament honorable Gloriose was the guest of honor.
The theme of the one-day event was “Getting to Zero”, a great opportunity to raising awareness of the deadly HIV/AIDS in the community as the world targets to get to zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS related deaths. Apart from RVCP volunteers and ordinary citizens of the Nyakagezi community, this event also attracted community leaders, community health workers, researchers, local businessmen and women, faith and religious organizations leaders among others.
The one-day annual event directly benefitted over 250 people in attendance including RVCP members, volunteers and the community of Nyakagezi cell. It was also estimated that the message of the day was sprayed to over 5000 people in Huye and Gisagara districts since attendees were urged to be good
messengers to their homes, neighborhoods and communities.
Event organizers, RVCP, also used renowned media houses of the country such as Igihe.com, Radio Salus, Flash FM and the national broadcaster RBA to spread the word countrywide.
Among activities of the action-packed day included the community work (umuganda) in Nyakagezi cell by local residents and 40 members of the HIV prevention program in RVCP spearheaded by program director Ms. Marie Florentine Hategekimana who afterwards provided a public lecture on HIV awareness, stressing on the theme and explaining why and how to beat the deadly disease to zero, reaching zero discrimination, zero new infection and zero HIV related death.
Later, Florentine was joined by Mme Claudine, a single mother from Tumba Tubeho youth club where both combined to teach the audience on preventive methods emphasizing on the accurate and correct use of condom. Thereafter,Mme Claudine demonstrated to onlookers the proper use of a condom as previously taught by the RVCP- HIV prevention program department.
In her address, honorable Gloriose who was the guest of honor, called on youth to be key players in fighting HIV/AIDS, urging them to work hard, be self-reliant so they can avoid/decline poisoned gifts from sugar daddies and mammies who drive them in malicious ways before labeling it as currently one of the major contributors of HIV injections and unwanted pregnancies.
Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) also partnered with Huye-based Sovu Health Center for a free of charge HIV testing and patient counseling activity, a voluntary program that saw a total of 126 people tested and counselled on how to behave from then onward.
The eventful day packed with multiple agendas on schedule, ended with the screening of a movie called ‘If I Knew’ which basically narrates the life of a young woman who was enticed with a fancy life through shortcuts and ended up HIV positive and unwanted pregnancy.
A queue of people involving in HIV self test
During the test
EXECUTIVE OF HUYE SECTOR
RVCP volunteers with two guests of honor.
Distribution of condom among the people.
The Rwanda Village Concept Project in collaboration with students from Maryland University initiated the Oral Health Awareness initiative aiming at educating primary school children the importance of having and maintaining oral hygiene.
Following a needs assessment that was carried out at Rukara Primary school, teaching sessions were conducted, once the students completed the teaching sessions, they were also given tooth brushes and tooth pastes as lack of these tools was one of the major problems identified in this school.
More teaching sessions are planned for more classes as we aim to expand this initiative and reach more primary schools
The Rwanda Village Concept Project organizes annually the Candlelight Memorial, the candlelight memorial is an internationally commemorated day to honor those who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic and to raise awareness among youth on HIV/AIDS with a theme "SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS". This year it was commemorated on the 5th July 2015. It is annually celebrated on the third Sunday of May, but due to a very tight school schedule, it was postponed to July.
It has been initiated since 1983 by the coalition of community non-governmental organizations globally coordinated by Global Network of people living with HIV (PLWHIV). And RVCP is commemorating it from 2005.
The purpose of the day is trying to address the ignorance of candle light memorial day in our community. Whereby diverse group of community leaders including community health workers, researchers, business people, faith and organization leaders and concerned individuals to take part in HIV awareness and stigma eradication in HIV victims according to the annual theme.
Objectives and results of the event
Partners and all stakeholders
Students from Thomas Jefferson University
Huye youth friendly center former DUSHISHOZE center
Society for family health Rwanda (SFH)
Huye district through Ngoma sector
National Police Ngoma station
MEDIA(RC huye, Salus Radio,Igihe.com)
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.
This event has been prepared by Hategekimana Florentine/HIV prevention program in touch with Karara Jackson /the vice director of the program.
Theme: Menstruation is a normal biological process and a sign of good health.
Pyramid program has cerebrated the menstrual hygiene day with students girls and boys from Group Scholaire de Rukira the 28/05/2015 with "Menstruation is a normal biological process and a sign of good health" as the theme of the day which inspired the organizers to invite both girls and boys from the school to cerebrate together the Menstrual hygiene day. Students(girls and boys) have exposed different problems girls encounter in our society that prevent them to cope with a good hygiene during their menses and different problems they have about Menstrual Hygiene Practices. At the end some resolutions at different levels were proposed by the students themselves, and others were given by the volunteers of pyramid program as what everyone can do personally, what can be done by institutions:schools,offices & in other public areas like providing changing rooms for girls & women and hygienic materials needed by them during they periods. Though, the big challenge is still that menstruation in our community is still a subject that can't be talked about openly in public, and the strategy to motivate them was to award the active students with some gifts like pads for girls, soaps and notebooks for both girls and boys, at the end students were very happy, they got the message and were given leaflets that would help them to remind what they have learnt that day! Menstrual hygiene Day has been recently set by WASH program to help the girls and women explore the challenges they face in their everyday life due to their menses and finding solutions to them for their well being. Menstrual Hygiene day in pyramid program were prepared by ABIZERA Nadine pyramid program director and Bazoza Elsa Lina one active member of pyramid program.
A group of 14 University Students from the American University, Washington DC visited the Rwanda Village Concept Project to learn how student initiatives can contribute to community development. In their 22 days trip in Rwanda, this group of students visit different places to learn how Rwanda is moving through the post-conflict period.
Through this visit these students were introduced to RVCP and mainly the HIV/AIDS program, which is among our main programs of raising awareness and combating HIV/AIDS in youth.