Building Resilience, Addressing Vulnerability

Through the USAID Higa Ubeho program ("be determined and live"), Global Communities is working to reduce the risk and impact of HIV/AIDS and other health problems of the most vulnerable populations in Rwanda, especially people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), and their families. The aim of the program is to build the capacity of local institutions to provide services to vulnerable populations by promoting health-seeking behavior, access to key services such as education and psychosocial support, building family-level assets, and improving food security.

Global Communities is also implementing the USAID Ejo Heza program (“brighter future”) which aims to improve the livelihoods and food consumption of 75,000 of Rwanda’s very poor, particularly women. USAID Ejo Heza helps by building the capacity of low-income households to access financial services and necessary to grow their enterprises while assisting financial service providers to develop and deliver effective products to the rural market. The program also supports financial literacy, integrates nutrition messaging and promotes kitchen gardening and improved food handling to support more nutritious diets. With an additional $1 million grant from the WalMart Foundation, the program is reaching another 50,000 smallholders, mostly women, to help them acquire practical knowledge about improved agricultural techniques and marketing of commodities. 

To learn more, please read the USAID Higa Ubeho Fact Sheet or the USAID Ejo Heza Fact Sheet.

Promoting Cooperative Development for Sustainability

Global Communities is also helping to expand economic opportunities for vulnerable populations by promoting cooperative development. Global Communities is helping HIV-affected individuals develop new productive enterprises and services through cooperative activities. By encouraging beneficiaries to form for-profit cooperatives, they can pursue employment-generating activities and ensure they become financially sustainable. Global Communities teaches these newly formed cooperative enterprises how to pool their resources, improve their production skills, and better market their products.

Through the Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE) program, Global Communities is working with fledgling cooperatives comprised largely of poor farmers in remote rural areas. Global Communities conducted a value chain assessment of the fruit and vegetable sectors, finding that improved access to inputs and services would most dramatically impact livelihoods. EMIRGE is leveraging the cooperative network to introduce and disseminate improved cultivation techniques, while providing the management assistance to strengthen cooperatives business prospects.

Read more about Global Communities' work promoting the development of cooperatives.

To learn more about our programs, please visit the Global Communities Rwanda website


Community HIV-AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP)

Our current programs in Rwanda build upon the accomplishments of the USAID/PEPFAR program which Global Communities implemented from 2005-2009 . Successful outcomes of CHAMP include:

  • More than 170,000 people reached through HIV/AIDS prevention messages
  • Nearly 40,000 orphans and vulnerable children received health and nutrition education, clinical services, and school supplies and uniforms so that they can continue their education
  • Over 26,500 people received palliative care services, including counseling, nutrition, home care and hospital-related support
  • Over 3,000 men and women have been trained in providing HIV and AIDS-related palliative care services
  • Over 1,000 child-headed households received vocational training and donations of basic necessities