Jun 05, 2019
A project in Kenya that addresses sexual health and gender-based violence (GBV) is taking a novel approach by deliberately involving men and boys in its outreach. Global Communities implements the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS project, which works with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to ensure they lived Determined, Resilient, Empowered,  AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe Lives in Kenya and Rwanda. The girls who are part of the DREAMS project are some of the most vulnerable among Kenyan youth. Many AGYW in Kenya living in extreme poverty are forced to support themselves and their families with sex work. Their education levels are low, especially if they have dropped out because of pregnancy or health problems, and often the education level of their parents is low too. Women often need male... Read more
May 14, 2019
In Kenya, Global Communities is implementing the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) DREAMS initaitive, which aims to help adolescent girls and young women lead Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe lives. Below is a video on the impact of a public private partnership between the DREAMS program and Kenya Commercial Bank’s (KCB) 2jiajiri initiative, which seeks to empower and equip unemployed and out-of-school youth to grow micro enterprises by providing them with technical skill training opportunities. The initiative also aims to upskill and certify existing micro-entrepreneurs who wish to move their business from the informal to the formal sector. The video profiles Helen Kasuki, who got her... Read more
Apr 16, 2019
In Rwanda, HIV prevalence is highest among youth aged 20-24. It is against this background that the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe) program was launched in five districts to address structural drivers of HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), which includes poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. In 2018, the USAID Twiyubake program, which assists 50,000 households in 12 districts of Rwanda and is implemented by Global Communities, expanded to also provide DREAMS program activities. In order to achieve success through DREAMS, young women and adolescents at times must transcend incredible life difficulties and embrace the program’s offerings, which support participants throughout months of... Read more
Apr 04, 2019
By David Weiss, President & CEO, Global Communities Global Communities has been working in Honduras for more than 30 years. We help Hondurans develop sustainable solutions for unemployed youth who often have little choice but to join a gang. We help Hondurans to combat Zika, Malaria, and HIV health crises. And we help their farmers find relief from drought. Through our community-led work, we have seen time and time again that Hondurans would prefer to stay at home. They don’t want to make the treacherous journey north just to survive. One family farmer, for example, shared with us that after getting involved in our community-led water harvesting project, he and his family now have hope, and no longer see the need to leave their country. For the first time, many farmers in the dry... Read more
Mar 08, 2019
By Betty Adera, CoP DREAMS Program    International Women’s Day is here again and I face it with a lot of nostalgia. The global theme for the day being ‘Balance for Better’ resonates a lot with me because imbalance sits at the core of the limitations and barriers to progress, especially that of women. Just by definition, the concept of gender being socially and culturally differentiated roles and behaviours of men and women shows an imbalance. Culturally, for instance, the roles of women are to be submissive, particularly to men, while the roles and behaviour of men involve them being aggressive, masculine, tough and in control. Further, issues of access, ownership and control of family/household resources would largely be the job of the man. Women can have access to the... Read more
Nov 30, 2018
Critical Health Services for Young Women and Girls: DREAMS Opens First Wellness Centre in Nairobi Settlement By Betty Adera, DREAMS Chief of Party, Nairobi One of the surest ways to ensure that people with HIV get the treatment they need is by knowing their status. Without that knowledge, their health invariably deteriorates and they may unknowingly infect others. The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day on December 1 is “Know Your Status,” and just a few days prior, the DREAMS Wellness Centre will open in the Pumwani informal settlement of Nairobi. The first of its kind, the Centre will offer HIV testing and health management... Read more
Oct 10, 2018
Creating Safe Spaces for Adolescent Girls and Young Women View the photo essay below below or on Exposure here.
Sep 20, 2018
Building Resiliency among Families in Rwanda USAID-funded Twiyubake Program makes an impact on vulnerable rural families View our Exposure piece below or at the link here.
Jul 25, 2018
Building Resiliency among Families in Rwanda USAID-funded Twiyubake Program makes an impact on vulnerable rural families The Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) Program, locally known as USAID Twiyubake (“Build Together” in Kinyarwandan) aims to assist 50,000 vulnerable households in 12 districts on Rwanda. The program is designed to build and enhance lasting self-reliance in a way that promotes mutual support. The program objectives include increasing capacity of families and communities to provide better care for vulnerable individuals; improving household and community care and support practices for vulnerable populations, especially children; and increasing access to education and social services for vulnerable populations.
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