Reducing vulnerabilities with the USAID Turengere Abana program

Program start 2012
Impacted population 150,000

Reducing Vulnerabilities in Nutrition, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

Context

Rwanda is still affected by the 1994 genocide, during which nearly one million Tutsis were massacred. The democratically elected Rwandan Patriotic Front gradually restored order, security and then civil service and ensured the stability of the country.

Rwanda was one of the few countries that had been able to achieve most of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Substantial progress has been made in poverty reduction, education and HIV prevention. Despite these successes, Rwanda is still a poor country, ranked 158th out of 189 by the latest UNDP Human Development Index in 2018. It faces significant development challenges. Chronic malnutrition, poor infrastructure, lack of access to electricity, early childhood development, child mortality, the quality of education and the prevention of violence against children all require sustained attention.

Our action

The Turengere Abana project, supported by USAID and implemented between 2012 and 2020 by FXB Rwanda in the districts of Huye, Kayonza, Burera, Musanze and Nyanza aims to:

  • To improve the nutritional status of pregnant women, nursing mothers and nearly 80,000 children under the age of 5 living in Nyanza district through targeted nutritional interventions based on the specific needs of the beneficiary populations.
  • To reduce risks of HIV/AIDS infection of 6,500 girls, adolescents and young women, aged from 10-24 years, through activities to prevent HIV and sexual and gender-based violence on the one hand, and to develop professional and technical, financial, psychosocial, and interpersonal skills on the other.
  • Reducing the vulnerability of 50,000 families in terms of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and learning in good WASH practices.

Program impact

Between 2014 and 2019, as part of its activities to fight HIV/AIDS, FXB Rwanda has carried out prevention and free voluntary testing among 550,000 people. 250,000 condoms were distributed to prevent new HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies.

In addition, through all its dedicated actions, FXB Rwanda has trained more than 134,000 families in appropriate behaviors and good practices in WASH. Among them, 117,000 have built covered latrines and handwashing stations.

Testimonial

FXB's intervention helped us face the death of our parents and manage the stigmatization, as well as enabling us to solve our sanitary, schooling and nutrition problems. What a joy for us to finally be able to build our future.

Olivier